Steve Paikin (born June 9, 1960) is a Canadian journalist, author, and documentary producer at TVOntario (TVO). He is currently anchor and senior editor of TVO's flagship current affairs program The Agenda with Steve Paikin, and previously hosted TVO's Studio 2 and Diplomatic Immunity.
A native of Hamilton, Ontario, Paikin received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto (Victoria University, Toronto 1981) and his Master's degree in broadcast journalism from Boston University. In 2011 he also received an honorary doctorate from the Senate of Victoria University, Toronto.
Paikin was previously an anchor and Queen's Park correspondent for CBLT, and host of a daily news and current affairs program on CBC Newsworld. He also held reporting jobs in private radio and print media, including the Hamilton Spectator and CHFI in Toronto.
In 1992 Paikin began work at TVO, hosting the political series Between the Lines until 1994. He also co-created the Queen's Park magazine Fourth Reading, which he hosted for 14 years. In 1992, Paikin began co-hosting duties (with Mary Hynes, and then Paula Todd) on Studio 2. In 1998 he began hosting Diplomatic Immunity, a foreign affairs commentary show.
During the 2006 Canadian election campaign, Paikin moderated the second English-language debate on January 9, 2006. He also moderated the debate for the Ontario Election on September 20, 2007. He was selected as the moderator of the English language leaders' debate for the 2008 Canadian federal election and for the 2011 Ontario election on September 27, 2011.
On June 29, 2006 TVO cancelled Studio 2. It has been replaced by a new show, The Agenda with Steve Paikin, hosted solo by Paikin, which started in September 2006.
Aside from his hosting and journalistic endeavors, Paikin has produced a number of feature length documentaries: Return to the Warsaw Ghetto, A Main Street Man, Balkan Madness, Teachers, Tories and Turmoil and Chairman of the Board: The Life and Death of John Robarts. For 1993's Return to the Warsaw Ghetto, Paikin won the "Silver Screen Award" at the U.S. International Film and Video Festival, as well as receiving awards at the Yorkton Film Festival in Saskatchewan and at China s Shanghai Film Festival.
Paikin has written three books about Canadian politics.
He is married to Canadian health care consultant and author ("Navigating Canada's Health Care System"), Francesca Grosso.
He was the host of the 2011 Canadian Election's Leaders' Debate (English debate) on Tuesday April 12, 2011.
In February 2012, Paikin was named the Queen's Park journalist with the most Twitter influence in a study conducted by PR agency Hill+Knowlton Strategies.