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Canada's Most Listened-to Radio Program
The Current is a meeting place of perspectives, ideas and voices. We take a fresh look at issues affecting Canadians by poking and prodding them from new angles.
If major news breaks, we're on it, both on air and online. We shed new light on the stories we cover. We hold the powerful to account and take delight in the surprising twists and turns in our stories. We want to make you late for work by producing "must listen" radio.
Nothing is off limits. We are out on the edge of change — looking for change as it's happening, and giving it context. The Current makes you think, and makes you think differently.
Anna Maria Tremonti
Anna Maria Tremonti has been the host of CBC Radio One's The Current since it first burst onto the airwaves in November of 2002.
She brings a mix of hard-edged journalism and hard-won empathy to a 90-minute program that tackles everything from the politics of the day, to the changes that affect our society, to the stories of individuals whose personal journeys and traumas affect us all.
The Current marked her return to radio after 19 years with CBC Television, including two years as a host of the flagship investigative program the fifth estate. For nine years she was a foreign correspondent for The National, based in Berlin, London, Jerusalem and Washington. Her assignments abroad included ongoing coverage of the war in Bosnia, the fall of communism, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as the politics of the Arab world, Europe and the United States.Prior to that, Anna Maria reported from Parliament Hill, and worked as a reporter in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Alberta.She began her career in private radio, at CKEC in New Glasgow Nova Scotia.
Anna Maria has won two Gemini awards, and a life Achievement Award from Women in Film and Television Toronto. During her time at The Current, she and the program have won numerous awards at the New York Festivals, including: Gold for Best News Documentary of Special (2013), Gold for Best Talk Special: Interview (2009), Silver for Best Newsmagazine (2013), Bronze for Best Talk Show Host (2008, 2014 and 2015), Bronze for Best Coverage, Breaking News (2015), and Bronze for Best News Documentary or Special (2014). Her work at The Current also has been recognized with an Amnesty International Canada Media Award (2012), three Gracie Awards (2011, 2014 and 2015), and several Gabriel Awards and RTDNA Awards, including the Adrienne Clarkson Diversity Award (2013), the Peter Gzowski Information Program Award (2009, 2011 & 2014) and the Gord Sinclair Live Special Events Award (2014). With Anna Maria at the helm, The Current in 2012 also won the Canadian Journalism Foundation's Excellence in Journalism Award (Large Media Category), and was a finalist for that top honour in 2013.
Anna Maria is a graduate of the Communications Studies program at the University of Windsor. She has honorary doctorates from the University of Windsor and Carleton University in Ottawa.
Lisa Ayuso - Web Producer
Lisa, formerly known as the Clockwatcher to Workology fans, has been keeping busy at The Current since 2003. She started at the CBC in 1999 at This Morning and since then has worked on Workology, Richler on Radio, Sounds Like Canada as well as other CBC radio projects. As a Toronto performer, she was a member of Pretty, Porky and Pissed Off and the co-founder of The Corporate Wetnurse Association. Lisa is a loving fan of Dolly Parton.
Willy Barth - Senior Producer/Studio Director
Willy has been with CBC Radio since 1980, and has become a staple of morning radio. Prior to The Current, he worked at Morningside, serving as Peter Gzowski's remote producer whenever the show went on the road, and directing Peter's last program in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Willy went on to become morning senior editor for This Morning, in charge of final script edit, line-up, production value and studio direction. He has been with The Current since it it took to the air in November 2002, and has been Anna Maria's right-hand man in the mornings ever since.
Sujata Berry - Producer
Sujata has been a producer with the CBC since 1993. She became a full time member of The Current team in 2011 after doing numerous shorter stints on the show. Prior to that, she worked in television news in Toronto, Vancouver and Charlottetown and as a documentary and feature interview producer at The National. She's won awards for her journalism at the CBC's Investigative Unit and for developing a website to commemorate the lives of the Canadians who died in the Haiti Earthquake in 2010. She has a Masters of Journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa.
Josh Bloch - Producer (Filling in as Documentary Producer)
Josh joined the CBC in 2010. Before embarking on a career in journalism, he worked in the arts and human rights, including running a social justice arts festival in Toronto, co-creating a theatre project with PEN Canada's writers in exile network, and directing plays written and performed by youth in care.
Howard Goldenthal - Producer
Howard came to The Current in 2007 after 16 years at CBC television's flagship investigative show, the fifth estate. He has won numerous journalism awards, including the Justicia award, and shared the Michener award as part of a team that investigated the wrongful laying of sex abuse charges against members of a foster family in Saskatoon. Some of his other investigations included the Airbus Affair, the infiltration of neo-Nazis into the Canadian Airborne before it was disbanded, and the presence of Somali war criminals in Canada. He also was a finalist for an International Emmy for a documentary examining the plight of animals in movies.
