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For more than 35 years, Sandie Rinaldo has been the weekend anchor for CTV NATIONAL NEWS, Canada’s most-watched national newscast. In addition to her role behind the desk, Rinaldo heads into the field to report stories for Canada’s most-watched documentary series, W5.
Every weekend, Rinaldo takes Canadians through the major news events making headlines at home and around the world while focusing on angles that are most important to Canadians.
In 1980, Rinaldo was promoted to News Anchor of CANADA AM, 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 CANADA AM, a position that saw her regularly travelling everywhere from Vancouver to Cape Breton to the Middle East. Rinaldo joined CANADA AM in 1976 as a story producer specializing in federal and provincial politics.
In May 2018, Rinaldo marked 45 years with CTV. It was May 6, 1973 when Rinaldo first walked through the door of the network, 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. She speaks English.
Rinaldo has received national recognition for her stories, earning a multitude of prestigious awards and nominations. In 2018, she was honoured with the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Lifetime Achievement Award for her distinguished service to broadcast journalism.
Rinaldo earned the 2017 RTDNA Dave Rogers National Award for Best Long Feature for W5’s “In Their Footsteps.” She is a three-time recipient of the Trina McQueen Award for Best Television News Information Program, having been recognized for W5’s “Lifetime Penalty/The Ringmaster” in 2017 and “Leave it to Bieber”/ “Nightmare on Quebec Street” in 2011.
In a special presentation, Rinaldo was honoured by the Durham Regional Police for W5’s “Predator’s Playground” in 2014. Her many additional honours include the 2005 Canadian Veterinary Award for the feature “Never Give Up,” and the 2001 Canadian Association of Journalism Award award for Best Overall Newscast, which she shared with Lloyd Robertson.