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Fanshawe Welcomes CTV Veteran Robert Hurst as Visiting Professor
Award-winning Canadian journalist, author, and public speaker Robert Hurst will join the Fanshawe College Broadcast faculty team this fall as a visiting professor.
Hurst retired earlier this year as the President of CTV News and Current Affairs after a 38 year career in broadcasting. Under his leadership, CTV News became Canada's first choice for both national and local news.
"CTV News has been No. 1 for 22 years," said Hurst in a prepared statement. "The reporting team is the best in Canada and well positioned to remain No. 1 for many years."
Hurst began his broadcasting career with CTV in 1973, working as a writer for Canada AM. At just 26, he was named News Director at Toronto's CFTO affiliate. Since then, he has distinguished himself as an award-winning reporter, news editor, author, and foreign correspondent at a number of network bureaus, including Ottawa, Washington, Moscow and Beijing.
"The addition of Robert Hurst to our faculty team brings years of story-telling and news gathering experience," said Bob Collins, Coordinator of Fanshawe's Journalism and Radio Broadcasting programs. "Robert’s global travels as a Broadcast Journalist and his success leading CTV News has been recognized with international awards."
Hurst has earned six Gemini Award nominations, including three Best Reportage nominations, as well as the RTNDA President's Award for distinguished service to the broadcast industry, and a Gold Medal at the 1983 New York Film Festival. In 2007, TV Guide named Hurst as the most powerful person in Canadian television news.
"The national-award-winning Fanshawe College Broadcasting programs and students will benefit from Robert's vast knowledge as the curriculum evolves with digital and social media reporting," Collins said.
The College is proud to welcome Robert Hurst in his new role as visiting professor to the Broadcasting - Radio and Journalism - Broadcast diploma programs, and the Broadcast Journalism - Television News graduate certificate program in the School of Contemporary Media this fall.