Steve Paikin

The anchor and senior editor of The Agenda on TVO, Steve Paikin has moderated leaders’ debates for three federal and two provincial elections, has written multiple books, and has created several documentaries.

Whether in front of the camera or a live audience, Paikin always brings his intelligent analysis to top, headlining stories—be them local, national, or international. For twelve years prior to The Agenda, Paikin co-hosted TVO’s Studio 2. He also hosted TVO’s weekly foreign affairs series, Diplomatic Immunity, which debuted in 1998.

His book, Paikin and the Premiers: Personal Reflections on a Half-Century of Ontario Leaders, examines a half century of Ontario’s leaders. In his book The New Game Paikin looked at the history of hockey, and the changes that shaped the game. In 2005, he penned Public Triumph, Private Tragedy: The Double Life of John P. Robarts, which analyzed the impact of the former Ontario Premier John Robarts on Ontario.  Paikin wrote The Life: The Seductive Call of Politics and The Dark Side: The Personal Price of a Political Life.

His documentary Return to The Warsaw Ghetto won the “Silver Screen Award” at the U.S. International Film and Video Festival, as well as awards at Canada’s Yorkton Film Festival and China’s Shanghai Film Festival. In June 2013 Laurentian University named Steve Paikin their second Chancellor.

In December 2014, he was appointed distinguished visiting professor in The RTA School of Media and School of Journalism at Ryerson University, his term starting January 2015. Steve is originally from Hamilton, was educated at the University of Toronto and Boston University,  which we believe explains his love of the  Hamilton Tiger Cats and Boston Red Sox.  


He has spent nearly 35 years in journalism.

Steve Paikin