Award-winning journalist Dawna Friesen is the anchor and Executive Editor of Global National, the flagship national newscast for Global News. During her more than 30 years as a journalist, Friesen has been everywhere from small town Canada to the front lines of history. Most recently, Friesen anchored Global News’ coverage of America Votes 2016 from Washington, D.C. when Donald Trump was elected President.
Prior to joining Global National, Friesen was a senior foreign correspondent for NBC News, based in in London. During her 11 years there, she travelled extensively across Europe and the Middle East, covering the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, spending months in Israel and Gaza during the conflict there, following the disappearance (and murder) of journalist Daniel Pearl in Pakistan, and covering events in Russia, including terrorist attacks in Moscow and Beslan. Her work appeared on NBC Nightly News, Today and MSNBC, and she won an Emmy award for election night coverage when President Barack Obama won his first term.