Aarti Pole is currently a host with CBC News Network, reporting breaking stories as they happen to a national audience 5 days a week. Prior to this position in Toronto, she was the Washington Correspondent for Global National. One of the first female Indo-Canadian television correspondents based out of the U.S. capital. During her two year stint in DC she covered the 2016 US presidential race, international news and politics. She moved into the DC bureau in September 2014.
In her two years working in Washington, Aarti reported on the launch of Hillary Clinton's campaign, and Donald Trump's run for president. She regularly covered news developments in the US presidential race, including Super Tuesday and the primary races. In addition to US politics, Aarti was in Orlando to report on the worst terror attack on US soil since 9/11, when a shooter killed 49 people in a nightclub. She also covered Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s state visit with US President Barack Obama, the first visit for a Canadian leader in nearly 20 years. Working in the DC bureau, Aarti traveled to Baltimore to cover rioting, following the death of Freddie Gray, and to Mexico for coverage of Hurricane Patricia in 2015.
Prior to working in Washington, Aarti was the Breaking News Host with CBC News Network. There she delivered breaking and developing live reports on Canada's public broadcaster, a role she resumed in 2016.
Aarti was previously a reporter with CBC News Toronto and The National, covering a wide variety of stories, including international news, and local political developments such as the election of Kathleen Wynne as Ontario’s premier, and former Toronto mayor Rob Ford’s crack scandal. She joined the Toronto team from B.C. where she worked at CBC Vancouver as an anchor and reporter, launching Vancouver's weekend TV newscast in 2011, and then CBC Radio's weekend newscasts in 2012.
In B.C. Aarti was part of CBC's award winning coverage of the Stanley Cup Riots in June 2011. She also brought Canadian viewers coverage from forest fires and reported live from BC ridings during the federal election. Before moving to Vancouver, Aarti was a reporter and anchor for CBC News Winnipeg. She also worked as a Video Journalist, shooting and editing her stories for The National. For CBC Winnipeg, Aarti covered a variety of stories from natural disasters to politics, the Royal Visit in 2010 and traveled to Vancouver to cover the 2010 Olympic Games.
Aarti started her career in Terrace, B.C. as a video journalist, anchor and radio reporter, after graduating from Ryerson University's Journalism program. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations from the University of British Columbia. Aarti was the recipient of CBC's Diversity Scholarship in 2007.