Omar Sachedina

Omar Sachedina (born August 21, 1982) is a Canadian television journalist, currently a news anchor and correspondent for the CTV Television Network, a Canadian English language television network owned by Bell Media, and Canada's largest privately owned network.

Omar Sachedina
Born (1982-08-21) August 21, 1982 (age 37)
Alma materMcGill University
Columbia University
OccupationNews Anchor, Reporter
Notable credit(s)
CTV News

Early lifeEdit

Omar Sachedina was born and raised in greater Vancouver in an Ismaili Muslim household. His family immigrated from Uganda, tracing their roots to Gujarat in India. He speaks Kutchi, Gujarati and French fluently.[citation needed] Sachedina once mentioned that he was first bitten by the journalism bug at the early age of 12 after writing a letter to the editor of a local newspaper.[1]

Curious about his East African homeland, Sachedina travelled there in 2005 to report and produce a PBS Frontline Fellowship feature documentary titled Uganda: The Return,[2] exploring the return of Asians to Uganda after the 1972 expulsion. He has also reported on the HIV/AIDS crisis in Kenya for[citation needed]


Sachedina completed the International Baccalaureate Program while attending Port Moody Secondary School in Port Moody, British Columbia. He has a degree in Political Science and Philosophy from McGill University in Montreal, a Master's in Journalism from Columbia University in New York, and is a graduate of The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida. [3]


Sachedina's work has appeared in the Vancouver Sun, The Province, the Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail,[4] and CBC Radio. While a student, Sachedina was an intern at Global Television in Vancouver and Montreal, as well as CNN International in London, England.[citation needed] He later worked as a reporter for CTV Northern Ontario. He joined Citytv in July 2006, working on newscasts for both CityNews and CP24, where he remained until 2008.

While at CP24, Sachedina covered the 2009 Federal Budget from Ottawa, anchored the 2008 Canadian Federal Election night coverage, anchored the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election Night, and President Barack Obama's inauguration.

CTV National NewsEdit

Omar Sachedina joined CTV National News as a correspondent in September, 2009, and has reported from the United States, Jordan, Israel, France, Mexico and South Africa.[citation needed] He also travelled to London, England to cover the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in 2011.[citation needed] Later that year, Sachedina went to Oslo, Norway, to report on the murder of 77 people at a youth camp.[citation needed] In 2012, Sachedina reported breaking international news when he travelled to Newtown, Connecticut to cover the second deadliest school shooting in United States history, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting[5]

Sachedina is a frequent guest host on Canada AM, and contributes to and CTV's W5. In March 2012, Sachedina delivered an investigative documentary with CTV's W5, entitled, Cold Comfort.[6]

He also serves frequently as a substitute anchor on CTV National News for Lisa LaFlamme and Sandie Rinaldo.[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

Sachedina announced on Twitter on March 22, 2013, that he would be moving to Ottawa to assume the role of Parliamentary Correspondent. Sachedina previously resided in Toronto, Ontario. He is now based in Ottawa, working at CTV National News ' Ottawa Bureau.


In 2011, The National Post listed Sachedina on their Worthy 30 list, honouring the top successful men in Toronto.[7]

Sachedina is the recipient of the 2010 RTNDA Canada President’s Fellowship.[8]


  1. ^ "Personalities - Omar Sachedina". CityTV. Archived from the original on August 10, 2007.
  2. ^ "Rough Cut - Uganda: The Return". WGBH Educational Foundation. May 10, 2007. Retrieved February 19, 2020.
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  4. ^ "Election too close to call as voting begins". The Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on May 13, 2013.
  5. ^ "Gunman killed mother before school shooting; 20 children among dead". CTV News. December 14, 2012. Retrieved February 19, 2020.
  6. ^ [1][permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Govani, Shinan (February 11, 2011). "Shinan's Worthy 30: Canada's Most Eligible Bachelors". The National Post. Archived from the original on April 4, 2014.
  8. ^ "Omar Sachedina". CTV News. Retrieved February 19, 2020.

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