For more than 25 years, Sandie Rinaldo has been the weekend anchor for CTV NATIONAL NEWS, Canada’s most-watched national newscast. In 2009, Rinaldo took on anchor duties at CTV News Channel and in 2011 the program was renamed DIRECT. In addition to her role behind the desk, Rinaldo heads into the field to report stories for CTV’s investigative news program, W5.
Rinaldo continues to bring Canadians through the major news events making headlines at home and around the world, focusing on the angles that are most important to Canadians. On CTV News Channel’s DIRECT, she hosts regular discussions with panels that cover a wide range of topics and diverse viewpoints.
Over the years, Rinaldo has received national recognition for her news stories, earning numerous prestigious nominations and awards, including the Canadian Veterinary Award 2005 for "Never Give Up"; Canadian Association of Journalism Award in 2001 for Best Overall Newscast (shared with Lloyd Roberson); RTNDA Award for Best Newscast in 2001 for "Egypt Air"; RTNDA Award for Best Newscast in 2000 (shared with Lloyd Robertson) for "Ice Storm"; the RTNDA Award for Best Newscast in 1999 for "Swiss Air Crash”; Gemini nominations for Best Newscast in 2003/2002/2001 ("Bali Attack/ Sept 11 Aftermath/Egypt Air"); and a Gemini Nomination for Best Newscaster in 2000.
In 1980, Rinaldo joined a slowly expanding circle of women in the profession, and was promoted to News Anchor of CANADAAM, earning distinction for becoming the first woman in Canadian history to anchor a daily network newscast. In 1977, Rinaldo was appointed Reporter-at-Large for CANADAAM, a position that saw her regularly travelling everywhere from Vancouver to Cape Breton to the Middle East. Rinaldo joined CANADAAM in 1976 as a story producer specializing in federal and provincial politics.
Rinaldo joined CTV in 1973 one week after graduating from York University where she earned an Honours B.A. in Fine Arts. In that first year, Rinaldo jumped from Junior Secretary to Production Secretary to Production Manager, and then became a researcher for W5. In 1975, Rinaldo went to New York City with the W5 team to produce The Bankruptcy of New York, which won a journalism award.
- Canadian Veterinary Award 2005 "Never Give Up"
- Gemini Nomination - Best Newscast 2003/2002/2001 ("Bali Attack/ Sept 11 Aftermath/Egypt Air")
- Best Overall Newscast (shared with Lloyd Roberson) Canadian Association of Journalism Award, 2001
- RTNDA Award - Best Newscast 2001 "Egypt Air"
- Gemini Nomination - Best Newscaster 2000
- RTNDA Award - Best Newscast 2000 (shared with Lloyd Robertson) "Ice Storm"
- RTNDA Award- Best Newscast 1999 "Swiss Air Crash"
- World Medal, Profile of Celine Dion, 1997 International Film & TV Festival of New York
- Silver Medal, Best Coverage of an Ongoing News Story, 1991 International Film & TV Festival of New York
- Finalist Certificate, Best News Anchor, 1991 International Film & TV Festival of New York
- Bronze Medal, Best News Anchor, 1990 International Film & TV Festival of New York
- Silver Medal, Best Analysis of a Single Current News Story, 1990 Houston International Film Festival
- Received the 1990 American Film & Video Award for work producing a medical video entitled, Childbirth From Inside-Out.
- Portraits and W5 Profiles Portfolio: exclusive interviews with Margaret Trudeau Kemper in her home with her family; Alex Trebek at home in Los Angeles; and the late John Candy shortly before his death