Paikin in 2012
Steven Hillel Paikin
June 9, 1960
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
|Alma mater||University of Toronto|
Between the Lines
Steven Hillel Paikin OC OOnt (born June 9, 1960) is a Canadian journalist, author, and documentary producer. Paikin has primarily worked for TVOntario (TVO), Ontario's public broadcaster, and is anchor of TVO's flagship current affairs program The Agenda with Steve Paikin.
Early life and education
A native of Hamilton, Ontario, Paikin was born to Lawrence Sidney Paikin and Marina Suzanne Sibulash. Paikin graduated from Hillfield Strathallan College in 1978 and continued to university where he received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Toronto (Victoria University, Toronto 1981). Later, Paikin received his master's degree in broadcast journalism from Boston University. He served as sports editor for the University of Toronto's independent weekly, The Newspaper, while pursuing his BA, and was the play-by-play voice of the Varsity Blues hockey and football teams on U of T Radio.
Paikin was an anchor and Queen's Park correspondent for CBC Television's Toronto station CBLT-TV, and host of a daily news and current affairs program on CBC Newsworld. He also held reporting jobs in private radio and print media, including the Hamilton Spectator and Toronto radio station CHFI, where he was Toronto City Hall reporter from 1982–85.
In 1992, Paikin began work at TVO, hosting the political series Between the Lines until 1994. He also co-created the Queen's Park magazine Fourth Reading, which he hosted for 14 years. In 1994, Paikin began co-hosting duties (with Mary Hynes for two years, and then Paula Todd) on Studio 2 until 2006. In 1998, he co-created and began hosting Diplomatic Immunity, a weekly foreign affairs commentary show.
Paikin frequently is selected to be the moderator of election debates. He acted as a moderator for federal leaders debates in 2006, 2008, and 2011; and for Ontario provincial leaders debates in 2007, 2011, 2014, and 2018.
In 2006, TVO cancelled Studio 2 and replaced it with a new program, The Agenda with Steve Paikin.
Aside from his hosting and journalistic endeavors, Paikin has produced a number of feature-length documentaries: Return to the Warsaw Ghetto; A Main Street Man; Balkan Madness; Teachers, Tories and Turmoil; and Chairman of the Board: The Life and Death of John Robarts. For 1993's Return to the Warsaw Ghetto, Paikin won the "Silver Screen Award" at the U.S. International Film and Video Festival, and received awards at the Yorkton Film Festival in Saskatchewan and at China's Shanghai Film Festival.
Paikin is married to Canadian health care consultant Francesca Grosso, author of Navigating Canada's Health Care System.
He is a cousin to the late Dr. Harry Paikin, a Hamilton school trustee for 30 years who was a Labor-Progressive Party candidate for the Ontario legislature in the 1945 Ontario election. He is also a cousin to former Waterloo mayor Harold Paikin.
- The Life: The Seductive Call of Politics (Penguin Publishing) (ISBN 0-670-89223-8)
- The Dark Side: The Personal Price of a Political Life (Penguin Publishing) (ISBN 0-670-04328-1)
- Public Triumph, Private Tragedy: The Double Life of John P. Robarts (Viking, 2005) (ISBN 0-670-04329-X)
- The New Game: How Hockey Saved Itself (Penguin Publishing) (ISBN 0-670-06560-9)
- Paikin and the Premiers: Personal Reflections on a Half Century of Ontario Leaders, Dundurn 2013 (ISBN 978-1-45970-958-4)
- I am a Victor: The Mordechai Ronen Story. (Dundurn Press, 2015). (ISBN 978-1459731783)
- Bill Davis: Nation Builder, and Not So Bland After All (Dundurn Press, 2016) (ISBN 978-1459731752)
- "Queen's Park Twitter Influencers". Archived from the original on February 19, 2012.
- "'All hands on deck' for leadership, says TVO host". Northern Life, October 25, 2013.
- "Governor General Announces 90 New Appointments to the Order of Canada". December 30, 2013.
- "Steve Paikin - Host of TVO's The Agenda".
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Steve Paikin.|
- Steve Paikin archives at the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections, York University Libraries, Toronto, Ontario
- Steve Paikin on IMDb
- TV Ontario: Steve Paikin has a stellar year, by Lisa de Wilde, March 27, 2014
- Audio interview: Steve Paikin on his Robarts biography: 30 May 2005
- Audio interview: Steve Paikin on moderating the 2006 leaders debate: 12 January 2006
- Honestreporting Canada Canadian Journalists TVO Steve Paikin, Biography, retrieved July 4, 2014
- Queen's Park Twitter Influencers
- Steve Paikin on Twitter
| Moderator of the English-language federal leaders' debates