Reporter, Toronto Star
Tonda MacCharles, current president of the Parliamentary Press Gallery, began reporting in her native Newfoundland in 1983. In a 35-year career in journalism, she’s worked in print and television for the Evening Telegram, the Ottawa Citizen, the Fifth Estate, CBC’s The National and for the past 20 years in the Ottawa bureau of the Toronto Star. She has covered everything from the fishing industry collapse and the rise of the oil industry off Canada’s east coast, to national debates over the constitution, free trade and national security laws. Her political beats included the NDP, the Bloc Quebecois, the Reform Party, the Canadian Alliance, the Conservative Party of Canada and now the Liberal Party under Justin Trudeau. MacCharles is a justice and legal affairs specialist who covers the Supreme Court of Canada and the RCMP. She has occasionally hosted CTV’s Power Play, is a guest panellist on radio and television political shows, and struggles to hang on to her title as three-time winner of annual political trivia quiz on CBC’s The House.