- Veteran journalist and Chief Political Correspondent for CTV News
saluted for lifetime of outstanding achievement and service to the
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TORONTO, June 29, 2012 /CNW/ - CTV News congratulates Craig Oliver on
being named to the Order of Canada today. The Order of Canada is one of
Canada's highest civilian honours and recognizes a lifetime of
outstanding achievement and service to the nation.
"On behalf of everyone from CTV News, I'd like to congratulate Craig
Oliver on this tremendous honour," said Wendy Freeman, President, CTV
News. "Craig has done so much for the CTV News division and for so many
Canadians outside of our news family. He has continually demonstrated
excellence in his work, while serving as a mentor for young journalists
and selflessly giving his time to philanthropic causes. He has covered
and reported on the major political events and newsmakers of many
generations with passion and hard work, for the benefit of all
Canadians. We at CTV News are thrilled to see Craig saluted for his
lifetime of outstanding achievement and contributions to the country."
Oliver, who is legally blind, celebrated his 70th birthday by hosting a fundraiser for the Ottawa Eye Institute raising
more than $100,000. For decades he has worked tirelessly to support the
visually impaired community. His work includes sharing his expertise
with various services including the CNIB and the Ottawa Eye institute.
Every newshound interested in the intricacies of Canadian politics has
at one time tuned in to hear the reports of Craig Oliver. His
remarkable 56-year career has taken him across the country and around
the globe to cover Canadian, U.S. and world news. During his 15-year
tenure as host of Canada's landmark political program, QUESTION PERIOD,
his unique style of interviewing Canadian newsmakers and members of
government have made him one of the country's most respected and
recognized journalists. He has reported on the major political figures
and news stories of our times with passion, insight and bracing
In 2011, Oliver published Oliver's Twist: The Life and Times of an Unapologetic Newshound. His many-layered memoir recounts an extraordinary professional and
personal life, where a chance summer job with the local CBC station
launched his broadcasting career, taking Oliver from Prince Rupert,
B.C. to Ottawa, Washington, Central America and reporting from capitals
around the world.
The depth of Oliver's experience is evident in the many awards he has
been given by his peers over his career. He has known and covered 10
Canadian Prime Ministers and been involved in every Canadian federal
election campaign since 1957 when he chased John Diefenbaker down the
streets of Prince Rupert. During his time as CTV Washington bureau
chief, Oliver reported on the Ronald Reagan years, covered U.S.
election campaigns and the Reagan-Gorbachev summits that ended the cold
From his first days in the radio booth at CBC Radio in Prince Rupert,
B.C. at the tender age of 18, to corridors of Parliament Hill, Oliver
has covered it all. He got his start in broadcasting at CBC Radio in
1957, cutting his teeth covering news from the Prairies. He moved up
the ranks and across the country from Prince Rupert to Regina to
Winnipeg and finally landing in Toronto as the Executive Producer of
Regional News for CBC.
Oliver took his first assignment with CTV in 1972. He served as Ottawa
bureau chief for a span of almost 20 years, was CTV's correspondent in
Washington from 1979 - 88, held the post of Director of News and
Current Affairs from 1973 - 76, and produced Canada AM's inaugural live
broadcasts in 1973.
Craig Oliver was born in Vancouver, B.C. and spent his teen years living
in Prince Rupert, B.C. Oliver studied English and history at the
University of Regina, then called Regina College and at the University
of Winnipeg. In June 2009, the University of Regina presented Oliver
with an honorary doctorate of laws. Oliver is on the advisory board of Royal Roads University in Victoria, B.C.
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CTV is Canada's most-watched television network and lead broadcaster of
the London 2012 Olympic Games. CTV is a division of Bell Media,
Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television,
radio and digital. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE),
Canada's largest communications company. More information about CTV can
be found on the network's website at www.ctv.ca.
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