Rosemary Barton is a Canadian journalist working as the chief correspondent for CBC News. She joined the CBC in 2004 as a provincial political correspondent, and in 2011, she made her first appearance on Power & Politics as the main substitute host.
In 2015, she was promoted to lead host of Power & Politics after the dismissal of Evan Solomon. Her style of journalism was lauded as being superior to Evan Solomon’s style. In 2017, she became a co-host of The National, but she left the program after it suffered a dip in ratings.
Rosemary is intent on keeping her love life away from the public eye
Rosemary Barton was born on 31st May 1976 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She was named after her grandmother, Rose, and mother, Mary, and grew up alongside one sister.
Barton has been a public figure for a decade, and she is yet to reveal details about her love life.
Rosemary has courted controversy over her no-nonsense approach to journalism
After Rosemary became the interim host of Power & Politics, she received plaudits for her journalism, especially for how she conducted interviews. During the 2015 election campaign, politician Chris Alexander attempted to deflect a question Rosemary asked about the government’s handling of Syrian refugees. Rosemary challenged Alexander to admit that he was trying to deflect the question.
Rosemary’s popularity soared, and in 2016, CBC confirmed her as permanent host of Power & Politics. Barton told iPolitics that her passion for truth inspires her firebrand approach. She said:
“I believe in what I am doing and the importance of journalism in a democracy. I have a passion for getting to the truth, and I feel responsible knowing that young women are out there watching.”
“The worst thing you can do as a journalist is to become the story,” Rosemary added. Unfortunately, she became the story when CBC named her as a plaintiff in a civil suit against the Conservative Party of Canada. The suit cast Rosemary into the spotlight as questions about her impartiality started to surface. She faced accusations of being a partisan journalist who was biased against the Conservative Party.
CBC’s early 2020 restructuring of The National involved the dropping of Rosemary as host. However, the broadcaster retained the three other hosts.