CBC Montreal: television news team

Debra Arbec
Debra Arbec
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Debra Arbec has been covering daily news in Montreal since 1989. She knows the city and the people who live here. The veteran reporter and anchor joined CBC News: Montreal at 5, 5:30 and 6 as co-host in May of 2011.

Before joining CBC, Debra worked at CTV Montreal, where she anchored various newscasts and reported on major stories for nearly 14 years. After 911, in an attempt to foster understanding in multi-cultural Montreal, she created a popular weekly feature called My Montreal. Debra started out in journalism at CJAD Radio, and also worked at Mix 96 and The Weather Network. Debra was born in Montreal and is a graduate of Concordia's Journalism Department.

Throughout her career, she has received several journalism awards, including two RTNDA Dan MacArthur Awards: One for a special report on teen gambling, another for a report on suicide. She was also a Canadian Association of Broadcasters Gold Ribbon finalist for diversity reporting.

Along with her duties at the CBC Montreal anchor desk, Debra also produces the uplifting Montrealer of the Week. The Friday segment features ordinary Montrealers doing extraordinary things. When she is not working, Debra is usually walking her dogs - Scooter and Libby - cooking or running marathons.
Frank Cavallaro
Frank Cavallaro, Weather
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CBC Weather Specialist Frank Cavallaro is a Montreal native who has been forecasting since the late 1980s. He is a member of CMOS, the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, and he has won numerous weather awards including being voted the World's Top Weather Presenter at the International Weather Festival in Paris in 2002.

Before he began his extensive broadcasting career in radio and television, Frank worked as a travel consultant. In his free time, he enjoys golf, working out, and watching his son play soccer.
Nancy Wood
Nancy Wood
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Nancy Wood is the host of CBC News Montreal Late Night, weeknights at 10:55 p.m. She returns to CBC Montreal after 2 years with Radio-Canada's Enquête, a current affairs investigative program where she worked on investigations into air-taxi safety, the Montreal Casino and the Canadian Forces.

Wood has covered a wide range of events during her 27 years as a journalist, from federal and provincial politics to natural disasters and crime. She began her career in 1985 as a staff reporter with The Montreal Gazette. She went on to The Toronto Star and became a senior writer from Maclean's Magazine's Ottawa bureau. In 1994, she joined CBC Radio as a writer-broadcaster, later hosting Radio Noon and Daybreak.

Born in Montreal, Wood graduated Concordia University, where she studied journalism.
Thomas Daigle
Thomas Daigle
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Thomas Daigle is a videojournalist and the host of CBC News Montreal at 6 on Saturday and Late Night Sunday.

Born in New Brunswick, he studied journalism at Concordia University and quickly fell in love with Montreal's vibrant culture. Thomas joined the CBC Montreal team in June 2011 after more than a decade of experience on the air, reporting both in French and English.
Sabrina Marandola
Sabrina Marandola
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Sabrina Marandola is the Weather Presenter for CBC News Montreal Late Night (Monday-Friday). She is also a journalist for CBC Radio One’s Homerun, and CBC News Montreal.

Born and raised in Montreal’s East End, Sabrina graduated with distinction from Concordia University's joint specialization program in Communications & Journalism.

Sabrina joined the CBC in 2008, thrilled to share her skills as a writer/broadcaster, news reporter, web journalist, traffic reporter, weather presenter, host, producer, line-up editor and studio director. When she is not working, Sabrina cannot get away from her Italian roots. She writes for Panoram Italia Magazine, loves to visit her friends and relatives in Italy every few years, and is a self-confessed pizza addict.
Anna Askimakopulos
Anna Asimakopulos
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Raised within a family that strictly forbade television, Anna Asimakopulos rebelled and therein sealed her fate. During a lengthy career with CBC, she has worked her way up from editorial assistant, to reporter for the show Busy Bodies, then a news reporter for Newswatch, to her present position as arts reporter for CBC News: Montreal at Six.
Kristin Falcao
Kristin Falcao
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After receiving her Journalism degree from Concordia University in 2003, Kristin’s broadcasting career began at CTV Montreal where she worked her way up from researcher to arts and entertainment reporter.

Four years later she joined the CBC News: Montreal at Six team as a weather specialist. When she’s not tracking the latest snowstorm, she’s working as a news reporter, show writer or researcher.

In her spare time, Kristin enjoys traveling, yoga, jogging and spending time with her two Boston Terriers.
Shari Okeke
Shari Okeke
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Shari Okeke has been with CBC Television for 10 years. She started at Newsworld in Toronto shortly after completing a Master of Arts in journalism at the University of Western Ontario.

In Toronto Shari worked as a producer on Politics, CBC Morning and The National Magazine. Born and raised in Montreal, Shari returned in 1999 and started reporting. She has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Concordia University which she put to use as Montreal's Network Business Reporter from 2000-2006.
Andie Bennett
Andie Bennett
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Andie is a sports reporter for CBC News Montreal and CBC Radio One's weekday morning show, Daybreak. A Communications graduate from Concordia University, Andie grew up on the West Island. She spent the past six years covering the Habs and sports reporting for the drive show on THE TEAM 990.

When she's not covering sports, she's participating in them. Andie spent her childhood on the baseball diamond and went on to row Concordia Crew and instruct rock climbing. She also enjoys snowboarding.