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Diana Swain : biography

September 24, 1965 -

Diana Swain is a television journalist with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). She has been the host of CBC News At Six, CBC Toronto's local nightly newscast, since September 2004. In addition, she is a correspondent for The National's current affairs unit.

Previously, Swain was the co-host of CBC News: Disclosure, a primetime investigative magazine program, and co-host of Sunday Report, the national Sunday evening news program, where she and Carole MacNeil shared the job on a rotational basis.

Early life and career

Swain was born in Thompson, Manitoba. Her parents separated when she was young and she moved with her mother and younger sister to Chilliwack, British Columbia, where she graduated from high school in 1983. She worked for a weekly magazine in Chilliwack for ten months and as a reporter at both the Chilliwack Progress and the radio station CHWK, before moving on to a radio station in Kamloops, British Columbia and then a radio station news room in Prince George, British Columbia. She began reading the news for CKPG-TV, a television station in Prince George, in 1986.

Toronto

Initially, Swain commuted to Toronto from Winnipeg while working on Disclosure, but in 2003, she and her family moved to Oakville, Ontario. A year later, "Disclosure" was cancelled, and Swain became the host of CBC News Toronto. Since then, she has frequently substituted for Peter Mansbridge as anchor of CBC's flagship news show, The National.

On August 6, 2010, she stepped down as anchor of CBC News Toronto to move to the CBC News Investigative unit, where she makes frequent reports on The National. She can also be heard on CBC Radio and can be seen on CBC.ca.

Swain received an honorary degree from Humber College in June, 2010.

Winnipeg

Swain first entered Winnipeg television as co-anchor of the evening newscast on independent station CKND in 1988. What was notable about this position was that the other co-anchor was her father, Brian Swain.

Swain joined CBC's Winnipeg, Manitoba station, CBWT, in 1990. She started as a reporter for the local news program, 24 Hours, and quickly became a national reporter after being recognized for her excellent coverage of the 1997 Manitoba Flood, covering Manitoba and Saskatchewan, before becoming anchor of 24 Hours. In 2000, Swain's work on 24 Hours was recognized when she won a Gemini Award for Best News Anchor. By winning the most prestigious award in Canadian television, she broke a streak that saw CBC's The National anchor Peter Mansbridge and CTV's national news anchor Lloyd Robertson swap the trophy back and forth for many years.

In 2000, as a result of budget cuts, 24 Hours was cancelled and replaced by Canada Now, of which Swain anchored the Winnipeg portion for a year before leaving for Disclosure.

Personal life

Swain is married to Ron Kuipers and they have two children, son Mason (born 1995) and daughter Lara (born 1998).She graduated in 1987 from the British Columbia Institute of Technology with a Diploma of Technology in Broadcast and Media Communications, and is the 2006 recipient of the institute's Distinguished Alumni Award for Significant Contributions to a Trade or Industry.

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