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20 Black Canadian journalists to celebrate this month (and every month!)

For Black History Month, we compiled a list of reporters who’ve made significant contributions to Canadian journalism. While many are well-known, others are doing substantial work that must be recognized. If there’s a journalist we missed, please contact us and we’ll add him or her to the list.
By Eternity Marits

20 Black Canadian journalists to celebrate this month (and every month!)

  • Former editor at the now-defunct Contrast, one of the first Black newspapers in Toronto.
  • Former editor at Spirit, another paper targeting the Black community.
  • Founded Share, a weekly newspaper dedicated to the Black and Caribbean communities of Toronto.
  • Reporter at CTV News and a go-to arts and entertainment reporter.
  • Has interviewed celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
  • Former producer and host for One O’clock Live, a program that aired on CFPL-TV in London, ON. Also a reporter and camera operator for CHWI-TV News in Windsor and CFPL-TV in London, ON.
  • Sports reporter at the Toronto Star who writes about the intersection of sports and social issues.
  • Senior assignment producer for CBC Toronto covering various issues including housing, immigration and urban poverty.
  • She has reported from Ottawa, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nunavut.
  • Founder of Vision TV, the world’s first and only multi-faith television network.
  • Former director of news and current affairs at the world’s first Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) until 2005.
  • Co-host of CBC Toronto News.
  • Former anchor at City TV’sCityNews at Noon.
  • Recipient of the Men of Excellence Award, the Distinguished Men of Honour Award and the African Canadian Achievement Award for Excellence in Media.
  • CP24 anchor and co-host of Breakfast Weekend.
  • Former weather broadcaster at The Weather Network.
  • Started his broadcasting career with Foster Hewitt’s radio station CKFH, in 1951.
  • Was a sports director at various radio stations in Timmins and Barrie, Ontario
  • Journalist in the CFCF news department in Montreal, Quebec in the fifties.
  • Founder and publisher of the Regina Weekly Mirror.
  • Co-anchor for CBC Edmonton’s evening hour news and public affairs program in the early ’70s.
  • Between 1989 and 1992, Fraser served a three-year term as chief commissioner of the Alberta Human Rights Commission.
  • Former president and CEO of Vision TV from 1995 to 2000.
  • Award-winning host of Metro Morning on CBC Radio One, the top rated morning radio program in Toronto.
  • Galloway has also anchored CBC Radio’s coverage of the 2008 Summer Olympics live from Beijing, the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, the 2014 Winter Olympics live from Sochi and the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
  • Former reporter at Contrast.
  • Former investigative reporter for the Toronto Sun covering immigration, crime and security for 30 years.
  • Current contributor for Metro, NOWMagazine, Share and the Etobicoke Guardian.
  • Winner of a Toronto Police Service Award, Professional Fire Fighters Association Award and four Edward Dunlop Awards for outstanding journalism.

20 Black Canadian journalists to celebrate this month (and every month!)

  • Currently president and co-founder of DiversiPro Inc., a diversity training, coaching and consulting company that helps media networks and other organizations overcome the challenges of creating a culturally-diverse workforce.
  • Former reporter, assignment editor, host and anchor at various news outlets including Global, CBC, CBOT and CBLT and covered various issues including breaking news and current and municipal affairs.
  • Hosted two current affairs programs: CBC’s Workweek and More to the Story.
  • Former reporter at the Toronto Star.
  • Former managing editor at Contrast.
  • Co-host of CBC News Ottawa.
  • Guest host on national CBC programs such as As it Happens, Sounds Like Canada and The Current. Former host of All In A Day on CBC Radio One in Ottawa.
  • Toronto Star business reporter.
  • Infantry has covered crime, courts and city hall and worked as an assignment editor and music critic since joining the Star in 1995.
  • Award-winning municipal affairs columnist for the Toronto Star .
  • Reporter at ESPN since 1986
  • Former host at ABC, hosting NCAA basketball telecasts as well as NHL action.
  • Former editor of Contrast
  • In 1991, she founded her own independent semi-monthly newspaper, Dawn, known as the “multicultural newspaper.”
  • Associate producer and writer for CityNews.
  • Recently joined as host of Breakfast Television.
  • Former anchor at AM640 Toronto.
  • Host of CBC Windsor News.
  • Her breaking news coverage includes reporting on the bankruptcy filing for the city of Detroit, the train derailment in Lac-Mégantic and the Alberta flood.
  • Co-produced and hosted the first-ever special program on CBC called Being Black in Canada.
  • Features writer at the Toronto Star and former justice reporter.
  • Host of CBC World Report and The World at Six.
  • Former CBC host of Canada at Five.
  • Former anchor at City TV.

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About the author

Eternity Martis is the Spring 2016 multimedia editor at the RRJ. She currently writes for the Huffington Post and Vice Canada. Her work has also been featured on Canadaland, xoJane, and Salon.

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