Starting September 5, Emmy Award-winning journalist and CBC News Chief Correspondent Adrienne Arsenault will helm CBC’s flagship newscast each Monday to Thursday. Arsenault has been a senior correspondent for THE NATIONAL since 1999, deployed to the biggest breaking stories. Arsenault will inform and connect Canadians to the news and issues shaping Canada and the world, while continuing to broaden and deepen the storytelling on the national newscast. Arsenault was named Chief Correspondent earlier this summer. Ian Hanomansing will continue to host Friday and Sunday, in addition to hosting Cross Country Checkup.
“Adrienne is the first woman to be appointed chief correspondent for CBC, and we’re excited and proud to watch as she brings her unwavering dedication to journalistic storytelling, powerful on-the-ground reporting and authentic ‘take-me-there’ approach to the anchor desk, ushering in a new era for our flagship newscast at a time when trusted journalism is more important than ever,” said Barbara Williams, Executive Vice-President, CBC.
“I am fiercely protective of the importance of public broadcasting and the joys and necessities of good journalism, and this is a huge privilege and responsibility, “ said Arsenault. “I feel ridiculously lucky and grateful to be with all the colleagues I’ve learned from over a long time. It is more than the opportunity to continue to report from around the world. I want to be the advocate for the journalists we have in Canada and across the world. There is nothing more remarkable to me than being in the middle of a busy story surrounded by people rolling up their sleeves and throwing everything they have at getting it right, strictly because it matters. That is the image I always associate with The National.”
Arsenault’s assignments have included disasters, conflicts, politics, sports and human dramas. She won an International Emmy in 2015 for her work covering the Ebola crisis. She has covered seven Olympic Games for CBC including Beijing 2022 and Tokyo 2020, and the FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Her investigative work on security has seen her cross Canada and pursue terror stories across the globe, more recently being dispatched to cover conflict and war in Ukraine, Syria and Mali. Arsenault began her career at CBC in 1991. Over the years since, her postings have included Vancouver, Washington, Jerusalem and London.
Recently in Canada, Arsenault gained exclusive access to frontline workers dealing with the ongoing consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic including Toronto’s Humber River Hospital and the Ottawa Paramedic Service, telling their stories and revealing the greater impact on the Canadian healthcare system.
Arsenault has been honoured with the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association’s Journalist of the Year award, and has also won two Gracie awards for outstanding female correspondent, a Monte Carlo Festival award for her coverage of the Zimbabwe election and several Gemini and Canadian Screen Awards.
THE NATIONAL airs at 10 p.m. on CBC TV and is available on all platforms including CBC Gem, CBC News Network, CBCNews.ca, the CBC News App, YouTube and Facebook.