Dawna Friesen, the anchor of Global National with Dawna Friesen, is a veteran journalist with over a 30-years long career in journalism. Over the years as an experienced journalist, she has also traveled around the world, covering significant issues.

For her journey from a waitress to the host of a national news program, the Award-winning journalist has no one to credit for her success other than her commitment to news reporting.

But, outside work, decidedly fewer facts are known about the life of Friesen. Here, we'll be discussing her personal and professional experience!

Friesen Is Married to a Political Strategist Rick Anderson

The former foreign correspondent for NBC News relishes her married life with her husband Rick Anderson, a Canadian political strategist. FYI, Anderson is Friesen's second husband.

The two got married on July 28, 2018, in Vancouver, Canada, i.e., after Friesen got divorced from her first husband, Tom Kennedy.

Dawna Friesen and her husband Rick Anderson on their wedding day.

Dawna Friesen and her husband Rick Anderson on their wedding day. (Photo: Hill Times)

Both Friesen and Anderson manage a very private life, despite being married. And that hinders people from know about their personal life. 

Friesen's Marriage with Tom Kennedy Ended in Divorce

Friesen, 56, was married to Canadian television journalist Tom Kennedy, who is 12 years older than her.

The marriage was first for Friesen, whereas Kennedy was previously married to French-Canadian wife Sylvie Goulet. Kennedy even had two children from his previous marriage.

Together, Friesen and Kennedy also gave birth to a son named Lucas. The anchor of Global National with Dawna Friesen was 40-year-old when she had her son Lucas.

Presently, Friesen and Kennedy are separated, and the details about their wedding and divorce remain very least known in the media.

She Is Raising Her Son 

Even after separating from Kennedy, Friesen continuous to raise her son Lucas and provides a good upbringing.

Despite keeping her personal life with her now-husband Anderson private, the anchor is quite open about her son in public. She often mentions her son on her Twitter handle and posts his pictures, too.

In one instance, she had posted her son Lucas's photo on Twitter on October 26, 2015. In the picture, Lucas was snapped with a "giant pumpkin," as he sat on the trunk of the car.

Likewise, on April 7, 2018, she mentioned her son, writing, "As I watch my teenage son play soccer today, my heart is on the prairies, with all the parents who will never watch their sons play a game again."

Going by those details, it is evident that Friesen is very close to her son, and she proves to be a good mother time and again with her love and care for him.

From Potato Peeler to Global News Anchor

Canadian native Dawna Friesen, born on October 8, 1964, graduated from Red River College with a degree in Communications and Journalism.

Friesen's father was a farmer, and her mother was active in local politics. She also has a sister in her family, Julie Friesen, who serves as the Deputy Commissioner for New York City's Administration for Children's Services.

Prior to journalism, she worked as a potato peeler and was later promoted to dish-cleaner and waitress.

After that, she started her career in journalism in 1985 and has been working as a journalist ever since.   

In 1985, she started reading the news at Hybrid Television and radio station in Brandon, Manitoba. She further worked in other stations at Thunder Bay, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary, Vancouver, and Toronto.

Friesen's big break came in 1999 after she was chosen as the Foreign Correspondent of NBC.

She covered a number of breaking news during her stay at NBC, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the kidnap and murder incident of journalist Daniel Pearl in Pakistan, the downfall of Serbia's Slobodan Milosevic, the Al Qaeda train bombing in Spain, the Presidential Campaign of Barack Obama and few more.

Friesen was appointed as the anchor and executive editor of Global National with Dawna Friesen in late 2010. She is the first full-time female news anchor for any news network in Canada.

Because of that, she reportedly earns a massive salary of about $300,000.

Aside from her contribution in the field of journalism, Friesen has been involved in raising awareness about dementia after both of her parents developed the disease. She was also featured in a 16×9 program about dementia.