|Born||December 31, 1963|
|Status||Global National anchor and executive anchor |
|Education||Red River College|
|CTV NewsNet anchor|
NBC News foreign correspondent
Global National anchor and executive editor
|Title||News anchor and executive editor of Global National|
|Tom Kennedy (? - 2018)|
Rick Anderson, a (Canadian Political Strategist) (July 28, 2018-)
She started reading news at a hybrid television and radio station in Brandon, Manitoba, in 1985 and from there went on to report for other stations in Thunder Bay, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary, Vancouver, and Toronto.
By the late 1990s she was recruited by national networks in Canada and the US and joined NBC News. While at NBC, Friesen covered stories out of London as well as the Middle East, including the Israeli Palestinian conflict and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in Karachi. She won an Emmy for her part in NBC's coverage of Barack Obama election as US President.
In 2010 Friesen joined Global News as their Global National anchor, succeeding Kevin Newman. Friesen was the first full-time female news anchor to lead a nightly newscast in Canada. In 2011 she won the Gemini Award for best news anchor.
Friesen was raised on a farm west of Winnipeg; her parents were nonobservant Mennonites. Her father had her work on the farm, and she learned how to drive a tractor when she was six. Her mother was active in local politics. She graduated from Red River College and worked as a waitress when she was young. She re-married on July 28, 2018, to Rick Anderson after she divorced Tom Kennedy.