Anne-Marie Mediwake

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Anne-Marie Mediwake
Born Anne Marie Abeyesinghe Mediwake
1975
Kandy, Sri Lanka
Residence Oakville, Ontario
Nationality Canadian
Ethnicity Sinhalese and Scottish
Occupation Formerly News Anchor of Global Toronto, and CBC News Toronto
Years active 1993 – present
Spouse(s) Darryl Konynenbelt
Children Annabel Abeyesinghe, Maxim Bandara and Libby Abeyesinghe (triplets)

Anne Marie Abeyesinghe Mediwake is a Canadian television news anchor.[1] Formerly co-anchor of Global Toronto's 6 p.m. News Hour, she was hired in September 2009 by the CBC News Network.[2] In October 2010, she became co-anchor of CBC News Toronto's supper hour newscasts, alongside Dwight Drummond.[3] Prior to joining CBC, Mediwake co-anchored Global Television's Toronto flagship newscast. She also helmed CTV's investigative current affairs show 21c and reported for CTV National News with Lloyd Robertson, Canada AM and CTV Newsnet. On April 27, 2016 Mediwake left her position as co-host of CBC Toronto News at 6 p.m.[4] She will return to CTV as co-host of their new national morning show, Your Morning, in summer 2016.[5]

Her parents immigrated to Canada from her native Sri Lanka when she was just a child. They settled in southern Alberta and she started her television career in Lethbridge in 1993. Six years later she moved to Toronto where she was a reporter for CTV. While at CTV, she co-hosted the award-winning 21c, a current-affairs program aimed at Canada's younger generation, and reported for Canada AM and CTV National News.

Mediwake's father is Sri Lankan while her mother is of Scottish origin.[3] She is married to Darryl Konynenbelt, who is also a journalist and together they have triplets Annabel Abeyesinghe, Maxim Bandara and Libby Abeyesinghe who were born in 2007. An ongoing series on the pregnancy and the births was carried in the National Post.[1] In 2010, Konynenbelt announced that he was seeking the provincial nomination as candidate for the Progressive Conservative Party in the Ontario electoral district of Mississauga South[6] (Konynenbelt lost the nomination to Geoff Janoscik, who lost the 2011 election to incumbent Charles Sousa).

Anne Marie was chosen as the GTA's Woman of the Year at the Consumer's Choice Awards in 2011

Mediwake and Konynenbelt reside in Oakville, Ontario.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Abeyewardene, Mahesh. "Triple banana omen for Anne Marie Mediwake". The Sri Lanka Reporter. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "CBC rebrands all-news network as CBC NN". Toronto Star, October 21, 2009.
  3. ^ a b Ashante Infantry (2010-10-12). "Diversity on the dial: New CBC co-anchors Anne-Marie Mediwake and Dwight Drummond". Toronto Star. Archived from the original on 19 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-12. 
  4. ^ http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/anne-marie-mediwake-leaving-cbc-1.3555854
  5. ^ Peter Edwards (2016-06-06). "Ben Mulroney, Anne-Marie Mediwake to host CTV's new show 'Your Morning'". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2016-06-06. 
  6. ^ Stewart, John. "TV reporter to run for office". Mississauga News. Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
  7. ^ http://www.insidehalton.com/news-story/2954917-journalist-couple-faces-toughest-assignment/

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