Carole MacNeil (born February 2, 1964) is an award-winning television journalist and producer with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. She is the host of CBC News Now from 12 to 3 p.m. Eastern Time Zone on the CBC News Network.
MacNeil was born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. She worked her way from small town private radio stations to the position of senior anchor with CBC Television. She deals extensively in international affairs, having covered many of the biggest stories of the last decade. MacNeil primarily has made her mark as an interviewer, noted for being an exceptional listener who can capture the essence of her guest, whether they like it or not. "It's about being present with people", she told an interviewer this year. "You can't walk into an interview with anyone's questions but your own. We absolutely cannot accept the status quo of tough sounding questions, with clever evasive answers and say that's ok. It's not ok. I'm incredibly curious about most other people. When a question occurs to me I'll ask it. if someone is evasive, I'll usually call them on it.." MacNeil previously cohosted with Evan Solomon of CBC News: Sunday, a two-hour long weekly magazine program focusing on politics, ethics and spirituality. As of September 2004, MacNeil and Evan Solomon co-hosted CBC News: Sunday Night, an hour-long prime time news broadcast on CBC Television, as well as on CBC Newsworld, Canada's 24-hour cable news television channel. The programs were cancelled in June 2009. CBC News Sunday has won several Gemini Awards.
During her time at CBC News Sunday she has won gold at the New York Television festival for a story on exorcism in the Catholic Church, and she won another award for her documentary on the truth about nuclear power. She's also been nominated for several Gemini Awards. "I would love to win a Gemini, because it would be an award from within my own country" MacNeil says. MacNeil has also hosted Sunday Report, the nightly Sunday national newscast. She has covered many major stories both domestically and internationally, including, live reporting from the crash scene during 9 11, the war in Afghanistan and the drug cartel wars in Mexico.
In 2000, MacNeil helped launch Canada Now, the supperhour news program on CBC Television. She served as the Toronto anchor and made the fledgling program a ratings winner in its debut year. Prior to that, she anchored CBC Newsworld Sunday, a weekly interview-based national and international news magazine.
In 2011, the CBC Ombudsman was called to review MacNeil's on air statements concerning the Six Day War. Upon review the "CBC acknowledged it was misleading for [MacNeil] to assert that neighbouring countries attacked Israel."
From October 2012 to September 2013, she took a leave of absence and studied abroad in France.
She was also previously an anchor and writer for the Windsor Evening News on Windsor's CBET. It was the number one news show in the market at the time. She began her television career at CBC station CBAT-TV in Fredericton in 1987.