Meet the hosts of CTV News at 5
Published Monday, July 16, 2012 3:42PM ADT
Last Updated Thursday, June 25, 2015 11:48AM ADT
Jayson Baxter - Producer and Host of CTV News at 5
Currently hosting CTV News at 5, Jayson Baxter has been a familiar face to CTV viewers for nearly 20 years. From breaking news, to sports and entertainment, Jayson has covered it all.
He grew up in Lower Sackville, N.S. 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's talents were required back in the newsroom, where he continued reporting and honed his skills as a news anchor.
Now, Jayson is the latest addition to the CTV News at 5, for which he both co-hosts and produces features.
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.
Maria Panopalis - Producer and Host of CTV News at 5
Maria Panopalis is a co-host and producer of the CTV News at 5. She knows the show well, having produced and hosted its entertainment/pop culture segment Section Six for several years.
Maria is a familiar face to Maritime viewers. She first joined CTV Atlantic in 2002, starting as a floor director and production assistant before moving to CTV Morning Live as a co-host. She continues to bring her enthusiasm, infectious spirit and professionalism to CTV News at 5, which she now co-hosts with Jayson Baxter.
While well-versed in social media and pop culture, Maria also enjoys sharing stories unique to our region. Maria spent a year travelling the Maritimes, looking for undiscovered gems which she documented in the weekly segment In Our Backyard. One of her stories won a Radio and Television Digital News Award for Best Short Feature. She was also recognized with a prestigious International Edward R. Murrow Award for Breakfast Television in Nicaragua.
Originally from Halifax, Maria has a Bachelor of Science from Dalhousie University, a Journalism degree from the University of King’s College and a post-graduate diploma in Applied Information Technology.
In 2005, Maria won Making it Big, a North American reality show which pitted her 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.
Maria is heavily involved in the community and lends her time and support to a wide variety of 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 p.m. 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. Her book, Grandma Says - Weather Lore by Cindy Day, was snapped off store shelves and landed on 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.
Originally from Bainsville, Ont., 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.
Cindy grew up in a bilingual household and is fluent in both English and French. She moved to the East Coast 17 years ago and now calls the Maritimes home.
An admitted chocoholic and the Montreal Canadiens' biggest fan, Cindy 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 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, on the CTV News at 5.
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. 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.
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