Mesley at the 18th CFC Annual Gala, 2012
January 8, 1957
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
|Years active||1976-present (radio), 1979-present (television)|
|Known for||CBC: The National|
|Spouse(s)||Peter Mansbridge (1989-1992), Liam McQuade (1998-)|
|Children||Kate Rae McQuade|
|Awards||3 Gemini Awards, Gold Medal for Best Magazine Format at the New York Festival's International Television Awards, 2006 John Drainie Award|
Wendy Mesley (born January 8, 1957) is a Canadian television host and reporter. She hosted CBC Television's consumer investigation series Marketplace, and is also a frequent back-up anchor for CBC's flagship evening news program The National. She also co-hosts Test the Nation with Brent Bambury. In 2001 and 2002 she co-hosted the investigative newsmagazine CBC News: Disclosure with Diana Swain, and previously hosted the media and technology series Undercurrents from 1994 until 2001.
Mesley was born in Montreal, Quebec. On January 6, 1989, Mesley married CBC news anchor Peter Mansbridge, but the marriage ended in 1992. She remarried on April 17, 1998 to marketing executive Liam McQuade and has one daughter with him, Kate Rae McQuade.
In January 2005, Mesley announced that she had found a lump in her left breast and had been diagnosed with breast cancer. After undergoing treatment, including two lumpectomies, chemotherapy and radiation, Mesley's prognosis is excellent. As of March 2006, Mesley had returned to the CBC full-time, but was under the care of an oncologist and had been taking the intravenous, anti-cancer drug Herceptin. That same month her documentary "Chasing the Cancer Answer" was aired. Though generally well-received, it did engender negative comment from Margaret Wente of The Globe and Mail.
As of October 26, 2009, Mesley began a greater presence on CBC's nightly newscast The National and in 2010 she became the program's regular Sunday anchor.
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