Rogers grew up in Ottawa, Ontario. She was the "Head Girl" at her high school, Lisgar Collegiate Institute. She played in the Ottawa Youth Orchestra and was a spare on the Reach for the Top team. Rogers began her career in broadcasting at CFRC, the campus radio station of Queen's University. She also worked at Kingston, Ontario's CKWS, hosting a country music program while still a student at Queen's. She later went on to produce a daily current affairs show and served as the station's weather reporter.
Life and career
She graduated from Queen's University's arts program (Art history) in 1977. In 1980, Rogers joined CBC radio in Ottawa, hosting the local current affairs programs and jazz and classical music broadcasts. In 1982, she became host of the national classical concert program Mostly Music, although she had been the interim host during the summer and fall of 1981. She won an ACTRA Award in 1983 for Best Host/Interviewer.
In 1984, she moved to CBC radio's Toronto station. In addition to hosting local programs, she became a frequent contributor to many of the network's national programs, including Morningside and Basic Black. She was also the founding host of The Arts Tonight.
She became a frequent guest host of Morningside, and in 1995 the program's host and producer, Peter Gzowski, named Rogers the show's permanent guest host.
When Gzowski retired from the CBC in 1997, Rogers moved to CBC Radio Two as host of Take Five. (Morningside was replaced by This Morning, hosted in its first year by Michael Enright and Avril Benoit.) During this time, Rogers was also a contributor to TVOntario's book program Imprint, and host of Saturday Night at the Movies.
In 2000, Rogers returned to Radio One as host of This Morning, after Enright became host of The Sunday Edition. She hosted This Morning for two years, during which she was awarded the John Drainie Award for a making a significant contribution to broadcasting in Canada. In 2001, she received an honorary degree from the University of Western Ontario. In 2002, the CBC replaced This Morning with two morning shows, Sounds Like Canada and The Current (hosted by Anna Maria Tremonti).
Six months into the first season of Sounds Like Canada, Rogers took a short-term health leave from the CBC, dealing with extreme high blood pressure. She also acknowledged a longtime battle with depression. She was off for a few months and continued to host Sounds Like Canada after her return. In 2003 she moved, along with the show, to Vancouver, British Columbia .
In June 2006, Rogers had her head shaved in Edmonton, showing support for a colleague with cancer while she raised money for cancer research.
Rogers left Sounds Like Canada at the end of May 2008, in part to deal with depression. The show ended its six-year run in September 2008 after being hosted by a series of guests. It was replaced by the rescheduled Q.
Rogers wrote the foreword to fellow broadcaster Max Ferguson's memoir of his life at the CBC, And Now... Here's Max. And authored Canada, published by Key Porter, featuring photographs by Mike Grandmaison. She received a Transforming Lives Award from CAM-H in 2008. In 2010 she received the Hero Award from the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario and an award from Native Counselling Services of Alberta for working on reconciliation. She was also named Ambassador at Large for the Canadian Canoe Museum.
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