Dawna Friesen, the anchor of Global National, can fill pages with her work experience if she is ever required to prepare a resume. With 30-years long career in journalism, Dawna has 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 Dawna. So today, we'll be discussing the personal and professional experience of Dawna Friesen in the article below!

Dawna's Ex-Husband And Son 

Dawna, 54, was married to Canadian television journalist Tom Kennedy, who is 12 years older than her. The marriage was first for Dawna whereas Tom was previously married to French-Canadian wife, Sylvie Goulet.

Tom even has two children from his previous marriage and one child named Lucas from his marriage to Dawna. She was 40 years old when she had her son Lucas.

Dawna and Tom are now separated, although the details about their wedding or divorce have not been disclosed in the media. After the divorce, it seems that Dawna is busy nurturing her son Lucas and is well and truly focused on her career.

Dawna is currently assumed to be single as she has not been linked to anyone romantically. But, the fact is, she's a private person and likes to keep her affairs confidential.

Hence, Dawna possibly might be dating someone or might have even got engaged, but unless she comes forward to disclose her relationships, the claims of her dating are just mere speculation.

From potato peeler to Global news anchor

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

Dawna's father was a farmer, and her mother was active in local politics. She 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, later promoted to dish-cleaner and waitress. 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.

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

Dawna was appointed as the anchor and executive editor of Global National late in 2010. She is the first full-time female news anchor for any news network in Canada and receives a massive salary of about $3,00,000.

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