Jeff Douglas

Host, As It Happens

As it Happens co-host Jeff Douglas brings a wealth of experience to CBC Radio One. He has hosted the award-winning documentary series Ancestors in the Attic (History, Global),chronicling the stories of ordinary people and their extraordinary experiences.

Douglas has travelled across the country and back in time exploring the lives of the common worker throughout Canadian history in Working Over Time (History Television) as well as starring in the documentary series Things That Move (History Television/National Geographic Canada), investigating the triumphs and failures of invention and how machines have changed our lives. More recently, he starred in Making History (National Geographic), an internationally broadcast four-part series exploring and re-creating significant historic places and events.

Douglas also hosted the 161 country-wide live broadcast of Jetman Live (National Geographic), a live television event showcasing adventurer Yves Rossy's attempt to be the first person to fly across the English Channel using a jet pack.

With a background in narration, storytelling and considerable experience in theatre, Jeff Douglas's dynamic personality has allowed him to tackle the most obscure and interesting situations ranging from mushing dogs in Yukon to leaping out of planes with 442 Squadron search and rescue personnel.

Jeff Douglas has won numerous awards for his work including three Gemini nominations. He is also a Kari Award recipient for his popular commercial work, which includes playing Joe Canadian in the now legendary "I Am Canadian" campaign.

Born in Truro, Nova Scotia, Douglas currently lives and works in Toronto.

 

As It Happens

Listening to As It Happens is like taking a trip around the world five nights a week. For more than 35 years, using the simplest of tools - the telephone - this current affairs program has explored the heart of a story, whether it's happening in the streets of Belgrade, the dockyards of Vancouver, the boardrooms of Bay Street, or the kitchens of Paris.

As It Happens gets its stories from "the horse's mouth" - securing interviews with world leaders, rabble-rousers, bingo callers and deposed dictators. The show has a soft-spot for "characters" and never turns its nose up at something wild, weird or wacky. And, on the complex and troubling stories of the day, As It Happens searches for greater understanding in the story behind the story.