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Avis Favaro

Medical Correspondent, CTV National News
Avis Favaro, Medical Correspondent

As CTV News’ Medical Correspondent, Avis Favaro specializes in health stories that can make a difference in the lives of Canadians. Based in Toronto, Favaro is Canada’s longest serving television Medical Correspondent, having started this beat for CTV News in 1992.

Since then she has reported on a wide variety of health issues, including medical errors, drug shortages, mental health, novel therapies for cancer, and the latest therapies for neurological diseases.

Favaro has been recognized with a total of 13 Gemini Award nominations, winning a 1997 Gemini Award for Best Reportage for a story on an experimental treatment for cancer.

Along with medical producer Elizabeth St. Philip, Favaro has been recognized with multiple awards – by the Canadian Medical Association, the Canadian Nurses Association, the Ontario Registered Nurses Association, and the RTDNA.

Favaro holds an honourary PhD from McMaster University. She also has an honourary membership to the Federation of Medical Women of Canada. She is a graduate of Western University in London, Ont., where she earned a Master’s Degree in Journalism. She speaks English, Italian, and a bit of French.

Follow her on Twitter: @CTV_AvisFavaro

Career Highlights:

  • 2013 Registered Nurses Association of Ontario Awards for Health Reporting – “A City’s Pain”
  • 2012 RTNDA Award for “REACH FOR THE TOP” – W5’s feature report on the inspiring journey of double amputee Spencer West as he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro
  • 2012 Registered Nurses Association of Ontario Awards for Health Care reporting – “Seniors Poverty Lottery”
  • 2011 Federation of Medical Women of Canada – Honorary Member
  • 2010 Registered Nurses Association of Ontario Awards for Health Care Reporting –“Blood Cells from Skin”
  • 2009 Canadian Medical Association and Canadian Nurses Association annual media awards – “BPA in Cans” and W5 “Depression”
  • 2008 RTNDA Award – David Rogers Award Short Feature – “Carly’s Story”
  • 2005 New York Film and TV Festival Gold Medal for documentary on experimental bone marrow treatment for Multiple Sclerosis
  • 2001 New York Festivals Bronze World Medal, “Cancer Doctors”
  • 2000 International Health and Medical Media Award, “Ethics in Medical Research”
  • 1999 New York Festivals Bronze World Medal, Best News Correspondent
  • 1998 Canadian Association of Journalists Investigative Award, "Whistleblower Doctor"
  • 1997 Gemini Award – Best Reportage, “Young Tissue Extract”
  • 1993 RTDNA Dan McArthur Award, “Seniors Sex”

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