Canadian News Hall of Fame

October 16, 2014 13:33 ET

News Hall of Fame Honours Honderich and Oliver

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 16, 2014) -

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CTV'S chief political correspondent Craig Oliver and Torstar board chair John Honderich were inducted into the Canadian News Hall of Fame in a gala banquet on October 15th at the Rosewater Room in Toronto Ontario.



Craig Oliver is the chief political correspondent for CTV News and a veteran newsman with 57 years of broadcast experience, covering news across Canada and around the world. From his first days at CBC radio in Prince Rupert, B.C. at the age of 18, to Parliament Hill and the White House, he has done it all.

Beginning with John Diefenbaker, to Pierre Trudeau's ground breaking trip to China, to Stephen Harper, Craig has reported on ten prime ministers. And as co-host on five-election night broadcasts with his friend Lloyd Robertson, he has worked on every federal election since 1957.

He has twice been awarded honourary doctorates from Canadian universities. Two years ago Craig was installed as an Officer of the Order of Canada. He is partially sighted and serves as honourary chair of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.

"I feel privileged to get an award like this, but I feel privileged to get any award. The wonderful thing is it reminds me of the hundreds of wonderful reporters I've worked with over the years, so diligent, so hard working who have retired without any fanfare, so in a sense this is for all of them," Craig Oliver said.


John Honderich began his newspaper career with the Ottawa Citizen in 1973. He joined the Toronto Star in 1976 as a reporter and later became chief of the Star's Ottawa Bureau and then chief of the Washington Bureau. After a stint as Deputy City Editor, John was appointed Business Editor in May 1984, a position he held until he took a leave of absence in 1986.

During his leave, he undertook postgraduate studies in economics and international trade at the London School of Economics. While in London, he wrote Arctic Imperative, which outlined the serious threats to Canada's North (Published in 1987 by the University of Toronto Press). Upon his return to Canada, John became Editor of the Star and then Editorial Page Editor. In 1994, he was appointed Publisher, a position he held until his retirement in 2004. In May 2009, he was appointed Chair of the Board of Torstar Corporation. Mr. Honderich has also served as Chairman of Canadian Press, as a Canadian Director of the World Association of Newspapers, and as a director of the Canadian Newspaper Association, the Audit Bureau of Circulations and He is also on the boards of the Atkinson Fellowship, the Michener Fellowship, the Martin Goodman Fellowship, the Toronto Public Library, and Seneca College. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2004, and a Member of the Order of Ontario in 2006. John was born in Toronto and attended Lawrence Park Collegiate and the University of Toronto where he earned degrees in Political Science and Economics and Laws. He also received honourary degrees from Victoria University and Ryerson University.

"I want to thank you all for this honour tonight it is not really something that any of us look to but it is really quite a humbling experience to be inducted into the hall of fame. I want to thank you for your vote of confidence and when I look down the list and I see all those great names and people who have been I feel very honoured to be a part of this," said John Honderich.


The Canadian News Hall of Fame was founded by the Toronto Press and Media Club in 1965 as a national program to honour individuals of excellence in journalism in Canada. Today more than 100 men and women who have made a significant contribution to journalism in this country have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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Contact Information

  • Ian Connerty
    Chair Canadian News Hall of Fame Committee
    647 289 0839