Mutsumi Takahashi is co-anchor of CTV Montreal News at 12 and 6 p.m.
She believes strongly in the importance of education and communication. This comes as no surprise to those who know her since both her parents were academics. Takahashi continues to pursue her own learning and to pass it on to others because "passing on information to those who are still learning is really important to me".
Takahashi's interest in electronic media began at Concordia University where she started out as a reader on Radio Sir George (CRSG). By the time she graduated in 1979, she had become the news director. Never one to be satisfied with doing just one job well, Takahashi looked for more challenges. During her time at Concordia she was a reporter for the student newspaper, The Georgian, and hosted a series of interview programs for Concordia University TV (CUTV) in conjunction with CTV Montreal, then known as CFCF 12.
After a brief career in radio, first as an intern at CKGM and then as a newsreader and interviewer at CJFM, Takahashi arrived at CFCF 12 in 1982 as a news reporter. Her investigative acumen and professional style of journalism quickly won her a place at the anchor desk of CFCF News after only four years. A genuine interest in people and facts lead Takahashi to become a regular contributor on CFCF's community-based program, "Park Avenue Metro."
Takahashi shared the 6 p.m. weeknight news anchor desk with RTNDA Lifetime Achievement recipient Bill Haugland, from 1986 until his retirement in November 2006, followed by Brian Britt and then Todd van der Heyden. Currently, she shares the week day anchor desk at noon and at 6 p.m. with Paul Karwatsky.
Born in Shiroishi, Japan, Takahashi studied piano at the Toronto Conservatory of Music at the age of six. She is a graduate of Vanier College and Concordia University, holding both a B.A. and M.B.A, and is a voracious reader, loves to knit and do needlepoint and plays piano for her dogs.