Articles by Craig Oliver
Every newshound interested in the intricacies of Canada's political theatre knows the face of Craig Oliver.
He brings his unique style of questioning and scrutiny back to the forefront every Sunday on Canada's landmark political program, Question Period. He goes toe-to-toe with Canada's top politicians, alongside his co-host, Kevin Newman.
''Politics has always been a great passion of mine,'' Oliver says. "It's people playing out the drama of life on a larger scale. It's always lively. It really gets the debates going,'' he adds.
Over the past four decades, Oliver's career has taken him across the country, as well as to more far-flung spots around the globe.
He got his start in broadcast journalism at the CBC, specializing in news from the Prairies. In his work at CTV, beginning in 1972, Oliver has done it all - serving as the network's director of news and current affairs, producer of Canada AM's inaugural episodes, and as political correspondent in Washington.
Craig Oliver, Chief Political Correspondent for CTV, announced on Sunday, June 24, 2012 that it was his last QUESTION PERIOD as Co-Host of the program. Oliver continues to report for CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LISA LAFLAMME and occasionally will appear on QUESTION PERIOD to offer his trademark political commentary on political developments.
The depth of his experience is evident in the clutch of awards offered by his peers. The Radio and Television News Directors Association presented him with its 1995 Presidents' Award for excellence in Canadian broadcast journalism. That same year, the Canadian Association of Broadcasters gave him its Broadcast Hall of Fame Award. In 1994, he earned two Gemini awards, one for Best Reportage; the second Gemini - the Gordon Sinclair Award - recognized Best Overall Broadcast Journalism. In 2000 his lifetime of work -- so far --was recognized with the Charles Lynch Award.
Television Experience and Career Highlights:
- Co-host, CTV's landmark political show, Question Period
- Ottawa Bureau Chief, CTV Television News
- Washington Correspondent, CTV Television News
- Director, News and Current Affairs, CTV Television News
- Winner, Presidents Award, Excellence in Broadcast Journalism, 1995
- Inducted into the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame, 1995
- Winner, Gemini Award, Best Reportage, 1994
- Winner, Gemini Award, Gordon Sinclair Award, Best Overall Broadcast
- Journalist, 1994