Wendy Mesley is one of Canada’s best known and respected broadcast journalists.
While in high school, Mesley decided she wanted to be a reporter. Her mother was horrified, but agreed on the understanding that she get a B.A. so that if the journalism thing didn’t pan out she’d still be employable. More than 30 years later, she’s still at it, still curious, still thrilled to share her stories with other Canadians.
Her high school job with CHUM Radio in Toronto, led to a few years with CTV’s Montreal affiliate CFCF, where Mesley quickly learned to speak French in the wake of the first referendum on sovereignty. In the early 80′s she moved to Quebec City for CBC-TV, covering the government of Rene Levesque.
In 1985 Mesley moved to Ottawa and became the CBC’s first female correspondent assigned to cover the Prime Minister. The next several years were intense as debates raged over the Meech Lake Constitutional Accord, the imposition of the GST, and the first Free Trade Agreement .
In the early 90′s Mesley moved back to Toronto where she helped create and hosted Undercurrents, the ground breaking programme examining how media, marketing and technology are changing the world. Her next gig was as co-host of CBC’s Marketplace, the consumer advocacy programme.
And now, Wendy is back at the National where she anchors the news on Friday and Sunday nights and is the regular back up anchor for Peter Mansbridge.
She has won 3 Gemini awards for her work, as well as ACTRA’s John Drainie award for her outstanding contribution to journalism.