Peter Mansbridge

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Peter Mansbridge
Peter Mansbridge.jpg
Mansbridge at Mount Allison University in May 2011
Born (1948-07-06) July 6, 1948 (age 67)
London, England
Residence Stratford, Ontario, Canada
Nationality English, Canadian
Occupation Journalist, news presenter
Years active 1968–present
Employer Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Television The National, Mansbridge One on One
Spouse(s) Parm Dhillon (?–1975)[1]
Wendy Mesley (1989–1992)
Cynthia Dale (1998–present)
Children Two daughters, one son

Peter Mansbridge, OC (born July 6, 1948), is an English-Canadian broadcaster and news anchor. He is chief correspondent for CBC News and anchor of The National, CBC Television's flagship nightly newscast. Mansbridge has received many awards and accolades for his journalistic work including an honorary doctorate from Mount Allison University where he is serving as chancellor until December 2017.[2]

Early life[edit]

Mansbridge was born on July 6, 1948 in London, England.[3] He and his siblings Paul and Wendy were children of Stanley Harry Mansbridge, D.F.C.[4] (1918-2005), an RAF Wing Commander,[4] civil servant (in Britain, Malaya, Alberta and Canada) and Brena Louise Mansbridge (d. 2008). His father received a D.F.C. for his service as a navigator aboard an Avro Lancaster bomber during World War II.[4] After moving to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Peter attended Glebe Collegiate Institute, but dropped out before graduating. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy in 1966 and 1967.

Newscasting career[edit]

After graduating from Trinity College School, Mansbridge worked as a ticket agent for Transair at Churchill Airport in Churchill, Manitoba. In 1968, Mansbridge was discovered by Gaston Charpentier, a station manager for the local Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) radio station CHFC, when he heard Mansbridge making a flight announcement. Charpentier hired the 19-year-old Mansbridge as the host of CHFC's late night music program.[5] In 1971, Mansbridge moved to Winnipeg to continue as a reporter for the CBW radio station and in the next year, he joined CBWT-TV as a reporter.

In 1975, Mansbridge became a reporter in Saskatchewan for the CBC's flagship evening news program The National. In 1976, he relocated to Ottawa to become parliamentary correspondent.[5] Following a decade of political coverage, Mansbridge had become a substitute anchor for Knowlton Nash and in 1988, CBS offered him a job as a co-anchor for a morning show. To keep Mansbridge in Canada, Nash retired from his anchoring duties at the CBC.[6]

During the run of the CBC News Program This Week In Parliament from 1981-1993, hosted by colleague Don Newman; Mansbridge provided the voiceover for the opening, intro; and ending of this television program hosted by his colleague.

On May 1, 1988, Mansbridge debuted as the sole anchor of The National and later served as co-anchor for CBC Prime Time News from November 1992 to Fall 1995. During his tenure as anchor, he has covered Canadian news stories including federal elections, party leadership conventions, the Meech Lake Accord negotiations, the Charlottetown Accord and its referendum, the 1995 Quebec referendum, floods in Manitoba in 1997, ice storms in Ontario and Quebec in 1998, the six days in September 2000 that marked the death and state funeral of Pierre Trudeau, the 2003 blackout across much of Eastern North America and the death and state funeral of Jack Layton. His coverage of the blackout was notable because the normally clean-shaven Mansbridge had grown a beard during his summer hiatus (as he did every summer), and the news of the blackout broke with no time for him to shave. Thus, Canadian viewers saw a bearded Peter Mansbridge reporting on the events of that day.

He has also anchored coverage of many world events, both in the studio and on the scene. In the studio, he anchored coverage of the Gulf War, the War in Kosovo, the September 11 attacks and the 2014 Parliament Hill shootings. He was on the air live when the 2003 invasion of Iraq began and anchored coverage of it. On the scene, he anchored coverage of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the funerals of Diana, Princess of Wales and Pope John Paul II, numerous royal, papal, and U.S. presidential visits to Canada, numerous Olympic Games, and the inauguration of U.S. President Barack Obama. He reported extensively from Normandy both 50 and then 60 years after D-Day and from the United Kingdom and the Netherlands for the fiftieth anniversary of V-E Day. He also reported from the Netherlands for the sixtieth anniversary of V-E Day.

In 1999, he launched a new program, Mansbridge One on One, in which he interviews newsmakers.

