Host | CBC News Saturday at 6 pm and CBC Late Night News, Sunday at 11 pm
Nil Köksal is an award-winning journalist and host with CBC Television. She is the weekend anchor for the Canadian Screen Award and Edward R. Murrow award-winning broadcast CBC News Saturday. She also hosts CBC Late Night News on Sunday evenings at 11 pm. Both shows air in the Toronto and Ottawa markets.
In the summer of 2015, Köksal returned from a 6-month assignment in Istanbul, Turkey. Opening a multi-platform pocket bureau for the network, she brought viewers, listeners and readers dozens of stories, covering everything from politics to cultural quirks.
Köksal also travelled to the Syrian border to cover the ongoing battle against ISIS and the region's refugee crisis. She has also reported extensively on international stories developing in New York and Washington, DC, including the first inauguration of Barack Obama.
In 2014, Köksal was part of CBC News Toronto's local and provincial election coverage teams. CBC's Ontario Votes was the night's most watched election special bringing in more than 3 million viewers. In 2013, she won a Canadian Screen Award for her coverage of the disappearance of teenager Mariam Makniashvili.
Köksal was born in Istanbul, Turkey and immigrated to Canada at the age of four. She has degrees in Political Science, English and Journalism from the University of British Columbia and Ryerson University.
She is also on the committee of the Toronto Public Library's young patrons group, the New Collection.
Köksal says, "Audiences are savvy - they want honesty, sincerity and heart from the people they allow into their homes. I hope they feel that in every story I tell."
You can find Nil Köksal on Twitter at @nilkoksalcbc, Facebook and Instagram.
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