Ron MacLean is representing Prairies and North for Canada Reads 2013. He is defending The Age of Hope by David Bergen.
The host of CBC's Hockey Night in Canada for more than 25 years, Ron MacLean is one of the most recognizable and beloved broadcasters in the country. The son of an officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force, Ron was born in Germany and spent his childhood living in different regions of Canada including Yukon and Nova Scotia, before his family settled in Red Deer, Alberta.
Ron was still in high school when he started his career in broadcasting as a part-time DJ on a local radio station in Red Deer. His passion for sports and his off-the-cuff wit soon led him to anchoring local Calgary Flames telecasts. He joined the CBC in 1986, first to host Maple Leaf games on Hockey Night in Canada, and then as a full-time host of the program.
The winner of multiple Gemini Awards for both best host and best sports broadcaster, Ron also hosts CBC's Olympic coverage as well as a variety of other high-profile sporting and cultural event programming, including Battle of the Blades. He's also the co-author of his memoir, Cornered, named for Coach's Corner, the popular commentary segment of Hockey Night in Canada he co-hosts with Don Cherry. And he might be the first Canada Reads panelist to be the subject of a hardcore punk song (Dear Coach's Corner by Winnipeg-based band Propagandhi).
Ron currently lives in Oakville, Ontario.