Richard Goddard - Senior Producer
Kathleen Goldhar - Executive Producer
Kathleen is one of the original producers of The Current. Her CBC Radio career began in 1999 in Winnipeg, where she worked as a reporter and associate producer. She returned home to Toronto as a producer with National Radio News and As It Happens. Before coming to radio, Kathleen worked as a print reporter at the Whitehorse Daily Star and The Vancouver Sun, and as a student intern at the Toronto Star.
Shannon Higgins - Producer (On Leave)
Shannon has been producing at The Current since 2010. A graduate of Ryerson University's School of Journalism, Shannon is most passionate about telling audio-rich stories that give voice to regular people. Some highlights from her career include a special edition out of Kabul focused on the hopes and worries of Afghans, Introducing Generation Z—a documentary about three Canadian teens who each represent defining characteristics of their generation, and the documentary Room for Improvement about the failings of the contemporary bathroom.
Liz Hoath - Producer (Vancouver)
Liz has worked with CBC Radio for more than 20 years with stints in Whitehorse, Inuvik Prince George and now Vancouver. She's tried almost every job in radio from hosting to reporting to producing, even filling in on Native language shows when needed up north. Now she's a producer on The Current where she most enjoys producing documentaries, mixing tape and producing feature in-depth interviews.
Gary Francis - Radio Technician
Carole Ito - Radio Technician
Carole has worked in live current affairs radio forever ... working on Morningside, As It Happens and This Morning before coming to The Current.
Pacinthe Mattar - Producer
Pacinthe came to the CBC in 2009 after a lifetime of growing up between the suburbs of North York, the heat of Saudi Arabia, and the humidity of Dubai, where she began as a contributor to a career magazine published across the Middle East. A graduate of Ryerson's Master of Journalism programme, Pacinthe created a documentary on the niqab that has since been screened at various venues in Toronto. She started as an associate producer with CBC Newsworld, and moved to As It Happens in February of 2011, where she helped cover the uprisings across the Arab world including her native Egypt, occasionally providing on-air translation for Arabic interviews and bursting into a mess of happy tears of joy when Hosni Mubarak resigned. She joined The Current in August of 2011.
Peter Mitton - Writer
Peter spent several years circling the globe as a touring musician before falling into journalism. Prior to joining The Current in 2013, he co-created and produced the CBC summer show Tooth and Claw, and worked as a producer on Q.
Jennifer Moroz - Executive Producer (On Leave)
Jen has made the rounds of print, television and radio. A native of Montreal, she headed south of the border for journalism school and ended up staying for nine years. For most of that time, she was a reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer. She made the leap back home to Canada - and into TV - as a producer, specializing in political interviews, for The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos. She later was a writer for the show - doubling as the voice for The Bio. Jen decided to check out radio next, and came to The Current on temporary assignment in May 2010. She liked it so much, she stayed.
Kristin Nelson - Producer (Ottawa)
Kristin Nelson is a radio producer based in Ottawa, Canada. She has been a producer with CBC Radio's The Current for a decade and is also a contributor to As It Happens. Kristin is a Gracie Award winner and her work has been recognized by the New York Festivals and nominated for the Prix Italia. She has degrees in journalism, international development and political science and has reported everywhere from Lesotho and the West Bank to Winnipeg and South Chicago.
Lara O'Brien - Producer
After studying in Canada and Europe, Lara began her journalism career at CBC's Newsworld in 2004. Soon after, she delved into the world of radio - with an internship at The Current. She's still here. Her specialties include international stories, The Vatican and breaking news.
Cathy Simon - Senior Producer (Vancouver)
Cathy has been a producer with CBC Radio since 1987. Originally from Montreal, she has been based in Quebec City, Iqaluit and Vancouver. Her work has also taken her to meet people and hear their stories in cities and towns in provinces and territories across the country, as well as in India.
Willow Smith - Producer
Idella Sturino - Part-Time Producer
Idella has been a producer with The Current since the beginning. Before joining CBC Radio, she worked as a producer for CBC Newsworld's counterSpin and counterSpin Sunday with Avi Lewis. Prior to that, she worked as a reporter and editor for The Canadian Press in Toronto and Montreal. She has also worked at This Magazine and the now-defunct Shift magazine.
Joan Webber - Documentary Producer (Vancouver) - On Leave
Joan has been with CBC since 1996. During that time, she has worked as a reporter and aradio producer for local and national programs. At The Current, Joan has produced programs and documentaries from Iqaluit, Cuba, Mexico, and Russia. She has won a variety of awards for her journalism, including a Gabriel award for a documentary she produced about a nun living inside a Tijuana prison. Prior to Joan's career with CBC, she worked for The National Film Board where she created and operated a NFB documentary rep theatre in Saskatoon.
Gord Westmacott - Producer
Gord came to CBC Radio in the spring of 2002 and spent three years at As It Happens before joining The Current. Before that, he worked at counterSpin on CBC Newsworld, Studio 2 on TVOntario and the London Free Press.