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Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership

Anna Maria Tremonti

Anna Maria Tremonti
Journalist, Podcaster & 17 Season Host of 'The Current'

Until very recently, Anna Maria Tremonti hosted CBC Radio One’s The Current, where her mix of hard-edged journalism and hard-won empathy helped build the show into Canada’s most listened-to radio program. Her recognizable voice, thoughtful questions, and her approach to finding the humanity in the people you meet, drew listeners in. She has the gift of tackling everything from the politics of the day, to the changes that affect our society, to the stories of individuals whose personal journeys and traumas affect us all. Without a doubt, every dedicated listener has been consistently moved and inspired by Anna Maria’s genuine approach to interviewing. She is a masterful storyteller, who touches the human spirit and captivate audiences.

After 17 years at the helm and as a two-time Gemini Award winner, now Anna Maria is taking a leap into the world of digital communication with a new way of telling stories and sharing ideas, through original podcasts that will illuminate, challenge and surprise.

Anna Maria is also a former foreign correspondent and war correspondent who spent close to a decade posted in Berlin, London, Jerusalem and Washington. Her ongoing coverage of major international stories includes the breakup of the former Soviet Union, the war in Bosnia, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the politics of the Arab world, Europe and the United States.  She also has extensive experience covering Canadian federal and provincial politics.

"She’s been a beacon of truth telling and truth seeking. Tremonti doesn't shy away from nuance and complexity but rather investigates why such complexity exists. Her brand of journalism is premised on a measured approach to truth seeking that is essential in our increasingly polarized political and social context. Tremonti’s career demonstrates her commitment to journalism and how she encourages knowledge sharing, public dialogue, and social transformation."
- From the introduction to her Convocation Speech at Royal Roads University