Currently hosting CTV News at 5, Jayson Baxter has been a familiar face to CTV viewers for close to 20 years. From breaking news, to sports and entertainment, Jayson has covered it all.
He grew up in Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia and moved to Ontario for post-secondary education. After pursuing television opportunities in Ontario and Alberta, Jayson moved back home in 1998 and landed a job with CTV Atlantic as a sports and news reporter.
CTV’s morning show soon attracted Jayson. His ability to work without a script combined with a quick wit and natural storytelling ability made him a perfect co-host for Breakfast Television. After many years of antics with his on-air partner Cyril Lunney, Jayson transitioned to the role of news anchor.
In July, Jayson stepped back into the newsroom and is now the latest addition to CTV News at 5 – regularly hosting the show while also producing features for the program.
Jayson has brought viewers many memorial stories over the years, including his foray into the world of food trucks, his many 2015 storm stories and his special feature about Canadian veterans in Vimy Ridge. In 2008, Jayson was recognized for journalistic excellence with a Radio-Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Atlantic Regional Award. His documentary on Climate Change won in the category of best In-Depth/ Investigative Reporting.
Jayson has deep ties to the community. He has volunteered countless hours with sports groups and has been involved with many of CTV Atlantic’s charitable efforts - from the IWK Telethon to Christmas Daddies. He has a special place in his heart for the Canadian Cancer Society and has hosted its Relay for Life in Halifax for many years. In 2012, he accepted the challenge of being a member of the Relay’s DreamTeam. He and his teammates each raised $10,000 - providing much-needed funds to fight cancer and inspiring countless others with their dedication to the cause.
He is a proud father of three girls and rarely turns down an opportunity to coach his kids in baseball, soccer and basketball.