TORONTO, April 12 /CNW/ - Award-winning television news anchor, author
and journalist Robert MacNeil, co-creator of the legendary PBS show the
MacNeil/Lehrer Report and recipient of this year's Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF)
Honorary Tribute, will return to PBS NewsHour to host a six-part series on autism beginning April 18. It will be the
first time in 15 years that MacNeil has reported for the show.
The inspiration for the series and MacNeil's involvement was a personal
connection to the issue: MacNeil's six-year-old grandson Nick is
diagnosed with the disease. MacNeil spent the last year researching and
preparing the stories, and travelled across the country with producer
Caren Zucker, herself the mother of an autistic teen, to film the
series. He says it's the first time he's become so personally involved
in a story he's pursued.
"I've been a reporter on and off for 50 years, but I've never brought my
family into a story … until Nick," MacNeil said, "because he moves me
MacNeil will also be honoured at the CJF's 14th Annual Awards Gala on June 7 in Toronto for his 40-year career in
journalism. The gala is the industry's must-attend event, where
Canada's top newsmakers meet Canada's top news people. Over 400 of the
country's business and media luminaries will join together to celebrate
excellence in journalism and honour those who've made significant
contributions to journalism throughout their careers.
Other awards that will be presented at the event include the Excellence in Journalism Award - which will be awarded to winners in two categories: large media and
small media - the Greg Clark Award, the Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award, the Canadian Journalism Fellowships, the Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy and the Martin Wise Goodman Nieman Fellowship.
For more information, visit http://cjfgala.ca or follow #cjfgala.
The Canadian Journalism Foundation thanks the following organizations
for their support of the awards gala: Labatt; Waste Management Canada; Barrick; BMO Financial Group; Sunlife; Thomson Reuters; Medtronic of Canada. Thank you also to the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Le Devoir, CNW
Group and CBC News for their in-kind donations.
About the Canadian Journalism Foundation
The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) is a not-for-profit
organization that promotes excellence in journalism by celebrating
outstanding journalistic achievement through an annual awards program;
by operating journalism websites, J-Source.ca (English) and ProjetJ.ca
(French), in cooperation with the country's leading journalism schools;
and by organizing events that facilitate dialogue among journalists,
business people, politicians, government officials and academics about
the role of the media in Canadian society.
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