Steve Paikin is the anchor and senior editor of TVO’s flagship current affairs program The Agenda with Steve Paikin.
He has produced and hosted a variety of current affairs programs for Ontario’s educational broadcaster for more than 20 years, and is also well-known as the moderator of provincial and federal leaders’ debates during several election campaigns.
Paikin first joined TVO in 1992 after working more than three years as a city hall reporter for Toronto radio station CHFI, and then as a news reporter and anchor with CBC in Toronto for seven years. Since that time he has consistently set new standards of excellence in current affairs. As host of The Agenda, now completing its seventh season, Mr. Paikin plays a vital role in engaging Ontarians in the issues shaping the province.
One of the most intelligent and respected interviewers and moderators in Canadian media, Mr. Paikin has elevated the level of discourse on subjects such as politics, religion and culture, science and technology, the economy and the environment, both in terms of balance and accessibility. Mr. Paikin has served as moderator of federal and provincial leaders’ debates five times, and has written four books about Canadian politics, including his latest, Paikin and the Premiers. He has also produced a number of feature-length documentaries, including the award-winning “Return to the Warsaw Ghetto.”
Mr. Paikin has also received many well-deserved awards and accolades. In 2012, Mr. Paikin was presented with a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. In December 2013, he was named an Officer of the Order of Canada. In January 2014, Mr. Paikin was appointed to the Order of Ontario.