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David Common named new host of CBC Toronto’s ‘Metro Morning’

David Common has been named the new host of CBC Toronto morning radio show, Metro Morning. His first day in the host chair will be Oct. 16.

He steps into the role vacated by Ismaila Alfa this spring when he left Metro Morning to take over Ontario weekend morning program, Fresh Air.

Common, who most recently has been hosting long-running investigative consumer program, Marketplace, is originally from Winnipeg, but grew up in Toronto and pursued a Political Science and Mass Communications degree at York University, in addition to studying Radio & Television Journalism at Seneca College.

David Common in the field

He’s worked with CBC News since 2005, initially as a reporter at CBC Toronto, before going on to roles including acting as the network’s Paris-based European correspondent, New York Bureau Chief, and anchoring flagship radio newscast World Report. He’s been dispatched to more than 85 countries on assignment, including Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia. He currently resides in Etobicoke with his wife and two daughters.

“I’ve spent much of my career on an adventure, travelling all over the world to where big news events were happening. But Toronto has long been home,” said Common, in a CBC announcement. “It is exciting to go from a global adventure to a local one, with the opportunity to meet and hear from people in all corners of this diverse city.”

“Everyone on the Metro Morning team lives in the GTA. We face the same challenges as our listeners, whether staring down growing prices or tackling the Gardiner,” he added. “We want to help people navigate the challenges of our daily lives, and we are here to hold those in power accountable.”

The public broadcaster said with Common at the helm, Metro Morning “will ask hard questions of decision-makers, provide essential local news, and celebrate the people and ideas that make this city unique.”

“David brings a natural curiosity, quick wit, and a wealth of journalistic chops to our flagship morning program,” said Prasanna Rajagopalan, Director of Journalism and Programming at CBC Toronto. “Those traits will serve him well as he explores the daily workings of life in the GTA.”

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Connie Thiessen
Connie Thiessen
Connie has worked coast-to-coast as a reporter, editor, anchor and host at CKNW and News 1130 in Vancouver, News 95.7 and CBC in Halifax, and CFCW Edmonton, among other stations. With a passion for music, film and community service, she led News 95.7 to a 2013 Atlantic Journalism Award and regional RTDNA award for Best Radio Newscast. More recently, she was nominated for Music Journalist of the Year at Canadian Music Week 2019. To report a typo or error please email -

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