Wendy Mesley

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Wendy Mesley
Wendy Mesley at the 18th CFC Annual Gala.jpg
Mesley at the 18th CFC Annual Gala, 2012
Wendy Mesley

(1957-01-08) January 8, 1957 (age 63)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Alma materRyerson University
OccupationBroadcast journalist
Years active1976–present (radio), 1979–present (television)
Known forThe Weekly with Wendy Mesley & The National
  • (m. 1989; div. 1992)
  • Liam McQuade
    (m. 1998)
ChildrenKate Rae McQuade
Awards3 Gemini Awards, Gold Medal for Best Magazine Format at the New York Festival's International Television Awards, 2006 John Drainie Award

Wendy Mesley (born January 8, 1957) is a Canadian television journalist, reporter, and host of The Weekly with Wendy Mesley, a Sunday morning talk show about media, politics, and technology which airs Sundays on CBC Television and CBC News Network.

Mesley hosted CBC Television's consumer investigation series Marketplace, and is also a frequent back-up anchor for CBC's flagship evening news program The National. She co-hosts Test the Nation with Brent Bambury. In 2001 and 2002 she co-hosted the investigative newsmagazine CBC News: Disclosure with Diana Swain,[1] and previously hosted the media and technology series Undercurrents from 1995 until 2001.[2]

She was born in Montreal, Quebec. On January 6, 1989, Mesley married CBC news anchor Peter Mansbridge, but the marriage ended in 1992. She remarried on April 17, 1998, to marketing executive Liam McQuade and has one daughter with him, Kate Rae McQuade.[3]

In January 2005, Mesley announced that she had found a lump in her left breast and had been diagnosed with breast cancer.[4] After undergoing treatment, including two lumpectomies, chemotherapy and radiation, Mesley returned to the CBC full-time in March 2006, but was under the care of an oncologist and had been taking the intravenous, anti-cancer drug Herceptin.[5] That same month her documentary "Chasing the Cancer Answer" was aired, and generally well received.

Since October 2009, Mesley has had a greater presence on CBC's nightly newscast The National, and in 2010 she became the program's regular Sunday anchor.[6]

In January 2018 Mesley started hosting a new Sunday morning talk show on politics and media: The Weekly with Wendy Mesley.[7][8]

In 2020, Wendy Mesley was suspended from CBC's The Weekly for saying the word nigger in reference to the book White Niggers of America written by Pierre Vallières while hosting an editorial meeting about race issues. Mesley immediately apologized.[9][10]


  1. ^ "Dynamic duo: Wendy Mesley and Diana Swain hope to shock viewers with their new CBC show Disclosure". Halifax Daily News, November 13, 2001.
  2. ^ "Wendy Mesley returns with new series". The Gazette, June 25, 1995.
  3. ^ There's something about Wendy. Chatelaine. May 1999.
  4. ^ Wendy Mesley diagnosed with breast cancer. CBC News, January 7, 2005; retrieved November 10, 2006. Archived February 4, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Cancer, and the battle after"[permanent dead link] The Globe and Mail. March 4, 2006; retrieved November 10, 2006.[dead link]
  6. ^ "Wendy Mesley to host live CBC talk show on Sunday mornings". Toronto Star, July 27, 2017.
  7. ^ "CBC News announces new Sunday morning talk show to be hosted by Wendy Mesley". cbc.ca. July 27, 2017. Retrieved December 22, 2019.
  8. ^ "LIVE: The Weekly with Wendy Mesley for Sunday, January 14, 2018". facebook.com. CBC News. January 14, 2018. Retrieved December 22, 2019. This is the premiere edition of The Weekly with Wendy Mesley
  9. ^ "Black CBC journalist present when Wendy Mesley used N-word says her presence prompted disciplinary action".
  10. ^ "Wendy Mesley suspended from hosting after using 'careless' language in discussing racial issue | CBC News". CBC. June 9, 2020. Retrieved June 9, 2020.