W5 Welcomes Avery Haines to Canada’s Most-Watched and Longest-Running Documentary Program

— October 13, 2017

– Veteran broadcast journalist becomes new Investigative Reporter for Canada’s pre-eminent investigative series –

TORONTO (October 13, 2017) – Wendy Freeman, President, CTV News announced today that veteran broadcast journalist Avery Haines joins CTV’s W5, Canada’s pre-eminent investigative series, as an investigative reporter. With nearly 20 years of experience in television and radio as a reporter, anchor, and host, Haines will leverage her vast journalistic experience to investigate and uncover significant emerging stories for W5. “It’s an honour and a professional highlight to be joining the talented team at W5,” said Haines. “This institution of journalism has been around for more than five decades – there could be no more perfect platform for a reporter to lead investigations and uncover stories of widespread significance.” “Avery is a veteran reporter who brings years of experience covering tough issues both in Canada and around the world," said Anton Koschany, Executive Producer, W5. “We are delighted to welcome Avery to W5 to further solidify our team’s unparalleled investigative reporting with her unique perspective. Canada’s best investigative team just got even better.” With a lifelong passion for storytelling, Haines has investigated first-hand many significant issues unfolding around the world, most recently reporting on the battle against ISIS from a mosque-turned-hospital in Mosul, Iraq. She’s documented the stories of refugees fleeing the U.S. to seek asylum in Canada, and lived in the jungle of Costa Rica with her family for nearly two years. Her work on the Discovery series HEALTH ON THE LINE and MEDICAL HOTSEAT earned her multiple nominations and two Gemini Awards (now Canadian Screen Awards) for Best Television Talk Series. She has also been honoured with RTNDA awards for Best Canadian Radio Newscaster and Best Spot Reporter. About W5 With an ongoing commitment to covering tough, relevant stories with fair and responsible reporting, W5 is now in the midst of its 52nd season of investigative journalism of CTV. Hosted by Kevin Newman, W5 is the most-watched documentary program in Canada, and the winner of several prestigious awards, including the Gordon Sinclair Award for Broadcast Journalism. W5 was also named Best News or Information Program at the 2017 Canadian Screen Awards. In May 2017, the program was also recognized with three honours at the RTDNA Awards, including the Trina McQueen Award as Best News Information Program. Launched in 1966 with a mission to deliver tough, relevant stories guided by the journalistic principles and practices of truth, accuracy, fairness, and accountability – and the five W’s that embody its very name: Who, What, When, Where, Why – W5 was a forerunner and direct inspiration for CBS’s acclaimed 60 MINUTES. Since its inception, W5 has delivered stories by prominent journalists who have hosted the program, including the program’s first host Peter Reilly, along with Ken Cavanaugh, Eric Malling, W5’s first female reporter Trina McQueen, Carole Taylor, Dennis McIntosh, Susan Ormiston, and up to today’s unparalleled team, now joined by Haines, and featuring Newman, Lloyd Robertson, Sandie Rinaldo, and CTV News’ Chief Anchor and Senior Editor, Lisa LaFlamme. Anton Koschany is Executive Producer of W5. Brett Mitchell is Senior Producer. Wendy Freeman is President, CTV News.  

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