Peter Akman, Toronto Bureau Reporter, CTV National News
Peter Akman is a Toronto Bureau Reporter for CTV National News. This is a homecoming of sorts for Akman who started his journalism career as a Video Journalist for CTV in Timmins, ON, before moving on to the role of Video Journalist for CTV News Edmonton from 2004 to 2006.
Prior to his return to CTV News in June 2013, Akman spent nearly eight years with CBC News, first as a Reporter and Back-up Anchor stationed in Calgary, and later as Reporter, VJ, and Anchor for CBC Local and The National based in Montreal and most recently Toronto.
Akman’s journalism career has taken him across Canada and around the world. In recent years, his reports have brought him to the heart of conflict unfolding in Northern Africa and the Middle East. He reported during the fall of Moammar Gadhafi in Libya; he was in Egypt during the Tahrir Square revolution and the eventual fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak; and spent two months embedded with Canadian Armed Forces, reporting from Afghanistan in the aftermath of 9/11. Akman has also covered the White House in Washington, and reported before and during the 2012 Olympic Games from London.
Nominated multiple times, Akman was awarded an RTDNA for his continuing coverage of the Richelieu River Flooding in 2011, the overland flooding disaster in Quebec that affected thousands of area residents for months.
Born in St. John’s and raised in Ottawa, Akman received an Honours Degree majoring in English and Communications from Simon Fraser University (SFU). An avid swimmer, Akman attended university on a full scholarship, and is a nine-time All American Athlete (1995–1999) in swimming. Akman was the First Place Champion, American National Championships (NAIA) for swimming (1998), represented Canada at several international swimming competitions, and participated in The Canadian Olympic Trials for swimming in 1996 and 2000.
Television Experience and Career Highlights:
- RTNDA Winner – Continuing Coverage: Richelieu Flooding (2012)
- RTNDA Nomination – Investigative Journalism: Cochrane Election (2004)
- RTNDA Nomination – Investigative Journalism: Jeffrey Buffalo (2004)
- Nine-time All American Athlete 1995-99 – Swimming (NAIA – NCAA)
- First place Champion, American National Championships (NAIA) – Swimming
- 1996 and 2000 Olympic Trials – Swimming