The anchor and senior editor of The Agenda on TVO, Steve Paikin is the go-to guy for tackling current-events topics in-depth. He has moderated leaders’ debates for three federal and two provincial elections, has written five books, and has created several documentaries. Whether in front of the camera or a live audience, Paikin always brings his intelligent analysis of headlining stories—be they local, national, or international.
Prior to hosting The Agenda, Paikin co-hosted TVO’s Studio 2 and TVO’s weekly foreign-affairs series, Diplomatic Immunity. His documentary Return to The Warsaw Ghetto won the “Silver Screen Award” at the U.S. International Film and Video Festival, as well as awards at Canada’s Yorkton Film Festival and China’s Shanghai Film Festival.
Paikin also co-produced A Main Street Man, which chronicled the life of former Ontario premier William Davis. His other documentaries include Teachers, Tories and Turmoil, which recounts the controversial education Bill 160, and Chairman of the Board: The Life and Death of John Robarts, a look at the former Ontario premier upon the 40th anniversary of his taking power.
Paikin is the author of The New Game, which looks at the history of hockey, and the changes that have shaped the game; Public Triumph, Private Tragedy: The Double Life of John P. Robarts; The Life: The Seductive Call of Politics; and The Dark Side: The Personal Price of a Political Life. His newest book is Paikin and the Premiers, about the last half-century of Ontario political leadership.
In 2013, Paikin was made a member of The Order Of Canada.
- National and Provincial Politics
- The personal lives of Politicians