Inside the News with Peter Mansbridge

Last Updated: Aug 8, 2013 11:16 AM ET

About Peter Mansbridge


There are other places on cbc.ca where you can find the basic facts about me. Where I was born, where I live, some of the awards I've won. In keeping with this web site's promise, this is a more personal, "About Peter Mansbridge."  

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But not too personal. I'm not a rock star. I'm not a movie star. I'm not even a TV star. At least I don't want to be. I'm not thick enough to believe I can do what I do for a living and not be recognized when I walk down the street. But the notion of being a "star" or even worse a "celebrity" makes me cringe.
 
The most important thing to know about Peter Mansbridge is that I've been lucky beyond all reason. There's no telling where I would be today if I hadn't been discovered by a CBC manager who liked the sound of my voice calling a flight for Transair at the airport in Churchill Manitoba. He asked me if I wanted to work for CBC. I said yes, and here we are, 44 years later.

Of course I put in long hours and worked hard to move up the ladder. But lots of people put in long hours and work hard, and don't end up where I did. And I'm a high school drop-out. I'm not proud of that. But I don't hide it either. I especially don't hide it from young people who may be thinking about leaving school. What a terrible idea that is.

If someone with my background applied for a job with CBC News today, we'd take that as evidence he was delusional.

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So when I sit across from the Prime Minister, or the President of the United States, a brilliant scientist, or a Nobel peace prize winner; When I'm anchoring our election night coverage; Or when I'm halfway around the world to witness another event that will define our time, that's when I stop for a moment.

I know that the circumstances are special, but I'm not.

Long ago in Churchill, I was just in the right place at the right time, and a window of opportunity cracked open.

* You'll also see Mark Bulgutch's name alongside mine for some of my weekly blogs or essays.

Mark's name may not be known to many of you but it sure is known within Canadian journalism, especially inside the television business. Mark and I have worked together for the past thirty years. He was  the longtime lineup editor of The National, then a senior producer and executive producer of CBC Television News Specials - everything from election nights to breaking news like 9/11. He's taught and lectured at Ryerson University, in fact some of the best known names in Canadian television journalism owe at least part of their success to what they've learned from Mark. Over the years Mark has helped me with my on-air work, with speeches, and now on Inside the News, that teamwork continues.
 
Amil Niazi is the producer of Inside the News and as such she basically runs the show!  Amil is responsible for chasing down the various content aspects of the site, and she never stops badgering me for the content I need to supply on a weekly basis!  And more than that, Amil is constantly coming up with ideas for what we can do to make things more interesting. Amil studied journalism in British Columbia and her time at the CBC has included roles at CBC Radio 3, CBCNews.ca and Connect with Mark Kelley.
 
And that's it, Amil, Mark and I are the sole workers on Inside the News! It's fun and we've enjoyed hearing from you as each week we try to find new ways of making the site more informative, more transparent and more interesting.