Leslie was born and raised in Montreal and spent most of his over 30 year broadcast career in Montreal radio and television, including at “CTV Montreal”, formally “CFCF”, hosting his own morning TV talk show “Montreal Today with Leslie Roberts” .
After a stint as News Director and Senior Anchor of “Global Montreal”, Leslie accepted a position as “anchor & executive editor” of “Global News” in Toronto, as well as co-host of “The Morning Show’ on the Global Television Network.
During his 15 years in Toronto, Leslie also hosted a midday radio talk show on “Newstalk 1010”, and penned the weekly column “The 5 Things I Learned This Week” for The National Post newspaper.
Leslie was honoured with several journalism awards including “Best Newscast” and was twice nominated “Canada’s Best News Anchor”. Aside from Montreal and Toronto, Leslie also spent 3 years in New York as a correspondent for “A Current Affair”, and anchor/reporter for “FOX 5”.
Leslie Roberts is a 4th generation journalist, and 3rd member of the Montreal’s Roberts media family to join Montreal’s “Newstalk Radio Station CJAD 800”.
His Father Bill was CJAD 800’s morning man twice: In the 1950’s & 60’s, and again in the late 70s.
His namesake and Grandfather Leslie Sr. served as daily editorialist for over a decade up, until the Quebec referendum in 1980, described as “Canada’s most controversial writer” expressing his observation on politics on both “CJAD 800” and sister station “CFRB” in Toronto.
Leslie’s Great Grandfather John H. Roberts was founder of the reformist newspaper “The Axe”, (1922-24) known as the voice of the people”, often criticizing the government of the day.