Peter Mansbridge has been honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) awards gala, recognizing the remarkable decades-long career of CBC News's chief correspondent.

Mansbridge is receiving the award Saturday night during a gala event in Toronto as part of the RTDNA's national conference.

During his storied career as a public broadcaster — including 27 years as anchor of The National — Mansbridge has provided Canadians with comprehensive coverage of the most significant stories taking place both at home and abroad.

Peter Mansbridge

CBC News chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge has been given a lifetime achievement award by the Radio Television Digital News Association. (Eric Foss/CBC)

He's conducted an estimated 15,000 interviews, speaking to countless Canadian and global leaders, as well as other notable personalities from the worlds of politics, sports and entertainment.  

'Canadian icon'

"For the last 45 years, Peter has told our stories and helped us understand our world," CBC's editor-in-chief Jennifer McGuire said Saturday, introducing Mansbridge. "He has chronicled our history. He is a Canadian icon in the true sense of the word."

Mansbridge wins at RTDNA

Peter Mansbridge and Tom Clarke pose for photos with other RTDNA winners. (Brodie Fenlon/CBC )

"There are now more ways to reach Canadians, to reach the world than ever before," Mansbridge said when he took the stage to accept his award.

"We know the power of storytelling. Those stories change minds. They change opinions. They change lives. That's what journalism can do."

Mansbridge began his journalism career in 1968 in Churchill, Manitoba, helping to develop CBC Radio's news service for Northern Canada. He went on to become a radio reporter in Winnipeg in 1971 before joining CBC Television in 1972. He was named chief correspondent and anchor in 1988.

Peter Mansbridge

Mansbridge was named to the Canadian News Hall of Fame earlier this year and made an officer of the Order of Canada in 2008.

Global Television's Tom Clark was also awarded a lifetime achievement award at the RTDNA event on Saturday, when a total of 64 awards were handed out.

The full list of winners includes: 

  • RTDNA 2015 Network Awards:

Dave Rogers Award – Long Feature – Radio:

CBC Radio One: The Current, Being Jacqueline

Dave Rogers Award – Long Feature – TV:

Global News: 16×19, Wives of ISIS

Dave Rogers Award – Short Feature – Radio:

CBC News: The World at Six, Girl in the Picture

Dave Rogers Award – Short Feature – TV:

Global News: Veteran Art, Global National

Adrienne Clarkson Award – Diversity – Radio:

CBC News: Wui Gwai: Hong Kong Homecoming

Adrienne Clarkson Award – Diversity – TV:

CBC News: The National, Violence Against Indigenous Women

Dan McArthur Award – Multiplatform:

Global News, SHAW Media: 16×9, Under Fire

Ron Laidlaw Award – Continuing Coverage – Radio:

CBC News: The World At Six, Refugees/Lesvos Stories

Ron Laidlaw Award – Continuing Coverage – TV:

Global News: Paris Attacks, Global National

Ron Laidlaw Award – Continuing Coverage – Digital:

CTV: CTV News Election 2015

Charlie Edwards Award – Spot News – Radio:

CBC Radio One: The Current, The Paris Attacks

Charlie Edwards Award – Spot News – TV:

CTV News: Terror in Paris

Charlie Edwards Award – Spot News – Digital:

Global News: Globalnews.ca – Federal Election 2015

Dick Smyth Award – Creative Use of Sound:

CBC Radio One: The Current, Gone Without a Trace

Hugh Haugland Award – Creative Use of Video:

CTV W5: Born Free

Data Storytelling Award:

CBC News Investigative Unit: Campus Sexual Assaults, The Fight to get the Real Picture

Digital Media Award:

CBC News: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Gord Sinclair Award – Live Special Events – Radio:

CBC News: CBC Radio, Canada Votes 2015

Gord Sinclair Award – Live Special Events TV:

Global News: Decision Canada: 2015 Election, Global National

Peter Gzowski Award – News Information Program – Radio:

CBC Radio One: The Current, Vaccinations: Pro and Anti-Vaxxer parents make their cases

Trina McQueen Award – News Information Program – TV:

CTV W5: W5 Episodes 49-25, The Real Deal | For The Birds

Byron MacGregor Award – Best Newscast – Radio:

CBC News: The World at Six, Liberal Victory

Bert Cannings Award – Best Newscast – TV:

CTV News: CTV National News with Lisa LaFlamme

  • Winners for RTDNA 2015 National Awards:

Dave Rogers Award – Long Feature – Large Market – Radio:

CKNW Radio: Aging Alone

Dave Rogers Award – Long Feature – Small/Medium – Radio:

CBC Sudbury: Angels and Demons

Dave Rogers Award – Long Feature – Large Market – TV:

Global BC: Transforming Healthcare: St Paul's Hospital

Dave Rogers Award – Long Feature – Small/Medium Market – TV:

CTV Vancouver Island: Benches

Dave Rogers Award – Short Feature – Large Market – Radio:

1310NEWS: 1310NEWS Parliament Hill Shooting Aftermath

Dave Rogers Award – Short Feature – Small/Medium Market – Radio:

CBC Prince George: Rehab at the River, Water Ceremony

Dave Rogers Award – Short Feature – Large Market – TV:

CTV Montreal: Crash of the Liberator

Dave Rogers Award – Short Feature – Small/Medium Market – TV:

CBC North: A Shifting Balance

Adrienne Clarkson Award – Diversity – Radio:

CBC Edmonton: Death by Patricide

Adrienne Clarkson Award – Diversity – TV:

Global Calgary: Witness Blanket

Adrienne Clarkson Award – Diversity – Digital:

CBC Edmonton: Stopped for Being Aboriginal

Dan McArthur Award – Multiplatform:

CBC Edmonton: Deadly Secrets: Canada's EMS Crisis

Ron Laidlaw Award – Continuing Coverage – Radio:

News Talk 650 CKOM: Saskatchewan Wildfires

Ron Laidlaw Award – Continuing Coverage – TV:

Global Calgary: Taxi Assault

Ron Laidlaw Award – Continuing Coverage – Digital:

CBC Toronto: Social coverage of Jays' playoff run

Charlie Edwards Award – Spot News – Radio:

NEWS1130: Port Fire

Charlie Edwards Award – Spot News – TV:

CTV Vancouver: Port Fire

Charlie Edwards Award – Spot News – Digital:

CBC Saskatchewan: Putting a name to the missing and murdered

Dick Smyth Award – Creative Use of Sound:

CBC Newfoundland and Labrador: Labrador West 911 Call

Hugh Haugland Award – Creative Use of Video:

CTV Edmonton: Art Battle

Sports Award – Small/Medium Market – Radio:

CBC Sudbury: Skipping

Sports Award – Large Market – Radio:

CBC Edmonton: Mad for Manny

Sports Award – Small/Medium Market – TV:

CTV News Regina: Gabby, Meeting a Hero

Sports Award – Large Market – TV:

CTV News Ottawa: Cold War Spy Story

Sports Award – Large Market – Digital:

Global BC: History of the Grizzlies

Sam Ross Award – Editorial/Commentary – Radio:

TSN 1290: Violence Against Women

Sam Ross Award – Editorial/Commentary – TV:

Global Edmonton: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Sam Ross Award – Editorial/Commentary – Digital:

CBC British Columbia: Witness Intimidation: When court doesn't feel safe

Data Storytelling Award:

Global BC: 12 Deadliest Highways

Digital Media Award – Large Market:

CBC Montreal: CBC Montreal Website

Digital Media Award – Small/Medium Market:

CBC North: CBC North digital

Gord Sinclair Award – Live Special Events – Radio:

Newstalk1010: Taxi Protest Paralyzes Toronto

Gord Sinclair Award – Live Special Events – TV:

Global Calgary: Decision Alberta 2015

Peter Gzowski Award – News Information Program – Radio:

CBC Quebec City: Jacques Parizeau (1930-2015)

Trina McQueen Award – News Information Program – TV:

CTV Atlantic: Unforgettable, Remembrance Day 2015

Byron MacGregor Award – Best Newscast – Small Market – Radio:

CBC Kamloops: Flood Impact

Byron MacGregor Award – Best Newscast – Medium Market – Radio:

AM800 CKLW: AM800 News 6:30 a.m.

Byron MacGregor Award – Best Newscast – Large Market – Radio:

CBC Toronto: CBC Toronto Radio Newscast, October 20

Bert Cannings Award – Best Newscast – Small Market – TV:

CKPG TV: CKPG News

Bert Cannings Award – Best Newscast – Medium Market – TV:

CHEK: CHEK News at 5

Bert Cannings Award – Best Newscast – Large Market – TV:

City: Citynews At Six