CBC TV Edmonton, also known as CBXT-DT, airs just over six hours of local news programming (60 minutes each weekday and 30 minutes on Saturday and Sunday). It is the lowest local newscast output out of any English-language television station in the Edmonton market but nevertheless captures a large and loyal viewing audience. The station airs a 30-minute newscast from 6:00 to 6:30pm on weekdays hosted by Adrienne Pan.
Sandra Batson hosts a half-hour 30-minute newscast weeknights at 11pm and Alicia Asquith hosts a half hour newscast at 11:30pm on Saturdays and at 11:00pm on Sundays.
Briar Stewart is CBC Edmonton’s national news reporter and Adrienne Lamb is the host/producer of Our Edmonton, an hour long news magazine program that airs Saturdays at 6:00am with encores on Sundays and Mondays at 11:00am.
Host | CBC Alberta News Late Night
Alicia Asquith is the host of CBC Alberta News Late Night on the weekends, and also reports for CBC Edmonton. Originally from Northern B.C., Asquith attended Simon Fraser University where she received her degree in Communications.
She is an avid world traveller and has been to dozens of countries. She’s done everything from trekking the Amazon, to hiking the Himalayas, to swimming under the world’s tallest waterfall. It was while living in Venezuela that Alicia had a chance to work as a freelancer photojournalist covering two-years of civil unrest. This inspired her to return to Canada and enroll in the Broadcast Journalism Program at BCIT.
Asquith’s television debut came as a video-journalist in Dawson Creek, B.C. in 2007 before moving on to work for Global Regina and CHEK News in Victoria as a news and weather anchor. She originally joined CBC Edmonton in 2010 on a short-term contract, but has been here ever since. She enjoys that CBC Edmonton enables her to tell her stories on both television and radio. To date, Asquith has had the honour of winning two RTNDA awards for her journalism work.
Asquith is an avid lover of the outdoors and has grown to love the river valley. In her free time, she can usually be found exploring the river valley with her dog, biking area trails, or hiking and camping in the mountains.
Follow Alicia Asquith on Twitter: @AAsquithCBC
Host | CBC Edmonton News at 11
Sandra Batson is the host of CBC Edmonton News weeknights at 11. She has lived and worked across the country as a Reporter, VJ, Producer and Anchor. She started her television career at CBC Toronto, and has worked in Winnipeg, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan before calling Edmonton home. As an anchor, Batson has co-hosted the Queen’s Visit to the RCMP Depot in Regina, and the Canada Summer Games.
Batson has won numerous awards for her reporting, including a gold medal at the New York Festivals, a Gabriel Award, B’nai Brith Human Rights Award, and a Canadian Screen Awards (Gemini) nomination for her current affairs reporting. She also served as a judge for the International Emmy Awards for several years.
Originally from Winnipeg, Batson has her Honours degree in English from the University of Winnipeg, her Master of Arts from McGill University in Montreal, and earned her Journalism degree from Ryerson University in Toronto.
She loves to travel, and considers many places to be like a second home. New York is a favourite spot, having spent many summers there visiting family.
And now that Edmonton is home-base, Batson enjoys the local farmer’s markets and organic grocery stores our city offers. Sandra is a big fan of film and salsa dance, and looks forward to
discovering all new adventures that Edmonton has to offer, like possibly learning how to ski!
Follow Sandra Batson on Twitter: @SandraBatsonCBC
Host/Producer | Our Edmonton
CBC Edmonton’s Adrienne Lamb does double duty as the Host/Producer of Our Edmonton on CBC TV and as a radio reporter, for the morning show, Edmonton AM. Her work is also frequently heard on the network, including featured documentaries about the economy, the military, and the environment.
Adrienne is a talented and creative storyteller who enjoys talking with real people and is excited that as Host/Producer of Our Edmonton she has a platform to tell their stories and engage withthe community.
Adrienne is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario with a degree in English and Anthropology and a Masters in Journalism.
She served for several years as CBC Radio’s national arts reporter in Edmonton. Prior to moving to Edmonton in 2001, Adrienne worked at CBC Radio in Ontario and New Brunswick.
She is especially interested in stories that are connected to business and land/agriculture, as evidenced by her award-winning coverage of the BSE crisis (known as Mad Cow Disease). Adrienne has also been honoured with both regional (2011) and national (2012) RTDNA awards. In 2011 for Homefront, a national special about how Edmonton has changed during the war in Afghanistan and in 2012 for best use of sound in a documentary, CEO of Snow, about a group of boys building their dream fort.
Adrienne is particularly adept at generating original story ideas and exploring the news from a unique perspective.
Find Adrienne Lamb on Twitter: @AdrienneLambCBC
Host | CBC Edmonton News
She was born and raised in Edmonton and was happy to return to her hometown in 2011 to host CBC News Edmonton Late Night. Previously, she worked in Winnipeg from 2003 until May 2011. During this time she worked as a radio and TV reporter, including as the host of CBC News Winnipeg Late Night and reporting and hosting for Global Winnipeg. She has also worked for Global in Lethbridge, and for A- Channel in Edmonton.
One of Pan’s proudest moments is winning the national Radio Television News Directors Award in the Best Long Feature category for her documentary “Saving Grace: The Harry Lehotsky Story”. Lehotsky, a fierce advocate for Winnipeg’s disadvantaged, devoted his life to helping others and improving his challenged neighbourhood. The 49-year old was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer in May 2006, and died that Remembrance Day. During that six month period, Lehotsky and his family, gave Pan unlimited access to their lives. His courage and incredible accomplishments inspired everyone who met him.
Adrienne Pan considers herself a huge foodie, and spends much of her free-time checking out Edmonton’s restaurants.
She also loves travelling whenever she gets the chance. She lived in Montreal while attending McGill University and the city remains a favourite destination of hers.
Follow Adrienne Pan on Twitter: @adriennepancbc
National Reporter | CBC Edmonton News
Briar is the CBC’s national reporter in Edmonton, reporting for both the network and CBC Edmonton News. Stewart grew up in St. Catharines, Ontario and received her Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto.
After graduating, she began her career with CBC as a radio reporter in Thunder Bay, later re-locating to Yorkton, Saskatchewan for a video journalist position.
Stewart became part of the CBC Edmonton team in August 2007 and has covered a variety of stories ranging from the Thomas Svekla Trial, to the Slave Lake forest fires and the more recent Alberta Floods.
In April 2009, she travelled to Spanish Town, Jamaica with the Hobbema Cadets to produce a documentary on their life-changing trip to the troubled slum for which she later won a 2010 AMPIA award. She has a passion for story telling and loves the variety that comes with being a reporter.
In her spare time Stewart enjoys travelling, running and watching a little Sunday afternoon football.
Follow Briar Stewart on Twitter: @briarstewart
CBC Edmonton also produces local radio newscasts including Edmonton AM (hosted by Mark Connolly), Radio Active (hosted by Portia Clark) and half-hourly news bulletins between 5:30 AM and 6:00 PM each weekday. National news program World Report and The World This Hour also airs at the top of each hour during Edmonton AM and Radio Active.