TORONTO, April 12, 2018 /CNW/ - For a remarkable broadcast career in which he served as a constant evening fixture in homes across the country, Peter Mansbridge, the longtime anchor of CBC's The National, will receive The Canadian Journalism Foundation's (CJF) Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual CJF Awards on June 14 in Toronto.
"For most of a career that has spanned half a century, he has been a dominant figure in Canadian journalism," says Anthony Wilson-Smith, president and CEO of Historica Canada, who serves as jury chair. "Far more than a newsreader — albeit a very skilled one — he made his bones early as a journalist in the field. Over the years, he also refined his abilities to become a first-rate live interviewer. While his voice is immediately recognizable, the sense in watching his newscasts was that the 'news,' rather than himself, was what mattered most."
Mansbridge wrapped up his five-decade career with the CBC last year, after serving as anchor for 29 years on its flagship news program. He also served as the chief correspondent of CBC News, anchored all CBC News specials and hosted the interview show Mansbridge: One on One.
Mansbridge began his career in 1968 in Fort Churchill, Man., where he helped develop CBC Radio's news service to Northern Canada. His radio career continued in Winnipeg before he joined CBC television as a reporter. He went on to become The National's reporter in Saskatchewan, then a parliamentary correspondent in Ottawa before being appointed chief correspondent and anchor in 1988.
During his award-winning career, he has anchored coverage of major Canadian and international events, including the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and 34 Canada Day celebrations. He covered every federal election since 1972.
Mansbridge joins a distinguished group of CJF Lifetime Achievement Award winners. Past recipients include: Jean Pelletier, Lloyd Robertson, Michel Auger, Peter Bregg, Jack Sigvaldason, Lise Bissonnette, Joe Schlesinger, Sally Armstrong, Knowlton Nash, June Callwood, Trina McQueen, Mark Starowicz, Bernard Derome, Peter Gzowski and Robert Fulford, among others.
The Lifetime Achievement Award jury members are:
Chair – Anthony Wilson-Smith, president and CEO, Historica Canada
Michel Cormier, executive director, news and current affairs, Radio-Canada
Chantal Hébert, political columnist, Toronto Star, le Devoir, l'Actualité, CBC, Radio-Canada
Nalini Stewart, chair, Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund
Jane Taber, vice-president of public affairs, National Public Relations
For tickets, tables or sponsorship opportunities, visit the CJF Awards page.
About The Canadian Journalism Foundation
Established in 1990, The Canadian Journalism Foundation promotes excellence in journalism by celebrating outstanding journalistic achievement. Our signature events include an annual awards program featuring a must-attend industry gala where Canada's top newsmakers meet Canada's top news people. Through J-Talks, our popular speakers' series, we facilitate dialogue among journalists, business people, academics and students about the role of the media in Canadian society and the ongoing challenges for media in the digital era. The foundation also fosters opportunities for journalism education, training and research.
SOURCE Canadian Journalism Foundation
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