Journalist Kevin Newman joining CTV's Question Period
CTV.ca News Staff
Published Thursday, July 7, 2011 6:16PM EDT
One of Canada's most respected news anchors, Kevin Newman, is joining Canada's landmark political show, CTV's Question Period.
He will co-host the weekly program alongside CTV's Chief Political Correspondent Craig Oliver, who Newman described as a longtime friend, colleague and mentor.
Every Sunday, Newman will have the opportunity to combine his passion for politics with his unique political intelligence from relationships developed over three decades.
He'll be interviewing Canadian newsmakers and members of government, asking them the important questions about the hot political topics of the day.
Newman will also take on another role with the company, helping to shape its digital future as CTV's Digital News Evangelist.
In that role, he will offer insight into the digital media strategy for both CTV News and other Bell Media properties. It's a natural next step for the social media enthusiast, whose departure from traditional media in 2010 was borne of a desire to explore the emerging digital content field.
Newman said he's looking forward to both opportunities.
"I think we've seen in the last year, with the Middle East uprising and a couple of other stories, that social media is important, social media is changing the world, but that it needs that authentic voice of good journalism," he told CTV News Channel Thursday evening.
"It's time to open the doors, it's time to invite transparency and it's time to engage," he said. "We have to figure out a way to broaden the community of what journalism is."
He added that working with Oliver again will be "the opportunity of a lifetime."
Wendy Freeman, the president of CTV News, said she's delighted that Newman is joining the show.
"His experience and expert interview skills are going to help Question Period continue its tenure as a political powerhouse," she said.
Co-host Oliver is also looking forward to working with Newman.
"Kevin is one of the best political journalists in the country," said Oliver. "I hired Kevin in the 80s when I was CTV's Ottawa Bureau Chief and I couldn't be happier to have him back."
Newman takes over co-hosting duties from The Globe and Mail's Jane Taber, who stepped down from the show earlier this summer after six years.
With more than 30 years of journalism experience, Newman is known as one of Canada's top national news experts. He was the national news anchor at Global Television for 10 years before stepping down in September 2010 to begin exploring the emerging digital content field.
In the months since, he has aligned himself with some of the most innovative and creative partners in Canada, and has earned the respect of some of Canada's technology pioneers including OpenText Executive Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer Tom Jenkins who told the RTNDA journalism conference in May 2011 that Kevin "is the traditional journalist in Canada learning the most and doing more to build the next generation of journalism than anyone."
Before working at Global, Newman spent seven years as an anchor and correspondent at ABC News in New York, hosting and reporting for Nightline, World News Tonight and Good Morning America.
Prior to working in the U.S., Newman worked at all three Canadian national news networks as a parliamentary reporter. He also spent time as the co-anchor of CBC Midday, an afternoon news and interview program.
Newman has earned two Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award for his work, as well as two Gemini Awards and an RTNDA's Edward R. Murrow Award for election coverage in 2008.