Avery Haines

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Avery Haines
Avery Haines.jpg
Avery Haines covering the state funeral of Jack Layton in 2011
Born Avery Hayward Haines
(1966-11-28) November 28, 1966 (age 50)[1]
New Mexico, United States
Residence Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Journalist
Spouse(s) Mel
Children 3

Avery Hayward Haines (born November 28, 1966) is a Canadian television journalist working for Citytv.[2]


Born in New Mexico, United States,[1] Haines began her career as a reporter for CFRB in Toronto. In late 1999, she began to work as a fill-in anchor for CTV Newsnet.

On 15 January 2000, working a shift for the news channel, Haines made a mistake with a line while taping a report introduction. After regaining her composure, she joked:

However, the camera was still on. Haines retaped the segment, but later that day, a CTV technician mistakenly aired the tape which included the error and the comment.

On 17 January, Haines was fired from CTV Newsnet after her comments sparked controversy. The unnamed technician was suspended.

Haines was soon hired by Citytv Toronto as a health reporter. In fall 2001, she began hosting Health On the Line, which aired on Life Network and Discovery Health, but is now out of production.

On 15 September 2010, Haines returned to Citytv as a senior reporter and anchor. Haines has written and hosted the Inside Story aired on Citytv since 26 January 2012.[3]


Avery Haines reporting from HMCS Toronto

Haines is the sister of Emily Haines, lead singer of the band Metric. Both Avery and Emily are daughters of the late Paul Haines, noted poet and librettist of Escalator over the Hill which was co-written with Carla Bley.

Haines came out as being in a same-sex relationship following the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting, which occurred eight weeks and one day after she married her partner, Mel.[4]


Haines' television programme Health On the Line won Gemini Awards in 2002 and 2005 for Best Talk Series.[5][6] In 2005, she was personally nominated for a Gemini in a hosting/interviewer category.[7] In 2013 Haines' Inside Story was awarded the Media Award by the Tema Conter Memorial Trust, 'Best In-depth Television Reporting' by The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) and the Canadian Medical Association Media Award a Special Mention 'Excellence in Health Reporting for the Inside Story: "Dystonia"'.[8] In 2014 the Inside Story was nominated for three Canadian Screen Awards including Best Local Reportage and Best News Information Segment.[9] In 2015 she received another Canadian Screen Awards nomination for Best Local Reportage for When the Blue Line Flatlines.[10]


  1. ^ a b c Gill, Alexandra (22 January 2000). "Is this thing on?". The Globe and Mail. p. R11. 
  2. ^ "CityNews.ca - Toronto's News - Personalities". citytv.com. Retrieved 19 March 2014. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ http://www.citynews.ca/2012/01/26/the-inside-story-the-nijab-a-sign-of-devotion-or-oppression/
  4. ^ Haines, Avery (2016-06-18). "What Orlando taught me about truth, courage - and love". citynews.ca. Retrieved 18 July 2016. 
  5. ^ 17th Gemini Awards (2002) nominations: Best Talk Series
  6. ^ 20th Gemini Awards (2005) nominations: Best Talk Series
  7. ^ 20th Gemini Awards (2005) nominations: Best Host or Interviewer in a General/Human Interest or Talk Program or Series
  8. ^ "CMA Announces Recipients of 2013 Media Awards for Health Reporting" (PDF) (Press release). Ottawa: Canadian Medical Association. 2013-09-12. Retrieved 2016-07-18. 
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ "The Inside Story: When the Blue Line Flatlines Parts 1-6". citynews.ca. 2014-09-30. Retrieved 18 July 2016.