Launched September 3, 2001, Global National changed the face of national news in Canada through the guiding principle of “News Understood.” With a broader range of reporting and features, a powerful team of Canadian and international correspondents and an unprecedented early evening edition, Canadians embraced the notion that their news could be clearer, more direct and more accessible. Aggressive and innovative, the multi award-winning newscast has met people and stories where they live, broadcasting regularly on-location from across Canada and around the world.
Global National airs weeknights at 5:30pm/6:30pm Maritimes on Global and 7:30pm NFLD on NTV.
Friesen has served for 11 years as a foreign correspondent and anchor for NBC News based in London, England. Appearing on NBC News, The Today Show and MSNBC, she travelled extensively covering many international news stories, including the Israeli Palestinian conflict and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. While Saddam Hussein was still in power, Friesen had the chance to spend time in Iraq, followed by several months in neighbouring Egypt and Jordan in the lead up to the war, returning after the American-led attack on Iraq to report extensively on the country’s slow descent into chaos.
Friesen spent months in Pakistan, travelling to the tribal territories, covering the kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in Karachi. She was in Belgrade after the fall of Slobodan Milosevic and has spent time in Russia covering, among other things, the siege of a theatre by Chechen rebels in 2002, the Beslan school massacre and was in Madrid after the train bombings there in 2004 – travelling on to Morocco following the trail of the bombing suspects. She's provided inside coverage of every election in Britain in the past decade, returned to Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympics as part of NBC's team covering the games and won an Emmy® Award for her part in NBC’s coverage of the night Barak Obama was elected president of the United States.
With an eclectic mix of feature stories all over Europe and the Middle East, including more stories on Britain's royal family than she can count, she has, among other things, interviewed Elvis Presley's distant relatives in Scotland, had exclusive access to the newly-cleaned sculpture of Michelangelo's David in Florence, Italy, and went live on the Today Show from the North Pole region when the Svalbard Global Seed Vault was opened.
Prior to joining NBC, Friesen worked as a national reporter for CTV News in Toronto, anchor at CTV News Channel and back-up anchor on CTV's Canada AM. In addition, she served as a parliamentary reporter in CTV's Ottawa bureau and as a reporter and anchor for CBC-TV in Vancouver. Friesen began her journalism career in 1985 at a newspaper in Portage la Prairie before moving on to radio and television stations in Brandon, Saskatoon, Thunder Bay and Winnipeg. Born in Winnipeg. Friesen grew up on a farm in Manitoba and graduated with a degree in communications from Red River College. In 1993, she received a Southam Fellowship for Journalists from the University of Toronto and in 2009 The Distinguished Alumni Award from Red River College. In September 2010 she will make her inaugural Canadian broadcast for the Global Television network as Anchor and Executive Editor of Global National.
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