Dawna Friesen

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Dawna Friesen
Born Winnipeg, Manitoba
Residence Vancouver
Education Red River College
Occupation news anchor
Notable credit(s) CTV NewsNet anchor
NBC News foreign correspondent
Global National anchor
Title News anchor of Global National

Dawna Friesen (born in Winnipeg, Manitoba) is a Canadian television journalist and is the chief anchor and executive editor of Global National.[1]

A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and graduate of Red River College, Friesen has worked in journalism since 1985, working in Thunder Bay, Ontario; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Brandon, Manitoba; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; and Vancouver, British Columbia.

Friesen reported and anchored for CBC Television in Vancouver and for CBC Newsworld. She then moved to the CTV as a national reporter for the network, and an anchor for CTV NewsNet. She moved to NBC News in 1999, and was a foreign correspondent in the network's London bureau.[1]

She began anchoring Global National on September 20, 2010.[2]

Friesen won a Gemini Award in 2011 for Best News Anchor.[citation needed]

Friesen is married to CTV journalist Tom Kennedy. They have one son.


  1. ^ a b "Dawna Friesen named new Global National anchor". GlobalNational.com. July 13, 2010. 
  2. ^ L. Scrivener, Dawna Friesen: From shy prairie girl to Global News anchor, Toronto Star, September 20, 2010.