Avery Haines

Host and Managing Editor, W5



Bringing more than 30 years of exceptional experience in Canadian journalism, Avery Haines traveled across Canada and around the world as an investigative correspondent for CTV’s W5 since 2017. In August 2020, Haines was named Host and Managing Editor of Canada’s most-watched documentary series.

Haines specializes in stories on social justice, crime, and health. Her recent W5 investigations include the award-winning, rare, and intense interview with a local cartel boss at a narco safe house in Playa del Carmen, examining how the Mayan Riviera is in the grips of a cartel crisis. Her tenacious reporting earned her the prestigious 2020 Canadian Screen Award for Best Host or Interviewer, News or Information for the story “The Narco Riviera”. Haines also provided extensive coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, including an exclusive interview with Dr. Bruce Aylward, the Assistant Director-General of the World Health Organization. 

Haines has reported on a vast array of significant news stories at the local, national, and international levels, including covering ISIS actions while on the ground in Iraq. In 2016, Haines began to film and produce her own documentaries, including My Penpal: The Warlord’s Wife, in which she interviewed Jewel Howard Taylor, Vice-President of Liberia, and Two Kilometres to Terror: Life and Death Under ISIS. Both documentaries were nominated for RTDNA awards and her ISIS documentary was awarded the RTDNA Dave Rogers Award for Long Feature (Large Market).

Haines began her career in journalism as a radio reporter at CFRB 1010 in Toronto. She also hosted two national health shows for Alliance Atlantis’s Discovery Health Network. HEALTH ON THE LINE was honoured with two Gemini Awards for Best Talk Show. MEDICAL HOTSEAT was also nominated for Best Talk Show. Prior to joining W5, Haines served as senior reporter and anchor for CityTV Toronto. 

Haines speaks English.

Throughout her career, Haines has been recognized with a multitude of awards and nominations, including numerous Radio Television Digital News Association of Canada (RTDNA) awards, as well as multiple Canadian Screen Award wins for Best Host or Interviewer, News and Information and nominations for Best Local Reportage.

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