Vassy Kapelos

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Vassy Kapelos
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Kapelos in 2018
Vassiliki Kapelos

(1981-05-06) May 6, 1981 (age 39)[1][2]
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[3] (/ˈvæʃi kəˈpɛls/[4]; born May 6, 1981) is a Canadian political journalist, currently the host of Power & Politics on CBC News Network.[5] She formerly worked as the Ottawa bureau chief for Global News[6] and the host of that network's Sunday morning political affairs show, The West Block.[7]

Early life and education[edit]

Kapelos graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Arts in 2004.[8] She then graduated from Dalhousie University with a Master of Arts in 2006.[9] Kapelos is of Greek and German ethnic origin.


Kapelos first began reporting in Swift Current[10] and worked for the Global Television Network's stations in Saskatoon and Edmonton, including as the Edmonton station's provincial political affairs reporter.[11] 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,[12] 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,[13][14] which drew on revealing interviews with paramedics and other sources and an in-studio interview with Alberta Minister of Health Fred Horne[13] to reveal an under-resourced industry that was endangering Alberta residents.[14] 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.[15][13][14]

Kapelos 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.[16] In February 2018, she left Global to join CBC News Network as the new host of Power & Politics.[16]


  1. ^ "Vassy Kalpelos on Twitter: "Thank you!"". Twitter. May 6, 2019. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  2. ^ "Vassy Kapelos (@vassykapelos) • Instagram photos and videos". May 7, 2018. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Power & Politics". CBC/Radio-Canada. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  5. ^ "Vassy Kapelos to host CBC's 'Power and Politics'". Canadian Press, February 15, 2018.
  6. ^ "Former SWTV reporter now national Ottawa Bureau Chief for Global TV". Prairie Post, October 1, 2016.
  7. ^ "Global News adds more depth to its political reporting". Global News, April 7, 2017.
  8. ^ Talbot, Adela (February 22, 2018). "Alumna embraces new 'Power' player role". Western News. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  9. ^ Pittaway, Tina (March 16, 2015). "Hill climber: Vassy Kapelos". Dalhousie University. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  10. ^ "The campaign is ending - and the fallout may just be starting". CBC News, October 20, 2019.
  11. ^ "Social media brickbats follow premier's reversal of policy". Calgary Herald, October 12, 2013.
  12. ^ "Redford runs out of excuses on severance; New report blows holes in all arguments". Calgary Herald, October 11, 2013.
  13. ^ a b c "Global News Edmonton wins Edward R. Murrow award". Global News Network. 15 June 2013. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  14. ^ a b c Pittaway, Tina (16 March 2015). "Hill climber: Vassy Kapelos". Dalhousie University Alumni. Dalhousie University. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  15. ^ "2013 RTDNA Regional Murrow Award recipients, organized by region". Radio Television Digital News Association. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  16. ^ a b "Vassy Kapelos on politics and perseverance". iPolitics, June 15, 2018.