Meet the hosts of CTV News at 5
Published Monday, July 16, 2012 3:42PM ADT
Last Updated Friday, May 2, 2014 1:40PM ADT
Bruce Frisko - Producer and Host, CTV News at 5/CTV Late News
Bruce Frisko is one of the Maritime's most popular television personalities. Born in Lestock, Saskatchewan, Bruce started his broadcasting career at CKCK Radio after graduating from the University of Regina in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Communications.
After working in Television in Lethbridge and Edmonton, Bruce moved east in 1995 and began his Maritime career as Co-Anchor for Atlantic Pulse with ASN in Halifax.
Soon after, Bruce took on the role of Anchor/Producer for CTV's Late Night news. In 2003 he added co-host of Live at 5 to his resumé.
Over the years, Bruce has been privileged to cover a number of marquee events including the G7 Summit, Hurricane Juan and a number of provincial elections.
Bruce is always pleased to support the IWK Health Centre, Christmas Daddies and Big Brothers Big Sisters. An unabashed Elvis fan, Bruce has a large collection of the King's music, and is pretty handy in the kitchen: friends say his cabbage rolls are the best!
Maria Panopalis - Producer and Host of CTV News at 5
Maria has been a welcome addition to CTV News at 5 since taking on the role of producer and host of "Section Six" last year. She passionately pursues the latest in pop culture and entertainment. From the latest in fashion and celebrity news, to apps and viral videos, Maria covers it all.
Maria also hosted the popular "In Our Backyard" segment on Live at 5, bringing viewers undiscovered gems in our Maritime communities. One of her features won a prestigious RTNDA this year for Best Short Feature.
Maria is well known to Maritime viewers, having co-hosted CTV Two's popular morning show Breakfast Television for many years. She continues to bring her enthusiasm, infectious spirit and professionalism to her role on CTV News at 5.
Originally from Halifax, Maria has extensive formal education including a Bachelor of Science degree from Dalhousie University, a Journalism degree from University of King's College and a Post Graduate diploma in Applied Information Technology. Maria joined CTV Atlantic in 2002 starting as a floor director and production assistant before landing a gig on Breakfast Television
In 2005 Maria won Making it Big, a North American reality show which saw her compete against two other contestants for the title of best entertainment reporter. Maria also provided high-energy coverage for CTV Atlantic when the Juno Awards came to Halifax in April 2006. Most recently, Maria won a prestigious International Edward R. Murrow Award for Breakfast Television in Nicaragua.
Maria is heavily involved in the community and lends her time and support to a wide variety of events and organizations including CTV supported organizations such as the IWK Health Centre, the Children's Wish Foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society.
Cindy Day - Meteorologist, CTV Atlantic
Cindy Day is CTV Atlantic’s Chief Meteorologist on CTV News at 5, CTV News at 6, and the Late news at 11:30. Best known for her comprehensive on-camera forecasts, Cindy has been working in weather on and off camera for close to 25 years.
Cindy joined CTV in September 2007 and has become a key member of the CTV Atlantic family. Not only does she provide up-to-the-minute forecasts for viewers, she also publishes a weather blog and populates her Twitter and Facebook pages with weather facts and forecasts. She recently published her first book, Grandma Says - Weather Lore by Cindy Day, which made the 2012 Globe and Mail year-end Top 20 List.
A job at CFRA radio in Ottawa kick-started Cindy's media career. As host of the program Ottawa AM, Cindy was the first full-time meteorologist on private radio in Canada. Eventually she created her own business, Weather by Day, providing seasonal forecasts, climate data, and radio reports for Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec.
Cindy studied at both McGill and Lakehead universities, obtaining a degree in meteorology. Her first job was with Environment Canada, where she briefed pilots at the MacDonald Cartier Airport in Ottawa.
Originally from Bainsville, Ont., Day grew up in a bilingual household and is fluent in both English and French. She moved to the East Coast 15 years ago and now calls the Maritimes home.
An admitted chocoholic and the Montreal Canadiens' biggest fan, Day loves to collect umbrellas for those rainy Maritime days. She lives in Dartmouth with her beagle Bix and enjoys skiing and cooking in the winter and golfing and gardening in the summer.
Ana Almeida - Host of Section Six, CTV News at 5
Ana Almeida is the newest addition to the CTV News at 5 team. She takes over from Maria Panopalis as the host and producer of the popular Section Six segment, which features the latest in entertainment, fashion and pop culture.
Many CTV Atlantic viewers already know Ana’s familiar face from her regular appearances on CTV. She made her first foray into television with a weekly gossip segment on the CTV News at 5 called Ana’s Edge. She soon began filling in on a regular basis for Maria Panopalis, the former host of Section Six.
Ana is originally from the island of Sao Miguel, Portugal. She was raised in Cambridge, Ontario and it was there she studied Radio and Television Broadcasting at Conestoga College.
Ana made her broadcasting debut in 2009 with 91.5 The Beat in Kitchener, Ontario as Midday Host. She found her way east to Halifax in 2010 to join the team at 101.3 The BOUNCE where she co-hosted Mornings on the Bounce. In July 2013, she officially joined the CTV News at 5 team.
Beyond her hosting role, Ana also devotes time to charities such as the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the CNIB. She is a supporter of the Kids Help Phone and has been on fundraising teams for the Walk So Kids Can Talk and the Run for the Cure.