Vassy Kapelos was Global News' Ottawa bureau chief and host of The West Block.

The following memo was sent to CBC staff on Feb. 15, 2018, from Jennifer McGuire, general manager and editor in chief, CBC News.

We are delighted to welcome Vassy Kapelos to CBC as the new host of our flagship television political show, Power & Politics.

Vassy comes to CBC from Global where she was Ottawa bureau chief, regular contributor to Global National and Global affiliates as well as the host of The West Block.  She has also reported from the legislature in Alberta and has experience with live broadcasting of federal and provincial elections.

She brings with her a smart editorial sense, a keen competitive fire and a proven record of breaking news.  Vassy is a regular contributor to Global’s website and is a savvy social media user.

Her ability to write for television, for the website and to manage a bureau of journalism professionals will serve her well as she helps lead the finest political squad in television.

Vassy’s respectful-but-persistent interviewing style has helped her hone an adroit ability to hold the powerful to account.  Her experience and enthusiasm will be invaluable as we chart a renewed course for Power & Politics that will see it expand its digital and broadcast audience.  She starts in early March.

“I’ve had a wonderful decade at Global learning from some of the best and now I’m thrilled for the opportunity to join the Power and Politics team and work with a group of really talented people who are as politics-obsessed as me,” said Vassy.  “I honestly grew up wanting to be the host of a daily political talk show (I admittedly wasn’t the coolest kid) and I am beyond excited that it’s happening at CBC.”

Join me in welcoming Vassy.