Award-winning journalist David Akin covers Canadian federal and electoral politics and is currently Chief Political Correspondent for Global News where his work is featured on Global National, on Global News programs across the country, on Corus Radio stations and at Globalnews.ca.
Akin’s reporting has literally taken him around the world. He has covered Canadian politicians at G7 and G20 summits in St. Petersburg, Russia, Perth, Australia; Kampala, Uganda, and Seoul, South Korea. He has also reported from Tahrir Square during the Arab Spring of 2011; from post 9/11 terror trials at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; and was in Rome in 2013 to cover the election of Pope Francis.
He has covered 19 federal and provincial elections.
In his 35-year journalism career, Akin has been a member of the inaugural staff of the National Post, was a contributing writer for The Globe and Mail, and served as Parliamentary Bureau Chief for Sun Media. He has also been a parliamentary correspondent for CTV National News.
He has long been one of Canada’s journalism pioneers when it comes to exploring ways to use digital and social media as well as computer-assisted tools for newsgathering and publishing.
Akin received the 2017 National Newspaper Award for political reporting for breaking the news about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s 2017 Christmas holiday at the Aga Khan’s island in the Bahamas, a series of stories that led to Trudeau becoming the first prime minister in history to have been found to have broken a federal statute. Akin is also the recipient of a Gemini Award (now known as the Canadian Screen Awards) for his television reporting.
Akin was born in Montreal and studied history at the University of Guelph. He lives near Ottawa with his wife and two children and enjoys cross-country skiing, golf, and collecting Canadian stamps.
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The chief economist at TD Bank said the budget’s measures to help first-time homebuyers could actually push housing prices up by as much as 5 per cent. And that means the Liberals’ attempts to make it easier for first-time home buyers could actually make it worse. Continue reading →
Global News calculates that 32 per cent of New Democrat MPs who won in 2015 will not be on the ballot in 2019. Chief Political Correspondent David Akin says that’s a huge “incumbency disadvantage” that will be a factor in how the 2019 campaign plays out, Continue reading →
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau refused to apologize for losing two key cabinet ministers and his top aide. Continue reading →
Time and again, Trudeau’s former principal secretary Gerald Butts testified that 9,000 jobs were at stake if Jody Wilson-Raybould made the wrong decision on SNC-Lavalin. But as David Akin writes, there’s no evidence to support Butts’ claim. Continue reading →
Wilson-Raybould’s careful, measured testimony was one jaw-dropping revelation after another, writes Global News chief political correspondent David Akin. Continue reading →
Jagmeet Singh finally has a seat in the House of Commons but he and the NDP must confront a loss in Quebec and what that means, David Akin says. Continue reading →
David Akin breaks down the Parliamentary testimony of Canada’s top bureaucrat, who said Thursday there was no inappropriate pressure brought on Jody Wilson-Raybould. Continue reading →
A new poll, providing exclusively to Global News, finds Trudeau’s Liberals have fallen back of Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives in the wake of one of the worst political crises to bedevil the government since taking office. Continue reading →
A new Angus Reid Institute poll has key implications for national political parties as they campaign to build the kind of broad national coalition that can not only win government, but can be seen to be governing in the interest of all Canadians. Continue reading →