Meet the hosts of CTV News at 5
Published Monday, July 16, 2012 3:42PM ADT
Last Updated Monday, April 15, 2013 10:19AM ADT
Starr Dobson - Producer and co-host, CTV News at 5
Starr Dobson is the producer and co-host of the Maritimes' most watched newsmagazine program – CTV News at 5.
Starr joined the CTV Atlantic news team in 1990, after graduating from the University of King's College with a Bachelor of Honours Journalism degree.
This year, Starr won the Atlantic RTDNA Adrienne Clarkson Award - Diversity for her feature story on Hanukkah. She also received the same award for her feature report on Bonny Lea Farm in 2009.
Last year, Starr took home the Best Long Feature at the 2010 event for her story 'My Tree.' Starr also co-produced and hosted special editions of Live at 5 that were awarded the Trina McQueen Award for best news information programming in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Starr is also an Atlantic Journalism Award winner.
Starr is the Campaign Chair for Bonny Lea Farm - a residence and training centre for people with disabilities. She has served on the Board of Governors for the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts and volunteers her time with the IWK Telethon and Christmas Daddies. Starr also devotes many volunteer hours to Special Olympics Nova Scotia. She serves on the SONS Board of Directors and is especially proud of her younger sister, Stacey, who is a Special Olympics athlete.
Starr is also a best-selling author. Her children's book, "My Goat Gertrude," shares the story of her quirky childhood experiences of growing up with a goat in the house!
Starr can also add actress to her resume, having graced the stage at Neptune Theatre for the 2010 production of the Vagina Monologues.
Starr is married with two children and a very spoiled dog.
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 Section Six, 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 Senior Meteorologist. Although she is best known for her comprehensive on-camera forecasts, Cindy has been working on and off camera for close to twenty five years.
Cindy obtained her degree in meteorology from McGill University, studying at both Environment Canada and Lakehead University. Her career began with Environment Canada, briefing pilots at the MacDonald Cartier Airport in Ottawa. She stepped into media with a job at CFRA radio in Ottawa, hosting a program called Ottawa AM. She was the first full-time meteorologist on private radio in Canada. She eventually created her own business - "Weather by Day" – providing seasonal forecasts, climate data and radio reports for Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec.
Originally from Bainsville, Ontario Cindy 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. She joined CTV in September 2007 and has become an important part of the CTV family. She not only provides up-to-the-minutes forecasts for viewers, she also is very active in social media. You can follow Cindy on twitter @CindyDayCTV; she’ll keep you posted on weather changes throughout the day. For a more in depth look, check out her daily weather blog on the CTV website.
Cindy recently published her first book, “Grandma Says - Weather Lore by Cindy Day.” Grandma Says made the Globe and Mail year end top 20 list!
Cindy is an admitted chocoholic and is, without question, the Montreal Canadiens' biggest fan. Cindy lives in Dartmouth with her Beagle "Bix". In addition to skiing and cooking in the winter and golfing and gardening in the summer, Cindy loves to collect umbrellas for those rainy Maritime days.