As CTV's Medical/Health Correspondent, Avis Favaro is always looking for health information that can make a difference in the lives of Canadians. In fact, she jokingly refers to herself as the "network hypochondriac".
Favaro joined the CTV news team in 1992 and since then has reported on health issues ranging from medical errors and novel cancer therapies, to experimental treatments for Multiple Sclerosis. Her goal is to find and report on stories that matter to Canadians. Favaro was the recipient of a Gemini Award in 1997, and nominated 13 times. Most recently, Favaro along with medical producer Elizabeth St. Philip have won prizes with stories that profiled poverty among Canadian seniors. They have also been recognized by the Canadian Medical Association, the Canadian Nurses Association, and the Ontario Registered Nurses Association for excellence in health reporting. Their work has also received awards from the RTDNA. Favaro was recently given an honourary membership to the Federation of Medical Women of Canada.
Favaro is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, where she obtained a Masters Degree in Arts – in Journalism.
Television Experience and Career Highlights:
- Registered Nurses Association of Ontario Awards for Health Care reporting – “Seniors Poverty Lottery”, 2012
- Federation of medical Women – Honorary Member, 2011
- Registered Nurses Association of Ontario Awards for Health Care Reporting –“Blood Cells from Skin”, 2010
- Canadian Medical Association and Canadian Nurses Association annual media awards – “BPA in Cans” and W5 “Depression”, 2009
- RTNDA AWARD – David Rogers Award Short Feature - “Carly’s Story”, 2008
- Gold Medal, New York Film and TV Festival for documentary on experimental bone marrow treatment for Multiple Sclerosis, 2005
- Bronze World Medal, New York Festivals “Cancer Doctors”, 2001
- International Health and Medical Media Award, “Ethics in Medical Research”, 2000
- Bronze World Medal, Best News Correspondent, New York Festivals, 1999
- Canadian Association of Journalists, Investigative Award, "Whistleblower Doctor", 1998
- Dan McArthur Award, RTNDA, “Seniors Sex”