Harvey Brownstone Interviews Steve Paikin, Host of TV Ontario’s “The Agenda” and Author
Harvey Brownstone conducts an in-depth interview with Steve Paikin, Host of TV Ontario’s “The Agenda” and Author
About Harvey’s guest
Steve Paikin, OC OOnt, is a Canadian journalist, author, and documentary producer. He has primarily worked for TVOntario (TVO), Ontario's public broadcaster, and is anchor of TVO's flagship current affairs program The Agenda with Steve Paikin.
A native of Hamilton, Ontario, Paikin was born to Lawrence and Marina Paikin. He graduated from Hillfield Strathallan College in 1978 and continued to university where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto (Victoria University, Toronto 1981). Later, he received his master's degree in broadcast journalism from Boston University. He served as sports editor for the University of Toronto's independent weekly, The Newspaper, while pursuing his BA, and was the play-by-play voice of the Varsity Blues hockey and football teams on U of T Radio.
In 1992, Paikin began work at TVO, hosting the political series Between the Lines until 1994. He also co-created the Queen's Park magazine Fourth Reading, which he hosted for 14 years. In 1994, Paikin began co-hosting duties (with Mary Hynes for two years, and then Paula Todd) on Studio 2 until 2006. In 1998, he co-created and began hosting Diplomatic Immunity, a weekly foreign affairs commentary show.
In 2006, TVO cancelled Studio 2 and replaced it with a new program, The Agenda with Steve Paikin. Paikin frequently is selected to be the moderator of election debates. He acted as a moderator for federal leaders debates in 2006, 2008, and 2011; and for Ontario provincial leaders debates in 2007, 2011, 2014, and 2018.
Aside from his hosting and journalistic endeavors, Paikin has produced a number of feature-length documentaries: Return to the Warsaw Ghetto; A Main Street Man; Balkan Madness; Teachers, Tories and Turmoil; and Chairman of the Board: The Life and Death of John Robarts. For 1993's Return to the Warsaw Ghetto, Paikin won the "Silver Screen Award" at the U.S. International Film and Video Festival, and received awards at the Yorkton Film Festival in Saskatchewan and at China's Shanghai Film Festival.
He holds honorary doctorates from McMaster University, Victoria University, Laurentian University, York University, and honorary diplomas from Humber College, Centennial College, Mohawk College and Fanshawe College. He was later appointed chancellor of Laurentian University in Sudbury in October 2013, a position which he terminated following the university's restructuring amidst financial difficulties in 2021. In December 2013, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and invested into the Order of Ontario.
His publications include:
The Life: The Seductive Call of Politics
The Dark Side: The Personal Price of a Political Life
Public Triumph, Private Tragedy: The Double Life of John P. Robarts
The New Game: How Hockey Saved Itself
Paikin and the Premiers: Personal Reflections on a Half Century of Ontario Leaders,
I am a Victor: The Mordechai Ronen Story
Bill Davis: Nation Builder, and Not So Bland After All
Introduction to Without Walls or Barriers: The Speeches of Premier David Peterson
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