As most Ottawans begin their commute home, Matthew Skube is just getting down to work.

The night news anchor at CTV News Ottawa is responsible for everything from weather to traffic reports, and hosting two evening shows.

A self-proclaimed “Ottawa implant,” Skube hails from Thunder Bay, ON. But his passion for broadcasting didn’t start until he attended St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia.

That passion turned into a position when he was hired as CTV Ottawa’s weekend weather anchor in 2013. He has climbed the ranks since, and despite the unconventional hours, he says he loves his job.

Bouncing between his desk, makeup and meetings with producers, Skube is constantly in motion during a shift at the station on the Byward Market.

His day ends when the news at 11:30 p.m. wraps. The he goes home to rest up before doing it all again the next day. His colleagues joke that he sleeps in his trademark crisp grey suit.

Matthew Skube walking past welcome sign in CTV Ottawa’s station.
Matthew Skube begins work at 4 p.m. He is the late-night anchor at the CTV News Ottawa station. [Photo © Shaked Karabelnicoff]
Skube and colleagues eyeing two computer screens.
Before his pre-tape, Skube finishes last minute preparations with colleagues, and reads through his script. [Photo © Shaked Karabelnicoff]
CTV’s makeup director finishes off Skube’s makeup before the pre-tapping.
Getting polished up for the viewers. [Photo © Shaked Karabelnicoff]
Skube checks his phone for the latest updates on traffic and weather just before going on air. He is responsible for the news at 5 p.m. and again at 11:30 p.m. [Photo © Shaked Karabelnicoff]
Three large television screens are mounted above the staff to keep them up to date.
It’s never a dull moment in the CTV OTtawa newsroom. Three large screens keep producers and journalists up to date with the latest trends. [Photo © Shaked Karabelnicoff]
Skube holding a pen as he sends a last text message before recording.
Contrary to what viewers see, Skube has time between reports to send a quick text home to his wife and newborn child. [Photo © Taylor Clark]

As a new dad, Skube says his hours have worked out surprisingly well. Unlike most working parents, he gets to spend time with his son during the day.

““It is a little difficult not being around for bedtime, but the trade-off is that I get to spend a lot more time with the baby and my wife than another other dad that works regular hours,” he explains.

Glimpse of the two hosts between two cameras.
Radio and TV personality, Evan Solomon, joins Skube to discuss the on-going federal election. [Photo © Taylor Clark]
Skube and Solomon depicted on a screen as the teleprompter reads off their lines.
Skube keeps his scripts with him during the show. He reads off a teleprompter, but hopes he presents the news as naturally as possible. [Photo © Taylor Clark]\

Skube says the key to appearing natural on television is to talk normally. Though he notes that he has always had a smooth, articulate ‘anchor voice,’ which comes in handy on this job.

Staff member looks off to Skube and Soloman on set.
On television, the studio looks larger and more spacious than in reality. Since the cameras no longer need operators, the anchors have more room to move around. [Photo © Shaked Karabelnicoff]
A screen depicts various camera feeds.
Behind the scenes, the production team works quickly to move the show forward. They transition between various camera angles, locations, and stories. [Photo © Taylor Clark]
Skube’s producer in front of computer screens directing and monitoring the show.
Stephanie Ha, Skube’s producer, monitors the show from the control room. She communicates with Skube through a earpiece. [Photo © Shaked Karabelnicoff]
A pair of headphones sit next to a keyboard on a desk.
After the 11:30 p.m. news, Skube ties up loose ends and puts his headphones down for the night. Tomorrow he’ll be back to start the same rotation anew. [Photo © Taylor Clark]