Avery Hayward Haines (born November 28, 1966) is a Canadian television journalist, and currently an investigative journalist with the CTV newsmagazine series W5.
Born in New Mexico, United States, Haines and her family then moved to India where they lived for six years before returning to North America. Her career as a reporter began with CFRB radio in Toronto. In late 1999, she began to work as a fill-in anchor for CTV Newsnet.
On 15 January 2000, working a shift for the news channel, Haines made a mistake with a line while taping a report introduction. After regaining her composure, she joked:
However, the camera was still on. Haines retaped the segment, but later that day, a CTV technician mistakenly aired the tape that included the error and the comment. On 17 January, Haines was fired from CTV Newsnet after her comments sparked controversy. The unnamed technician was suspended.
Haines was soon hired by Citytv Toronto as a health reporter with CityNews. In fall 2001, she began hosting Health On the Line, which aired on Life Network and Discovery Health for five seasons.
On 15 September 2010, Haines returned to Citytv as a senior reporter and anchor. Haines wrote and hosted the Inside Story on Citytv beginning on 26 January 2012.
In 2016, Haines began to produce and shoot her own documentaries. Whilst volunteering on a medical humanitarian mission to post-Ebola Liberia, she produced a documentary highlighting the plight of chimpanzees that were abandoned following years of experimentation by a U.S. research laboratory. Haines also interviewed the former Warlord Charles G. Taylor's wife and current Vice-President of Liberia, Jewel Howard Taylor producing a documentary called My Penpal: The Warlord's Wife. The following year, during the final offensive against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) in West Mosul, Haines was embedded with the Iraqi Special Forces in an abandoned mosque that had previously served as an ISIS headquarters. Her documentary, Two Kilometres to Terror: Life and Death Under ISIS, has received high critical acclaim.
On 12 October 2017, during the 5 PM newscast, CityNews and Avery announced she would be leaving the organization. Later that same day, CTV announced on social media that Haines had accepted a job as a co-host and correspondent on its news magazine, W5.
Haines is the sister of Emily Haines, lead singer of the band Metric. Both Avery and Emily are daughters of the late Paul Haines, noted poet and librettist of 'Escalator over the Hill' that was co-written with Carla Bley.
Haines came out as being in a same-sex relationship following the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting, which occurred eight weeks and one day after she married her partner, Mel.
In 2002 and 2005, Haines' television programme 'Health On the Line' won Gemini Awards for Best Talk Series. In 2005, she was personally nominated for a Gemini in a hosting/interviewer category. In 2013, Haines' Inside Story was awarded the Media Award by the Tema Conter Memorial Trust, 'Best In-depth Television Reporting' by The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) and the Canadian Medical Association Media Award a Special Mention 'Excellence in Health Reporting for the Inside Story: 'Dystonia'. In 2014, the Inside Story was nominated for three Canadian Screen Awards including Best Local Reportage and Best News Information Segment. In 2015, she received another Canadian Screen Awards nomination for Best Local Reportage for 'When the Blue Line Flatlines'. In 2018, Haines was nominated for two RTDNAs for documentaries shot by herself in Liberia and Iraq: 'My Penpal: The Warlord's Wife' and 'Two Kilometres to Terror: Life and Death Under ISIS'. The latter documentary, filmed by Haines when she was embedded with the Iraqi Special Forces in West Mosul, went on to be awarded the RTDNA Dave Rogers Award for Long Feature (Large Market).