Wendy Mesley

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Wendy Mesley
Wendy Mesley at the 18th CFC Annual Gala.jpg
Mesley at the 18th CFC Annual Gala, 2012
Born (1957-01-08) January 8, 1957 (age 60)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Alma mater Ryerson University
Occupation broadcast journalist
Years active 1976-present (radio), 1979-present (television)
Known for CBC: The National
Spouse(s) Peter Mansbridge (1989-1992; divorced)
Liam McQuade (1998-present); 1 child
Children Kate Rae McQuade
Awards 3 Gemini Awards, Gold Medal for Best Magazine Format at the New York Festival's International Television Awards, 2006 John Drainie Award

Wendy Mesley (born January 8, 1957) is a Canadian television host and reporter. She hosted CBC Television's consumer investigation series Marketplace, and is also a frequent back-up anchor for CBC's flagship evening news program The National. She co-hosts Test the Nation with Brent Bambury. In 2001 and 2002 she co-hosted the investigative newsmagazine CBC News: Disclosure with Diana Swain,[1] and previously hosted the media and technology series Undercurrents from 1995 until 2001.[2]

Mesley was born in Montreal, Quebec. On January 6, 1989, Mesley married CBC news anchor Peter Mansbridge, but the marriage ended in 1992. She remarried on April 17, 1998 to marketing executive Liam McQuade and has one daughter with him, Kate Rae McQuade.[3]

In January 2005, Mesley announced that she had found a lump in her left breast and had been diagnosed with breast cancer.[4]

After undergoing treatment, including two lumpectomies, chemotherapy and radiation, Mesley returned to the CBC full-time in March 2006, but was under the care of an oncologist and had been taking the intravenous, anti-cancer drug Herceptin.[5]

That same month her documentary "Chasing the Cancer Answer" was aired, and generally well received. Since October 26, 2009, Mesley has had a greater presence on CBC's nightly newscast The National, and in 2010 she became the program's regular Sunday anchor.[6]

In 2017, the CBC announced that Mesley will host a new Sunday morning talk show on politics and media for the network, to debut in 2018.[6]


  1. ^ "Dynamic duo: Wendy Mesley and Diana Swain hope to shock viewers with their new CBC show Disclosure". Halifax Daily News, November 13, 2001.
  2. ^ "Wendy Mesley returns with new series". The Gazette, June 25, 1995.
  3. ^ There's something about Wendy. Chatelaine. May 1999.
  4. ^ Wendy Mesley diagnosed with breast cancer. CBC News, January 7, 2005; retrieved November 10, 2006. Archived February 4, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Cancer, and the battle after" The Globe and Mail. March 4, 2006; retrieved November 10, 2006.[dead link]
  6. ^ a b "Wendy Mesley to host live CBC talk show on Sunday mornings". Toronto Star, July 27, 2017.

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