Thalia Assuras

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Thalia Assuras
Born London, Ontario
Alma mater University of Western Ontario
Occupation Journalist, media consultant
Years active 1981 – present

Thalia Assuras is a veteran television journalist and the principal of a consulting practice focused on media relations, media training, strategic planning and executive coaching.

Early years[edit]

Assuras was born in London, Ontario.[1] to parents who immigrated from Tripoli, Greece, after World War II. She attended London Central Secondary School, and remained in London to attend the University of Western Ontario, pursuing a bachelor of science degree. She graduated in 1980,[2] then entered the graduate program in journalism and earned her master's degree in 1981.[2] Twenty-one years later she commented on the impact the journalism program had on her:[2]

"It's hard to describe my time at Western because it was a phenomenal turning point in my life. I always had these delusions of being a writer and I always overloaded my mind with information and literature. That program just brought things together for me."

Career[edit]

Assuras has worked for CITY-TV and Global Television, including a stint as reporter and weekend anchor for CityPulse from 1985 to 1988.

From 1992 to 1993 she worked for CTV, anchoring Canada AM. She then moved to ABC, and in May 1993, joined Aaron Brown as co-anchor of World News Now. She shared that late-night anchor desk with Boyd Matson, fellow Canadian Kevin Newman, and Mark Mullen before leaving the show in January 1997.

In 1997 she moved to CBS, first joining CBS Eye On People, a cable network that CBS launched in March 1997. She also worked as a national correspondent and later became co-anchor of The Saturday Early Show and then the CBS Evening News Saturday, alternating with Russ Mitchell. In a June 22, 1998 article in Maclean's,[3] Assuras commented on her reason for moving to the United States, saying "I wanted to live in a different country. And I wanted to work where you have all the tools you need on a story." In July 2009, Assuras left CBS after her contract with them expired.[4]

She later anchored energyNOW!,[5] a half-hour weekly TV news-magazine and opinion program produced by the American Clean Skies Foundation; it aired first on WJLA and later on Bloomberg TV. After energyNOW!, she established a "consulting practice for strategic planning, media relations, crisis management, media training and executive coaching."[6]

Awards and activities[edit]

Assuras is a founding member of The Next Generation Initiative,[7] a leadership program aimed at getting students involved in public affairs.

The Daughters of Penelope recognized Assuras with the "2000 Salute to Women" award; She was awarded the Marie Torre Memorial Award in 2001.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Thalia Assuras". CBS News. Archived from the original on 2007-02-10. Retrieved 2011-05-21. 
  2. ^ a b c "CBS journalist donates to new media facility". University of Western Ontario. November 18, 2002. Retrieved 2011-05-21. 
  3. ^ Anthony Wilson-Smith. "Canadians Invade U.S. News". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2014-05-16. 
  4. ^ "Thalia Assuras Leaves CBS News". TVNewser. Mediabistro.com. 2009-07-31. Retrieved 2014-05-16. 
  5. ^ "Thalia Assuras". energyNOW!. Archived from the original on 2011-08-15. Retrieved 2014-05-16. 
  6. ^ "Don’t Get Caught: How to Prepare for Media Interviews". Women's Council on Energy and the Environment. June 17, 2013. Retrieved 2014-05-16. 
  7. ^ "Investing in the future". hellenext.org. Archived from the original on 2011-07-29. Retrieved 2014-05-16. 

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