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Alison Smith is a Washington correspondent for CBC Television News.

Alison Smith is one of the CBC’s best known and respected journalists and has played an important role as an anchor and reporter in the network’s coverage of major news events at home and abroad.

Most recently she was the host of CBC News: Morning the network’s flagship morning news and information program on CBC Television and CBC Newsworld. Her tenure there began with the war in Iraq and Smith launched the network’s comprehensive coverage of the Iraq conflict as well as the SARS outbreak, and the Columbia shuttle disaster.

She has also reported and anchored live coverage on a wide range of major international stories including the attacks of September 11th, the Pope’s visits to Canada, and his funeral in Rome, the death of Princess Diana, the Athens Olympics, the 60th Anniversary Commemoration of the Liberation of Auschwitz, and the liberation celebrations in Holland, as well as elections in Israel and South Africa.


Her interviews have been wide-ranging – including conversations with then Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, Senator Hillary Clinton, Prime Minister Paul Martin, Jane Fonda, the former President of South Africa, F.W. deKlerk, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Prince Philip.
She has reported from every province and territory in Canada and has covered federal and provincial politics for more than 25 years.

Smith’s television news career began in 1977. She worked as a reporter in the CBC Toronto newsroom, moving to the National in 1982 where she worked as a national reporter and assignment editor. She was on the air the CBC Newsworld launched in 1989, and went on to host CBC Newsmagazine, The Lead, Newsworld Reports, and CBC News Morning.
Smith was born and raised in Osoyoos, British Columbia and was educated at the University of British Columbia and Ryerson Polytechnic University.

She is also the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Okanagan University College.