With the retirement of Lloyd Robertson of CTV National News on September 1, 2011, Mansbridge became the longest-serving active anchor among the big three networks in Canada, as Dawna Friesen had taken over as anchor at Global National only in 2010.[7] Lisa LaFlamme taking over for Robertson also meant that Mansbridge is the only male anchor among the big three anchors in Canada (Mansbridge, LaFlamme, and Friesen).[8]

In recent years, Mansbridge has cut back his schedule mostly to Monday through Thursday. While he is billed as anchoring The National throughout the week, Sunday anchor Wendy Mesley has anchored most Fridays as well.

Personal life[edit]

Mansbridge has been married three times. His previous marriage to CBC colleague Wendy Mesley (January 6, 1989–1992) became regular tabloid fodder in Frank Magazine as their marriage ended.[9] He has been married to Canadian actress Cynthia Dale since November 14, 1998,[10] and they have a son, William, born in 1999.[11] Mansbridge has two daughters from a first marriage to Parm Dhillon which ended in 1975.[citation needed] He lives in Stratford, Ontario with his family, and also has a summer cottage in the Gatineau Hills.[12]

Mansbridge is also an avid and longtime fan of the Winnipeg Jets, having attended the signing of Bobby Hull in 1972 while working as a reporter for CBWT-TV.[13] Mansbridge's public support for the Jets - including use of his Twitter account - is often seen as a humorous contrast to his balanced reporting style.[14] To underline this image, Mansbridge is also known to occasionally make jokes at the expense of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Nonetheless, he continues to support his childhood Maple Leafs in a secondary capacity.[14]

Awards and honorary degrees[edit]

Mansbridge has won several honours throughout his career, including 12 Gemini awards. In 2008, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada, the second grade of nation's second highest civilian honour.[15][16] In that capacity, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal was also conferred upon him in 2012.

Peter Mansbridge Has Received Many Honorary Degrees in recognition of His Distinguished Career in Journalism, these include:

Honorary Degrees
Country Date School Degree
 New Brunswick 1999 Mount Allison University Doctor of Laws (LL.D) [17]
 Manitoba 2001 University of Manitoba Doctor of Laws (LL.D) [18]
 Ontario 2005 Ryerson University Doctor of Journalism [19]
 Ontario 9 June 2008 University of Western Ontario Doctor of Laws (LL.D) [20]
 Ontario Spring 2010 University of Windsor Doctor of Laws (LL.D) [21]
 Ontario 11 June 2014 Carleton University Doctor of Laws (LL.D) [22]


  1. ^ Moore, Micki (8 June 1990). "Peter Mansbridge In the right place at the right time". Toronto Star. p. B1. 
  2. ^ "Mount Allison University reappoints Peter Mansbridge as Chancellor". Mount Allison University. February 15, 2013. 
  3. ^ Canadian Encyclopedia. p. Peter Mansbridge. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c CBC News (6 June 2014). ""The National" CBC National News". CBC. 
  5. ^ a b Scott, Maureen. "Peter Mansbridge One on One". Good Life Mississauga (Metroland Media Group) (May/June 2010). Retrieved June 24, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Former CBC anchor Knowlton Nash dead at age 86" (Press release). Toronto. May 24, 2014. Retrieved June 24, 2014 – via The Globe and Mall. 
  7. ^ Lackner, Chris (September 2, 2011). "Global marks news anniversary; Series will showcase major events covered during its 10-year run". The Montreal Gazette. p. C10. 
  8. ^ Zerbisias, Antonia (September 22, 2010). "The hair is gone, but not the passion: Peter Mansbridge, the voice of CBC-TV since 1988, is nowhere near ready to give up the reins at The National". Toronto Star. p. E1. 
  9. ^ McDonald, Marci (26 May 1997). "Canada's Star News Anchors". Maclean's. Retrieved 2008-03-24. 
  10. ^ "Mansbridge marries Dale". CBC News. 17 November 1998. Retrieved 2008-03-24. 
  11. ^ Curtain falls on Stratford's leading lady, The Toronto Star, October 28, 2007
  12. ^ "Famous Canadian Cottagers: Peter Mansbridge". Cottage Life. 4 June 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "Winnipeg Jets:". 
  14. ^ a b "Winnipeg Jets: web". 
  15. ^ "Peter Mansbridge". Governor General of Canada. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  16. ^ "Peter Mansbridge appointed to the Order of Canada". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. June 1, 2008. Retrieved June 24, 2014. 
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