Speaker Profiles

David Akin

David Akin

Parliamentary Bureau Chief

Sun Media

Gemini Award-winning journalist David Akin is the National Bureau Chief for Sun Media and host of “Battleground”, a program that focuses exclusively on elections here and around the world at the federal, provincial and municipal level broadcast Monday to Friday on Sun News Network. Since arriving on Parliament Hill in 2005, Akin has covered events as varied as Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s annual tours through the Arctic to the Arab Spring uprisings in Egypt to terror trials at Guantanamo Bay Naval Station, Cuba. On Sun News Network, Akin has anchored live coast-to-coast wire-to-wire election night coverage for the 2011 federal election as well as the most recent provincial elections in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, and Nova Scotia.

Akin received a Gemini Award for his reporting while he was a correspondent for CTV National News with Lloyd Robertson and he was a National Newspaper Award finalist while working as a contributing writer for The Globe and Mail. His 20-year career in journalism also includes being a member of the inaugural staff at The National Post.

Akin has long been one of Canada’s journalism pioneers when it comes to exploring ways to use digital media and computer-assisted tools for newsgathering and publishing. His blog, On The Hill, is nearly a decade old and he is a frequent speaker on the use of social media in communications.

A Montrealer by birth, Akin studied history at the University of Guelph. He lives near Ottawa with his wife and two children.

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