In a career spanning more than 20 years, Harry Forestell has had a front row seat for the news and the newsmakers that shape our world.
As a freelance reporter in the parliamentary press gallery in Ottawa, he covered breaking political news for local CBC Radio before pursuing a career as a producer of morning radio programs.
In 1995, Forestell moved to London, England, where he worked as a science and medicine correspondent for several international broadcasters, including the BBC World Service, National Public Radio and Radio Deutsche Welle. His work for CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks earned him two awards from the Canadian Science Writers Association.
Forestell rejoined the CBC in England, covering the death of Diana, princess of Wales, in 1997, and reporting on the launch of the European Single Currency as CBC’s European Business Correspondent.
In 1999, he returned to Canada where, as Business Editor for CBC's national morning show, and business correspondent for CBC The National, he guided viewers through the rise and fall of the tech boom, the accounting scandals that followed and the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks on New York’s financial district.
Forestell accepted another CBC posting in London, in 2005, and covered U.K. and international news as CBC Morning’s Foreign Affairs Editor.
As a host-interviewer, Forestell has spoken to personalities as diverse as Shimon Peres, Diana Krall and Bill Gates. He has anchored breaking news specials on the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami of 2004, the London terror bombings of 2005, the 2008 Presidential campaign and the death of Michael Jackson
Most recently, Forestell has been the host of Around the World, CBC's international news roundup, and CBC News Today.
Forestell is a graduate of St. Thomas University in Fredericton and Carleton University in Ottawa. He and his wife, Jenny, have two daughters, Patricia and Erin.
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