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About our Show

Metro Morning is the audio version of Toronto's Yonge Street: a central urban artery that cuts through the heart of the city and beyond; connecting people, neighbourhoods, communities, diverse pockets and populations.

The program expresses the realities of life and experience in Canada's largest city through a weave of news, current affairs and the information you need to start your day, including consistent and predictable weather and traffic.

Hosted by Matt Galloway, Metro Morning presents the city's rich texture through music, poetry, drama, spoken word, live performance and humour.

Metro Morning is Toronto - its face, places, voices and stories.

Enjoy Metro Morning weekdays 5:30-8:30 a.m., or sign up for our podcast. Many of the items we broadcast will be available on this Web site after our show has concluded.

Find out all about the Metro Morning team:

Jill Dempsey - News

You'd never believe it when you hear her warm, cheerful voice very early in the morning, but it takes four - count 'em, four! - alarm clocks to get night owl Jill Dempsey up and rolling in time for her job as newsreader on Metro Morning. Even so, she's worked on the show - with a few breaks - since 1991.

Jill got her start at Toronto's City-TV, working behind the scenes as a writer and producer. She came to CBC in June 1989, anchoring Calgary's late night news. After two months she was tapped as a backup host for Newsworld, a relationship she maintained for six years after she returned to Toronto.

Jill's move to radio came in 1991 when she joined CBC Radio One's Metro Morning. After two years of getting up at the crack of dawn, Jill took over the daytime newscasts. Besides reading and writing the news, Jill has filled in on Fresh Air, Radio Noon and Here and Now. Jill was seconded to the position of co-host on The World at Six with Barbara Smith from the fall of 2002 to the spring of 2003.

Jill has a B.A. in Political Science from York University. For several years, she has also been an instructor in the Radio and Television Arts program at Ryerson University, and she works as a trainer, teaching hosts and newsreaders in both Radio and Television at CBC.

Somehow, despite all that, Jill finds the time to indulge her wanderlust. So far, she has traveled in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Europe, Mexico and of course Canada. She enjoys sports, adores gardening, loves spending time cooking gourmet meals for friends and family, and - true to her Northern Ontario roots - loves the outdoors.

Follow her on twitter @CBCJillDempsey.

Scott Regehr - Sports

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Scott Regehr can be heard weekday mornings across the country as CBC's national sports host.

Since 1999, Scott has been a reporter, host and associate producer for CBC Radio and Television in Vancouver, Yellowknife and Whitehorse (where he was born).

His career has seen him filing stories from an igloo in the high Arctic while the temperature (including wind chill) dropped to -60 celcius outside; alongside an aircraft suspected of being hijacked on September 11, 2001; and at the end of an 800-kilometre walk along the famous Spanish pilgrimage route, the Camino de Santiago.

Scott is also the author of the guide books Canadian Rockies With Kids and America's Desertlands With Kids (PKS Media, 2006).

Along with travel (Scott's lived and worked in Italy, Japan and Guatemala) sport remains his passion - particularly soccer.

He has hosted CBC radio's coverage of the 2006 World Cup in Germany, the 2007 U-20 World Cup in Canada and the Women's World Cup in China.

He obtained a BA in History from Brock University before continuing his studies at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Broadcast Journalism.

Scott now lives in Little Italy in Toronto where he writes, plays competitive soccer and baseball, and follows all that's going on in the world of sport.

Laurie Turcotte - Traffic

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Laurie Turcotte was born in Saskatchewan and raised in a small town outside of Regina. She graduated from the University of Waterloo with a BA in Social Development Studies. After more than a decade working with young offenders and battered women, she began looking for a less emotionally intensive line of work.

She went back to school for broadcasting and began her career as a traffic reporter in Kitchener-Waterloo in 1998. She developed her skills as a reporter, show host, commercial actress, and public speaker, in addition to developing a training system for traffic reporting. She is the weekday traffic reporter for both Metro Morning and Here&Now.

Athletic dabbler, avid bookworm, seeker of Truth, and connoisseur of fine buffalo burgers, when not counting cars, she can be found playing hard at the game of life. And always to win. Favorite quip: "What I lack in height, I make up for in attitude!" She makes her home in the south-west GTA with her fabulous feline, Stella.

Michael Hlinka - Business

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Michael Hlinka joined the CBC in the fall of 2002 as a member of the Metro Morning daily reporting team.

His regular reports offer listeners insights into, and analyses of, the important business issues of the day. Michael is also on the faculty of George Brown College's Financial Planning Department.

His educational background includes an Honours B.A. from the University of Toronto and an M.B.A. from that same school. Michael is also a CFA charterholder.

Born in Toronto, Michael grew up in the same Etobicoke house that his grandfather built some 40 years ago, and his parents continue to live there. Since reaching the age of majority, Toronto-loving Michael has never left the city for more than six weeks; he counts his time away from his hometown as the longest and worst moments of his life!

In his spare time, Michael contributes to Outreach magazine as a sports columnist. He enjoys exercising five times a week at the Central YMCA, where he perspires profusely.

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Armine Yalnizyan - Business

Born and raised in Toronto, Armine Yalnizyan is one of Canada's leading progressive economists, joining the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives in 2008.

She brings a fresh take to business news on Metro Morning each Tuesday and Thursday, breaking down the big picture by drawing on a bilingual honours degree in economics from Glendon College of York University and Université de Bordeaux, France, and a Masters of Industrial Relations from the University of Toronto.

Follow her on twitter @ArmineYalnizyan.