Veteran broadcaster and TV host Susan Hay has been part of the Global News family for more than 20 years covering weather news, local community events and hosting news segments. Susan is the host of “Making a Difference”, a twice-weekly news segment, airing Monday and Wednesday evenings on the News Hour.
The feature showcases the inspirational stories about the places we live and local residents who are making a positive impact in the lives of others. When Susan’s not hosting “Making a Difference”, she’s live in the field covering various events and happenings in the GTA. Susan began her career at MCTV in Sudbury as a weather anchor and host/producer of a live half-hour talk forum and moved to the CBC as weather anchor and on-location entertainment reporter.
In May 1989, Susan joined Global Television and anchored daily regional and national forecasts on Global’s evening and late-night newscasts.
From 2001 to 2003, Susan hosted her own signature segment, “Susan Hay’s Heart of the City.” This popular news segment also aired as a weekly half-hour documentary series on Global Television and PRIME TV (specialty channel now TVTropolis).
Susan continues to dedicate her free time to working with many charitable organizations and is spokesperson for Toronto’s Ronald McDonald House, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada, Reach for the Rainbow and the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario. She sits on the board for Ronald McDonald House. For the past 15 years, Susan has co-hosted Toronto’s Santa Claus Parade, an annual favourite that is broadcast in four countries. In 2003, she visited Africa with World Vision to help children who have been orphaned by AIDS and her most recent charity trip was in El Salvador. Her work in Africa resulted in a one-hour show, which garnered a Telly, an American Industry Award for Excellence in TV and Commercial Broadcasting. Susan made a second trip to Voi, Kenya in East Africa in August 2005 and Tanzania in 2006 to build a school and transform lives. Susan’s accolades include the 2009 Rotary Youth Impact Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of the outstanding contributions she has made to youth and young adults, the 2007 Spirit of Giving Award from the Reach For The Rainbow charity which supports children and young adults with disabilities, and the 2004 Consumer Choice Woman of the Year Award chosen by the general public.
In 2000, she received an Outstanding Woman in her Field Award for In Celebration of Women, which is given to women who have excelled in the media and assisted in raising awareness and funds for worthwhile causes. Hay has also received the Distinguished Diamond Award for her role in assisting charitable causes for the betterment of the community. Her Alma Mater, Canadore College, presented her with an honourary diploma for Communication Arts and established a scholarship in her name. Mohawk College presented Hay with their Honourary Andy Award, an award given for excellence in the media industry.
Susan was also awarded the Canadian Crime Victim Foundation Award of Honour for making a difference in the lives of others here and abroad.
In 2009 she received the Gemini Humanitarian Award, presented to an individual for their exceptional contributions and commitments to community and public service outside the Canadian television industry.
In her spare time, Susan enjoys running and has completed three marathons including the Ottawa Citizen National Capital Marathon, the Barbados Marathon and the 2006 Hawaii Marathon, all in aid of Leukemia.