TORONTO, June 7, 2013 /CNW/ - A legendary Toronto Star photographer and an editor-publisher who helped The Sun shine across Canada have been named to the Canadian News Hall of Fame for 2013.
Boris Spremo and Les Pyette will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at a gala banquet in Toronto in October.
Born in the former Yugoslavia, Spremo came to Canada in 1957, joined The Globe and Mail in 1962, moved to The Star in 1966 and retired in 2000.
He won 285 national and international awards as a photojournalist, including four National Newspaper Awards, and received the Order of Canada in 1997.
Over 37 years, his assignments took him around the globe covering wars, famine, politics and celebrities, photographing several Canadian prime ministers, US and European presidents, and such notables as Elizabeth Taylor to Oprah Winfrey, the Beatles to Bruce Springsteen, and Muhammed Ali to Elvis Stojko.
His books and photos helped capture the history of Toronto, Canada and the world. He lives in Toronto with his wife, and has four grown daughters and several grandchildren.
Les Pyette spent 41 years in the news business in Canada. Born in Sault Ste. Marie, he was a sports writer with the Sault Daily Star from 1963 to 1967, and later city editor of the Toronto Sun, founding editor-in-chief of the Calgary Sun, executive editor Toronto Sun, general manager Calgary Sun, publisher and CEO of the Calgary Sun, the London Free Press and the Toronto Sun, and vice- president of Sun Media before he retired in 2003.
He returned to the news business as publisher and CEO of the National Post in 2004-2005.
Pyette now lives in London, Ont.
The Canadian News Hall of Fame was founded by the Toronto Press Club in 1965 and honors more than 100 men and women who contributed significantly to journalism in Canada.
SOURCE: Canadian News Hall of Fame
For further information:
Chair Canadian News Hall of Fame Committee
Toronto Press and Media Club
Tel: 647 289 0839