Dawna Friesen to anchor Global National newscast

Emmy Award-winning correspondent hails from Manitoba

Dawna Friesen, an Emmy Award-winning correspondent with NBC News is returning home to Canada to anchor Global National. Born in Winnipeg and raised on a farm, Friesen started her career at a newspaper in Portage La Prairie, Man. before working at TV stations in Brandon, Saskatoon and Thunder Bay. Friesen worked for both CBC and CTV’s parliamentary bureaus before moving to the London bureau of NBC News in 1999. She has covered important international stories including the Iraq war, the Madrid bombings in 2004 and the election of president Barack Obama in 2008. Current anchor Kevin Newman will leave on August 20 and Friesen will start in September. Lisa LaFlamme will soon take over CTV National News, which means Peter Mansbridge will be the only male anchor left in Canada. In the United States, a similar trend has taken place: two out of the three network newscasts in America are now headed by women.