Canadian Broadcasters who moved to the United States

Over the years, the lucrative U.S. market ihas been the destination of choice for many Canadian professionals who strove to gain fame and/or fortune south of the border. This is no less true in the field of broadcast journalism, and some of the most successful American television personalities began their careers in Canada.

Perhaps most notable were Peter Jennings at ABC who started in television at CJOH-TV, Ottawa, Morley Safer, a former CBC new correspondent now at CBS, and Robert MacNeil, a Maritimer who spent many years at the US Public Broadcasting System.

While the exodus of Canadian journalists moving to the U.S. was been significant, a number decided to come home. Among those who went to American networks and later returned are Kevin Newman who worked at ABC before joining Global , and later CTV, and Henry Champ who went to NBC from CTV and eventually returned to Canadian broadcasting with CBC Newsworld, based in Washington.

Other Canadians working for American networks include John Blackstone, Sheila MacVicar, Elizabeth Palmer, Thalia Assuras, Mark Phillips, and John Roberts at CBS.

As well, Dana Lewis, Keith Morrison and Dawna Friesen moved to NBC and Richard Gizbert, John MacKenzie and Jeffrey Kofman joined ABC.

Jonathan Mann who worked for CBC went to CNN; Martin Seemungal, formerly with CKWS-TV Kingston and CJOH Ottawa, moved to Southeast Asia to work for several networks; Arthur Kent, from CJOH to NBC and later became a film producer in London, England. Brian Nelson who started with CJAD radio in Montreal and moved on to CTV also spent several years with CNN before moving into another field of endeavour.

This list does not include some former Canadians who took up anchoring at local stations or behind-the-scene positions at both local and network facilities from Spokane Washington to Tampa Florida and points in between.

Sidney Margles - February, 2005

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