Gillian Findlay hosts and reports for CBC Television's investigative program, the fifth estate; she also host stories on TV and radio as part of the news division's investigative unit.
With the fifth estate, Findlay has hosted programs such as the investigation into the Ontario Lottery Corporation and the revelations around the drowning death of Laura Gainey on the Picton Castle.
Findlay first reported for the fifth estate from 1990-91. Prior to that time, she spent 12 years with CBC Television News, beginning as a general assignment reporter in Vancouver. In 1985, she moved to The Journal as a health reporter and later became a member of their prestigious documentary unit.
While at the fifth estate, her story on David Milgaard helped make the case for his innocence and against the man who was eventually convicted. In 1991, she covered the Dubin Inquiry for The National. Called after the Ben Johnson scandal in 1988 at the Seoul Olympics, the national inquiry investigated the use of banned substances by Canadian athletes.
Later that year, Findlay was named London correspondent for CBC News. From London, she covered such stories as the war in the former Yugoslavia, the famine in Somalia, the Persian Gulf War and its aftermath, the attempted coup in Russia in 1993, and the 1994 elections in South Africa.
In 1994, as ABC News' Moscow-based correspondent, she covered the war in Chechnya and also reported on Russia's most historic presidential election. Findlay spent eight years reporting for ABC News-first in Moscow and then in Jerusalem. As ABC's Middle East correspondent, she covered the Palestinian Intifada. Findlay also reported on events in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan.
She returned to Canada and to CBC-TV in 2002 to co-host the investigative program CBC News: Disclosure for two seasons.
Findlay has been nominated for more than 10 Gemini Awards, and two years ago won the Gemini for Best Host of an Information Program. While with ABC, she was nominated for an Emmy Award; she was also part of the ABC team that won a special Emmy in 2001 for their coverage of Sept. 11.
Gillian Findlay studied history and literature at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver and holds a degree in broadcast journalism from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
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