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Diana Swain

Senior investigative correspondent with CBC News

Diana Swain is one of Canada's leading investigative journalists, and the Senior Investigative Correspondent for CBC News.

Swain's work is frequently seen on The National and CBC Television's flagship investigative program the fifth estate. Swain also regularly fills in for Peter Mansbridge as anchor of The National.

In more than a quarter century of reporting on stories around Canada and around the globe, Swain has developed a reputation for compelling interviews and uncovering stories that Canadians care about.

Her recent work has included the ground-breaking investigation into Scouts Canada's handling of sex abuse allegations, an investigation into the millions of Canadian tax-dollars hidden in off-shore accounts, and a report on the Canadian military's response to the needs of returning soldiers now struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Swain's career has seen her cover events as devastating as the Sept. 11 attacks, and as uplifting as the Beijing Summer Olympics, for which Swain was one of CBC's main network anchors.

Swain has received eight Gemini nominations recognizing her writing, reporting and anchoring. She has won the Gemini for Best News Anchor three times, and was the first woman in Canada to win the award.

She also received the Canadian Journalism Foundation's 2011 award for Best Investigative reporting and the 2011 media award from the Canadian Medical Association for her reporting on the federal government's behind the scenes maneuvering on new tobacco warning labels.

Swain's work has twice been included in winning submissions for the Michener award, recognizing meritorious public service journalism in Canada.

Swain and her family make their home in the Toronto area.