Peter Akman uncovers stories across Canada and around the world as an investigative correspondent for CTV’s W5, Canada’s most-watched documentary series.
Akman joins W5’s expert team of award-winning journalists from CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LISA LAFLAMME where he served as Toronto Bureau Reporter for five years, covering major local and international stories including the Thailand cave rescue in July 2018.
Akman began his career as a video journalist for CTV in Timmins, Ont., then spent nearly eight years with CBC News, first as a reporter and back-up anchor stationed in Calgary, and later as reporter, VJ, and anchor for CBC Local and THE NATIONAL based in Montréal and Toronto.
Akman’s career has taken him across Canada and around the world. In 2013, he reported on the deadly Lac Mégantic train explosion in Québec; Detroit’s declaration of bankruptcy – the largest municipal Chapter 9 filing in U.S. history; and the Navy Yards mass shooting that claimed 13 lives in Washington.
His stories have brought him to the heart of conflict unfolding in Northern Africa and the Middle East. He reported from Libya during the fall of Muammar Gaddafi; from Egypt during the Tahrir Square revolution and the eventual fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak; and spent two months reporting from Afghanistan while embedded with Canadian Armed Forces in the aftermath of 9/11. Akman has also covered U.S. politics from Washington and the 2012 Olympic Games from London.
Akman was recognized by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) with the Ron Laidlaw Award for continuing coverage of the Richelieu River flooding in 2011, the overland flooding disaster in Québec that affected thousands of residents for months. He has also earned multiple RTDNA nominations throughout his career.
Born in St. John’s and raised in Ottawa, Akman received an Honours Degree majoring in English and Communications from Simon Fraser University (SFU). An avid swimmer, Akman is a nine-time All American Athlete (1995–1999) in swimming. Akman was the First Place Champion, American National Championships (NAIA) for swimming (1998), represented Canada at several international swimming competitions, and participated in the Canadian Olympic Trials for swimming in 1996 and 2000.