Host, Global News Morning
Competing for Team Canada at international tennis tournaments turned Shannon Cuciz into a storyteller. When she wasn’t playing, she was exploring new cities, listening to locals, embracing different cultures, then journaling about them. While training at a tennis academy near Amsterdam, Cuciz read The Diary of Anne Frank and became fascinated with the power of sharing personal stories.
She went on to study journalism in Toronto at Ryerson University, then language at Konstanz University in Germany on scholarship. Next, she moved to Prince Albert, Saskatchewan as a video journalist intern where her knack for original storytelling was noticed. In 2014, Cuciz joined the Global News team in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Since then, she produced and hosted a four-part series giving Canadians a glimpse into the terrifying reality of child sexual exploitation. This led to the launch of Winnipeg’s first extensive resource guide for at-risk or vulnerable people. Cuciz also produced a series focused on body image you can watch here. So far, her most memorable moment on the job has been jumping out of a plane with the Canadian Forces SkyHawks.
In 2016, Cuciz became the host of Global News Morning in Winnipeg. Every weekday, live from 6-9 a.m., she speaks with people about their stories and events aiming to make a difference in the community. The show’s weekly animal adoption segment ‘Adopt a Pal’ has helped more than 80 rescue dogs find a home after appearing on air. Cuciz also produces and hosts a fitness series on Global ‘Get Fit Manitoba’ which empowers people to embrace a healthy lifestyle all year.
When she’s not preparing for interviews or travelling, Cuciz can be found volunteering at Winnipeg Animal Services. Every year, she speaks at events including Women As Career Coaches and mentors young women.