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Avis Favaro

Medical Specialist, CTV National News

Avis Favaro is CTV's medical specialist

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".

Avis is Canada’s longest serving television Medical/Health Correspondent having started this beat for CTV News in 1992.

Since then she has reported on health issues ranging from medical errors and novel cancer therapies, to experimental treatments for Multiple Sclerosis. 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 a mysterious rash of teen suicides in Sarnia, Ont.

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 Western University in London, Ont., where she obtained a Masters Degree in Arts – in Journalism.

 

Television Experience and Career Highlights:

  • Registered Nurses Association of Ontario Awards for Health Reporting – A city’s Pain, 2013
  • RTNDA 2012 Award for “REACH FOR THE TOP” – W5’s feature report on the inspiring journey of double amputee Spencer West as he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro
  • 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”, 1993

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”