Mercedes Stephenson

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Mercedes Stephenson
Bornc. 1981
ResidenceOttawa, Ontario, Canada
Alma materUniversity of Calgary
Georgetown University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
OccupationMilitary analyst, journalist
EmployerGlobal News

Mercedes Stephenson (born ca 1981) is a Canadian journalist and military analyst,[1] currently the host of Global Television Network's Sunday morning talk show The West Block.[2]

She was born and raised in Calgary. She received a BA in political science from the University of Calgary. She did post-graduate studies at the University of Calgary Centre for Military and Strategic Studies.[3] She studied economics and media ethics at Georgetown University. She also worked as an intern at The Pentagon and was a visiting research student at the MIT Center for International Studies.[1]

Stephenson moved to Toronto to become host of a weekly public affairs television program. She later moved to Ottawa where she became parliamentary reporter for CTV News Channel and host of the political affairs program Power Play.[3]

From 2001 to 2004, she was president of the Society for Military and Strategic Studies. She was the youngest North American military analyst covering the Iraq War. She reported from Afghanistan during the Canadian Forces mission there.[4]

In 2004, she was named one of the 25 Best and Brightest University Stars by Maclean's magazine.[1]

Stephenson was chosen as host of a national news program for the Sun News Network but quit shortly before the network launch in April 2011.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "The Best and the Brightest: Maclean's 25 University Stars". The Canadian Encyclopedia. June 10, 2004.
  2. ^ "Mercedes Stephenson joins Global News as Ottawa bureau chief, host of ‘The West Block’". Global News, June 25, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Mercedes Stephenson". CTV News Channel.
  4. ^ "Professional Development Speakers' Series" (PDF). Women in Defence and Security.
  5. ^ "Sun News anchor quits". CBC News. April 13, 2011.