About Kirk LaPointe
Kirk LaPointe is the fourth Ombudsman for the CBC's English Services. He
follows Vince Carlin, David Bazay and William Morgan in that position.
has taught ethics and leadership, research methods, media law, freedom
of information and media management since 2004 at the Graduate School of
Journalism at University of British Columbia, where he is an Adjunct
Professor and Executive in Residence.
Before he assumed the role
in November 2010, LaPointe was the Managing Editor for seven years at
The Vancouver Sun, western Canada's largest newsroom, where he helped
lead its transformation to a digital-first operation.
He has been
one of Canada's leading newsroom managers for a quarter-century and has
held the senior editorial roles at CTV News, the Southam News agency
and The Hamilton Spectator. He was the founding Executive Editor of
National Post and has been the Ottawa Bureau Chief and General News
Editor of The Canadian Press, an advisor to the publisher of the Toronto
Star, and a day-one host on CBC Newsworld, among other roles. His news
operations have won the Canadian Journalism Foundation Award of
Excellence, several Gemini Awards, National Newspaper Awards and Webster
Awards, among other industry recognition.
He has been a leading
public speaker and writer on journalism practices and media change in
the digital era and created the successful blog, themediamanager.com. He
has been a member of the Canadian Association of Journalism ethics
committee and served as Canadian chair of the international committee
for the Online News Association.
He is a graduate of Ryerson
University in Journalism. He is on the advisory committee to Frontier
College, the country's largest institute on literacy programs, among
other community work. He is married to Mary Lynn Young, PhD, the
Associate Dean of Arts at University of British Columbia, and lives in
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