Kapelos, who describes herself as “politics-obsessed,” joins the public broadcaster from Global News, where she most recently served as Ottawa bureau chief and host of the network’s program The West Block.

Prior to working as a parliamentary correspondent in Ottawa, Kapelos covered provincial politics, including in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

“I’m thrilled for the opportunity to join this show and work with a group of really talented people who are as politics-obsessed as me,” Kapelos said in a statement Thursday.

“I honestly grew up wanting to be the host of a daily political talk show — I admittedly wasn’t the coolest kid — and I am beyond excited that it’s happening at CBC.”

Kapelos, originally from Toronto, has won several awards for her work, including a Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) honour in 2013 for an in-depth examination of Alberta’s emergency response system.

Kapelos will officially begin as host of Power & Politics in March.

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