Anna Maria Tremonti has been the host of CBC Radio One's The Current since it first burst onto the airwaves in November of 2002. She brings a mix of hard-edged journalism and hard-won empathy to a 90-minute program that tackles everything from the politics of the day, to the changes that affect our society, to the stories of individuals whose personal journeys and traumas affect us all.
The Current marked her return to radio after 19 years with CBC Television, including two years as a host of the flagship investigative program the fifth estate. For nine years she was a foreign correspondent for The National, based in Berlin, London, Jerusalem and Washington. Her assignments abroad included ongoing coverage of the war in Bosnia, the fall of communism, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as the politics of the Arab world, Europe and the United States. Prior to that, Anna Maria reported from Parliament Hill, and worked as a reporter in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Alberta. She began her career in private radio, at CKEC in New Glasgow Nova Scotia.
She has won two Gemini awards, and a life Achievement Award from Women in Film and Television Toronto. Her awards with The Current include: The NY Festival - Gold for Best Talk Special:Interview (2009), Bronze for Best Talk Show Host (2008), Bronze for Best Coverage, Breaking News Story Longform (2007), Silver for International Programming - Talk Special, Host Driven (2006); RTNDA Information Program Award (2006); Science in Society Journalism Award (2006); South Asian Journalists Association, Best Special Project - Kabul (2004).
Anna Maria is a graduate of the Communications Studies program at the University of Windsor. She has honorary doctorates from the University of Windsor and Carleton University in Ottawa.