One of Canada’s most respected news anchors, Kevin Newman has been a familiar face to viewers in Canada and the U.S. for more than 30 years. In September of 2011, Bell Media appointed Newman its first Digital News Evangelist. He is also Host of the long-running political broadcast Question Period, interviewing newsmakers and members of government on Canada’s landmark political program airing Sundays at 11 a.m. ET onCTV. In September, 2012, he joined the award-winning W5 as Correspondent for the investigative series.
Newman’s career has taken him to every major hotspot around the globe, and through every community, territory, and province in Canada. His work has garnered the industry’s highest honours, including Emmy Awards, Gemini Awards, and a Peabody-Award.
As Host of CTV’s Question Period, Newman brings his unique political knowledge developed over three decades as Parliamentary Correspondent for all three major Canadian national networks. He has covered every Prime Minister from Trudeau to Harper, and has solid relations with many of the country’s top political aides and bureaucrats.
In his role as CTV’s Digital News Evangelist, Newman is helping shape the digital future of CTV News by working with the Bell Media team to build the digital brand for CTV News while offering insight into the digital media strategy for other Bell Media properties. The role is a natural fit for this social media enthusiast, whose departure from traditional media in 2010 was borne of a desire to explore the emerging digital content field.
In short order, Newman has aligned himself with some of the most innovative and creative digital minds in Canada. Newman is on the board of Directors of Canada’s leading digital media incubators: Communitech Innovation Hub in Waterloo Ontario (a joint venture of RIM, Open Text, Google & others), and the University of Waterloo Digital Media Campus in Stratford, ON.
Prior to his roles with CTV News, in 2001, Newman returned to Canada from the United States to join Global Television, leading the creative, staffing, and editorial design of the national news which he anchored for 10 years. He first cut his teeth in the digital news world by leading the creation of the first Podcasts and Vodcasts of Global National newscasts with an eye toward expanding the brand to younger viewers, winning the recognition of multiple leading national publications for creating the first new successful news product in a generation in Canada.
Before joining Global, Newman had a successful career state–side, moving to New York City in 1995 to work for ABC News. His career in the United States included hosting Good Morning America, reporting for Nightline with Ted Koppel, and substitute anchoring and reporting for World News Tonight with Peter Jennings.
From 1992 to 1994 Newman anchored CBC Television’s Midday, after reporting for The National from Parliament Hill, Alberta and the North. From 1986 to 1988, Newman was CTV’s Atlantic Bureau Chief and Parliamentary Reporter. Hisfirst job as a reporter was with Global TV’s ‘Sportsline’ in 1981.
Kevin Newman was born in Toronto, and started his broadcasting career by co-founding CHRW radio at Western University in London, ON. He produced the first Western Mustangs football radio broadcasts and was awarded an Honourary Doctorate of Laws from his alma mater, in June 2011.
- 2012 – Gold Medal at the 2012 New York Film & Television Festival for social issues documentary Execution Under Fire
- 2011 – Honourary Doctor of Laws, University of Western Ontario
- 2008 – Lifetime Achievement Award, University of Western Ontario
- 2008 – Gemini Award winner, Best Newscast
- 2005 and 2006 – Gemini Award winner, Canada's Best Anchor
- 2003 –Edward R. Murrow Awards, Best Continuing Coverage
- 2001 – Emmy Award winner, Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story
- 2000 – Emmy Award winner, Outstanding News and Documentary Program Achievement
- George Foster Peabody Award, ‘ABC2000 Millennium' Coverage