While in Ottawa Boag analyzed Canadian political affairs, and studies polls and news developments in brief interviews with news anchor Peter Mansbridge. He occasionally created feature reports.
Boag first joined CBC in 1983 as a reporter in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Two years later, he moved to the newsroom in Montreal, Quebec. In 1987, he joined network news in Toronto, Ontario and one year later became national reporter for the CBC in British Columbia. In 1995, he became foreign correspondent in Washington, D.C. then moved to South Africa before returning to Canada in 1999. Born in Montreal, he has a degree in history from McGill University and completed a graduate program in journalism at Carleton University.