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Curt Petrovich

Curt Petrovich

Curt Petrovich began his career with the CBC in 1986 at the frontiers of public broadcasting: Baffin Island. His work as a program host, journalist and documentary maker involved a beat that stretched over one third of Canada's land mass.

During his six-year stay in the Arctic, Curt travelled from Greenland to Alaska to the North Pole, reporting on the people and politics of an emerging new territory populated by an ancient Inuit culture. His stories in both radio and television ranged from the off-beat such as the adventurers who tackled the pole on motorcycle, to the profound, such as his profile of the life and death of the North's AIDS Patient Zero.

In 1992, Curt moved to Manitoba and three years later he became Radio News' national reporter for the province. Curt was on the front lines of the devastation caused by the Red River Flood in 1997. He was on the scene at the high school shooting in Littleton, Colorado in 1999. And Curt documented the first days of the Walkerton water catastrophe.

In 2000, Curt won the Michener award for meritorious for public service journalism. Curt's work revealed a number of senior officials in the Filmon government in Manitoba, were involved in a scheme to subvert the 1995 provincial election. Curt's investigation sparked a public inquiry.

In 2001 Curt joined the parliamentary bureau, leading coverage of two other seismically stunning stories that unfolded in public inquiries: The extraordinary rendition of Maher Arar, and the Sponsorship scandal.

Four years later, Curt left the Hill for BC, where he took on the job of National reporter for the province.

Unrestricted by the border, Curt continues to work occasionally in Washington DC, and he's filed from China over the past few years, including during the Olympics in 2008.

Curt's work has been recognized by a number of groups that celebrate excellence in journalism, including The Jack Webster Foundation, The Radio and Television News Director's association and the Canadian Association of Journalists.

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