|This biographical article relies too much on references to primary sources. (December 2014)|
|Status||Global National anchor
|Education||Red River College|
|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, currently the chief anchor and executive editor of Global National. She was previously a foreign correspondent for NBC News based in its London bureau.
A 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 then moved to CTV as a national reporter for the network, and an anchor for CTV NewsNet. She previously served as a backup host for CTV's Canada AM and a parliamentary reporter for CTV News in its Ottawa bureau.
She moved to NBC News in 1999, and was a foreign correspondent in the network's London bureau. While at NBC, Friesen covered international stories including the Israeli Palestinian conflict and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Friesen also spent month in various Middle Eastern countries, covering stories such as the kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in Karachi.
Friesen also covered elections in the United Kingdom, and later returned to Vancouver to take part in NBC's coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympics. She reported and contributed to various NBC News platforms, including NBC Nightly News, The Today Show and MSNBC.
Friesen succeeded former anchor Kevin Newman and began anchoring Global National on September 20, 2010. In 2011, she led the live coverage for Global National of the Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton and the 2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup riot.
Friesen was previously awarded an Emmy for her part in NBC's coverage of the night that Barack Obama was first elected president of the United States, she also won a Gemini Award in 2011 for Best News Anchor.
- L. Scrivener, Dawna Friesen: From shy prairie girl to Global News anchor. Toronto Star, September 20, 2010.
- "Dawna Friesen named new Global National anchor". GlobalNational.com. July 13, 2010.
- Dawna Friesen: NBC News Correspondent. NBC News. Retrieved 12 December 2014
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