Vassy Kapelos

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Vassy Kapelos
Vassy Kapelos with Andrew Scheer - 2018 (41078567751) (cropped).jpg
Kapelos in studio with Andrew Scheer
Born1980/1981 (age 37–38)[1]
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Alma mater
ShowPower & Politics
NetworkCBC News Network
Time slot5:00 pm – 7:00 pm ET
Previous show(s)The West Block

Vassiliki Kapelos[2] (/ˈvæʃ kəˈpɛls/)[3] is a Canadian political journalist, currently the host of Power & Politics on CBC News Network.[4] She formerly worked as the Ottawa bureau chief for Global News[5] and the host of that network's Sunday morning political affairs show, The West Block.[6]

A graduate of the University of Western Ontario and Dalhousie University, she worked for the Global Television Network's stations in Saskatoon and Edmonton, including as the Edmonton station's provincial political affairs reporter.[7] In that role, she became best known for breaking the story about the large severance package paid out to Premier Alison Redford's outgoing chief of staff in 2013,[8] which ultimately forced Redford to introduce a new sunshine list for public employees. In that same year, she was part of the reporting team for the series "Code Red", an investigative series on the ambulance industry in Alberta,[9][10] which drew on revealing interviews with paramedics and other sources and an in-studio interview with Alberta Minister of Health Fred Horne[9] to reveal an under-resourced industry that was endangering Alberta residents.[10] The series forced the provincial government to initiate a review of the system as a whole, and won the 2013 Edward R. Murrow Award for Best News Series in the international category.[11][9][10]

She transferred to the Ottawa bureau in 2013, becoming bureau chief in 2016 and host of The West Block in 2017 following the retirement of Tom Clark.[12]

In February 2018, she left Global to join CBC News Network as the new host of Power & Politics.[12]


  1. ^ "Vassy Kapelos (@vassykapelos) • Instagram photos and videos". May 7, 2018. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Vassy Kapelos to host CBC's 'Power and Politics'". Canadian Press, February 15, 2018.
  5. ^ "Former SWTV reporter now national Ottawa Bureau Chief for Global TV". Prairie Post, October 1, 2016.
  6. ^ "Global News adds more depth to its political reporting". Global News, April 7, 2017.
  7. ^ "Social media brickbats follow premier's reversal of policy". Calgary Herald, October 12, 2013.
  8. ^ "Redford runs out of excuses on severance; New report blows holes in all arguments". Calgary Herald, October 11, 2013.
  9. ^ a b c "Global News Edmonton wins Edward R. Murrow award". Global News Network. 15 June 2013. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  10. ^ a b c Pittaway, Tina (16 March 2015). "Hill climber: Vassy Kapelos". Dalhousie University Alumni. Dalhousie University. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  11. ^ "2013 RTDNA Regional Murrow Award recipients, organized by region". Radio Television Digital News Association. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  12. ^ a b "Vassy Kapelos on politics and perseverance". iPolitics, June 15, 2018.