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Gillian Findlay

Gillian Findlay

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A four time Gemini/Canadian Screen award winner, Gillian Findlay hosts and reports for CBC Television's investigative program, the fifth estate. Over the years she has led dozens of investigations into topics ranging from lottery fraud to child abuse to medical malpractice to police misconduct. In 2018 she was awarded the Canadian Screen Award for Best Host in an Information Series for a year-long probe of teen suicides in the northern Manitoba community of Cross Lake.

Findlay started her career with CBC News in Vancouver as a general-assignment reporter. That was followed by stints at The Journal and The National and a one-year engagement with the fifth estate, during which she helped make the case for David Milgard's innocence and eventual pardon.

In 1991 she was named the CBC's London correspondent responsible for coverage for much of Europe and Africa, including wars in the former Yugoslavia and the Persian Gulf, as well as famine in Somalia and historic elections in South Africa in 1994.

In 1994 she was recruited by ABC News as that network's Moscow correspondent and in 1997 she was appointed ABC's Middle East correspondent, reporting on events in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan, as well as Israel and the Palestinian territories.

Findlay returned to Canada and to CBC-TV in 2002 to co-host the investigative program CBC News: Disclosure. Two years later she re-joined flagship program the fifth estate. Recent investigations have included how the CBC handled allegations of abuse against former CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi, as well as charges of systemic racism against the Thunder Bay Police Service.

In addition to the dozens of awards and nominations her work has garnered in Canada, Findlay is also an Emmy Award nominee and was part of the ABC team that won a special Emmy in 2001 for their coverage of September 11th.

Gillian Findlay studied history and literature at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver and holds a degree in broadcast journalism from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. In 2014 she was honoured with BCIT's Distinguished Alumni award for career excellence.

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