Val Sears

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Val Sears (December 5, 1927 – January 21, 2016) was a Canadian journalist. He had long experience as reporter, editor, Ottawa Bureau Chief and foreign correspondent in London, England and Washington, D.C. for the Toronto Star. Sears won numerous awards for his reporting including a National Newspaper Award for feature writing and for news as well as a science writing Award. He is author of the book Hello Sweetheart: Get Me Rewrite, which is a lively account of the 1950s newspaper wars between the Toronto Telegram and the Toronto Star, both of which employed him.[1][2] The book become a cult classic among journalists and appears on the curriculum of journalist schools in Canada. After retiring from the Toronto Star, Sears became a columnist for the Ottawa Sun from 1998 to 2005.

Sears always had an intense interest in the career of the Prairie populist conservative Prime Minister John Diefenbaker. He was commissioned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to write a trilogy of television plays detailing the life of John Diefenbaker, which were ultimately not produced due to budget cuts at the CBC.

In 1991, Sears accepted the Bell Chair as Visiting Professor of Journalism at the University of Regina. In 1999 he was made a lifetime member of the Ottawa Press Gallery, until his death.[3]

Sears was the father of Robin Sears, a communications, marketing and public affairs advisor, and of Kit Melamed, a producer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation investigative journalism program, the Fifth Estate. He was married to Edith Cody-Rice, senior legal counsel for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He died in Almonte, Ontario on January 21, 2016, aged 88.[4][5]


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  2. ^ "The newspaperman". 2014-05-22. Retrieved 2016-01-25. 
  3. ^ "Winners since 1949 - National Newspaper AwardsNational Newspaper Awards". 2015-04-26. Retrieved 2016-01-25. 
  4. ^ "Star legend Val Sears dies at 88 | Toronto Star". 2015-03-16. Retrieved 2016-01-25. 
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