The Current is a meeting place of perspectives, ideas and voices, with a fresh take on issues that affect Canadians today. Our team of journalists--based in every major region of the country--think locally and globally. We bring new insight to stories that Canadians are talking about now, and we uncover stories they'll be talking about next week and next year.
We don't just talk about the issues. We poke and prod them and look at them from new angles, shedding light on what needs to be exposed and taking delight in the surprising twists and turns our stories take. Nothing's off limits--politics, business, culture, justice, science, religion--if it's pertinent to Canadians, it's on the Current agenda.
Host Anna Maria Tremonti is our focal point. Her wealth of experience and journalistic savvy bring depth and sharpness to The Current as it unfolds from coast to coast to coast.
Lisa Ayuso - Associate Producer
Lisa, formerly known as the Clockwatcher to Workology fans, has been keeping busy at The Current since 2003. She started at the CBC in 1999 at This Morning and since then has worked on Workology, Richler on Radio, Sounds Like Canada as well as other CBC radio projects. As a Toronto performer, she was a member of Pretty, Porky and Pissed Off and the co-founder of The Corporate Wetnurse Association. Lisa is a loving fan of Dolly Parton.
Willy Barth - Senior Producer/Studio Director
Willy has been with CBC Radio since 1980, and has become a staple of morning radio. Prior to The Current, he worked at Morningside, serving as Peter Gzowski's remote producer whenever the show went on the road, and directing Peter's last program in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Willy went on to become morning senior editor for This Morning, in charge of final script edit, line-up, production value and studio direction. He has been with The Current since it it took to the air in November 2002, and has been Anna Maria's right-hand man in the mornings ever since.
Sujata Berry - Producer
Sujata has been a producer with the CBC since 1993. She became a full time member of The Current team in 2011 after doing numerous shorter stints on the show. Prior to that, she worked in television news in Toronto, Vancouver and Charlottetown and as a documentary and feature interview producer at The National. She's won awards for her journalism at the CBC's Investigative Unit and for developing a website to commemorate the lives of the Canadians who died in the Haiti Earthquake in 2010. She has a Masters of Journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa.
Josh Bloch - Part-Time Producer
Josh joined the CBC in 2010. Before embarking on a career in journalism, he worked in the arts and human rights, including running a social justice arts festival in Toronto, co-creating a theatre project with PEN Canada's writers in exile network, and directing plays written and performed by youth in care.
Howard Goldenthal - Producer
Howard came to The Current in 2007 after 16 years at CBC television's flagship investigative show, the fifth estate. He has won numerous journalism awards, including the Justicia award, and shared the Michener award as part of a team that investigated the wrongful laying of sex abuse charges against members of a foster family in Saskatoon. Some of his other investigations included the Airbus Affair, the infiltration of neo-Nazis into the Canadian Airborne before it was disbanded, and the presence of Somali war criminals in Canada. He also was a finalist for an International Emmy for a documentary examining the plight of animals in movies.
Kathleen Goldhar - Senior Producer/Assignment (Toronto)
Kathleen is one of the original producers of The Current. Her CBC Radio career began in 1999 in Winnipeg, where she worked as a reporter and associate producer. She returned home to Toronto as a producer with National Radio News and As It Happens. Before coming to radio, Kathleen worked as a print reporter at the Whitehorse Daily Star and The Vancouver Sun, and as a student intern at the Toronto Star.
Shannon Higgins - Associate Producer
A graduate of Ryerson University's journalism program, Shannon fell in love with radio co-hostingRude Awakenings -- a weekly campus morning show. She spent 2010 as Editor-in-Chief of The Eyeopener, managing the most award-winning student newspaper in Canada and drinking too much beer. That year, The Eyeopener won two Canadian University Press JHM Awards for Excellence in Student Journalism. Shannon originally came to The Current as an intern in 2009, and never really left for long. She's been with the show full-time since 2011.
Liz Hoath - Producer (Vancouver)
Liz has worked with CBC Radio for 20 years. She's been a producer, host and reporter in Inuvik, Whitehorse, Prince George and now Vancouver. These days, her favourite assignments involve heading out into the field with a recording device to produce documentaries that range from the experience of living in the heart of the oil sands to what it's like to get branded.
Carole Ito - Radio Technician
Carole has worked in live current affairs radio forever ... working on Morningside, As It Happens andThis Morning before coming to The Current.
David MacQuarrie - Writer
David has worked at the CBC on and off -- mostly on -- for more than 30 years. He's been a television reporter in St. John's Newfoundland, Ottawa, Beijing and Toronto. During his time in Toronto, he has alsoproduced, lined up and written the local television newscast, worked with Newsworld and written for CBC.ca He now writes and writes and writes for The Current. He is frequently the translated voice of agitated gentlemen who do not speak English. He plays a frankly annoying theremin.
Cathy Simon - Senior Producer (Vancouver)
Pacinthe Mattar - Associate Producer
Pacinthe came to the CBC in 2009 after a lifetime of growing up between the suburbs of North York, the heat of Saudi Arabia, and the humidity of Dubai, where she began as a contributor to a career magazine published across the Middle East. A graduate of Ryerson's Master of Journalism programme, Pacinthe created a documentary on the niqab that has since been screened at various venues in Toronto. She started as an associate producer with CBC Newsworld, and moved to As It Happens in February of 2011, where she helped cover the uprisings across the Arab world including her native Egypt, occasionally providing on-air translation for Arabic interviews and bursting into a mess of happy tears of joy when Hosni Mubarak resigned. She joined The Current in August of 2011.
Peter Mitton - Producer
Peter spent several years circling the globe as a touring musician before falling into journalism. Prior to joining The Current in 2013, he co-created and produced the CBC summer show Tooth and Claw, and worked as a producer on Q.
Jennifer Moroz - Executive Producer
Jen has made the rounds of print, television and radio. A native of Montreal, she headed south of the border for journalism school and ended up staying for nine years. For most of that time, she was a reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer. She made the leap back home to Canada - and into TV - as a producer, specializing in political interviews, for The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos. She later was a writer for the show - doubling as the voice for The Bio. Jen decided to check out radio next, and came to The Current on temporary assignment in May 2010. She liked it so much, she stayed.
Kristin Nelson - Producer
Before coming to the CBC in 2007, Kristin earned degrees in international development, political science and journalism. She also worked with a non-profit organization in Johannesburg, South Africa, and freelanced for The Toronto Star and This Magazine.
Lara O'Brien - Producer
After studying in Canada and Europe, Lara began her journalism career at CBC's Newsworld in 2004. Soon after, she delved into the world of radio - with an internship at The Current. She's still here. Her specialties include international stories, The Vatican and breaking news.
Gord Westmacott - Producer
Gord came to CBC Radio in the spring of 2002 and spent three years at As It Happens before joiningThe Current. Before that, he worked at counterSpin on CBC Newsworld, Studio 2 on TVOntario and the London Free Press.