|Born||15 January 1945|
|Occupation||Helicopter Pilot, TV & Radio Host, Author|
Dini Petty (born January 15, 1945 in Kingston upon Thames, Greater London, England) is a Canadian television and radio host. At 22, wearing a trademark pink jumpsuit and working for Toronto radio station CKEY, she became the first female traffic reporter to pilot her own helicopter. She clocked 5,000 hours as pilot-in-command of a Hughes 300.
Later, at Citytv Toronto, she worked as a writer, reporter and co-anchor, with Gord Martineau, of evening newscast CityPulse at 6. There she hosted an afternoon program, Sweet City Woman. Petty also anchored CITY-TV's short-lived 5:30 p.m. news and current affairs program CityWide from May 1987 until 1989 when she left for CFTO-TV.
In August and September 2010, Petty returned to guest-host several episodes of Cityline while host, Tracy Moore, was on maternity leave.
Petty has written a children's book, The Queen, the Bear, and the Bumblebee, published in 2000. Joanne Findon (professor of English literature at Trent University, Ontario) described the book as "a charming fable about the value of being yourself and recognizing your own strengths." Publishers Weekly was less flattering: "Despite a bumblebee protagonist, there's little to buzz about in this didactic picture book."
- Cronenberg, David; Irwin, Mark (Spring/Winter 2004). David Cronenberg/Mark Irwin Commentary [Videdrome DVD; Audio Track 2]. Criterion Collection. Los Angeles, California; Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
- "The Queen, the Bear and the Bumblebee (First Edition)". www.isbns.net. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
- "English M.A. (Public Texts) Faculty". www.trentu.ca. Trent University. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
- "Reviews: The Queen, the Bear and the Bumblebee". www.quillandquire.com. Quill and Quire. December 2000. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
- "The Queen, the Bear and the Bumblebee". www.publishersweekly.com. PWxyz LLC. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
- Dini Petty on Internet Movie Database
- Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections, York University - Archival assets from the Dini Petty fonds.
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