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As seen on TV: 9 Canadian broadcasters and journalists who made it in America

They started out on Canadian TV and then made the leap to American TV.
Daniel Dale is seen appearing on CBC's On the Money in September 2016. (On the Money/CBC Archives)

Now Daniel Dale, too? 

Yes, the soon-to-be ex-Toronto Star journalist is about to join a big U.S. network — CNN, to be precise.

The jump comes after Dale has spent several years working for the Star in Washington, fact-checking the claims made by U.S. President Donald Trump — an approach that has got him noticed by readers on both sides of the border.

His new role will see him appearing on-air and working on the digital side of things, according to a CNN spokesperson.

Dale is the latest in a long line of Canadian journalists and broadcasters who have been scooped up by big American networks.

Here are a few others who headed south before him.

Keith Morrison

Keith Morrison, seen here in a 2018 photo, is a correspondent for NBC's newsmagazine Dateline. (Bebeto Matthews/Associated Press)

Before Keith Morrison was a correspondent on NBC's newsmagazine Dateline, he was a well-known television journalist in Canada.

The Saskatchewan-born newsman's television career started with CTV, before he joined CBC News in 1982 to work on The Journal.

Morrison was also among the original hosts of CBC's Midday when it launched in 1985.

Valerie Pringle and Keith Morrison are seen sitting together on the Midday set. (CBC Still Photo Collection)

The year after the Midday launch, Morrison moved to Los Angeles to work for NBC. And aside from a brief return home to work in Canada in the 1990s, he's been back with that network since 1995.

Elizabeth Palmer

Elizabeth Palmer is seen reporting for CBC's Venture back in 1989. (Venture/CBC Archives)

Elizabeth Palmer regularly visits some dangerous places as part of her work as a senior foreign correspondent with CBS News.

Based in London, the British-born Palmer travels all over the world, including to war zones, to do her reporting.

Earlier in her career, she worked for the CBC business program Venture, before reporting for CBC News in Latin America and then in Moscow, where she was the network's bureau chief in the Russian capital.

Dawna Friesen

Born in Manitoba, Dawna Friesen is seen here reporting from British Columbia for CBC in 1995. (Prime Time News/CBC Archives)

Dawna Friesen is familiar to Global TV viewers as the host of Global National, a position she has held since 2010.

But she was a reporter for CBC News in Regina starting in 1989, and in 1991 moved to reporting jobs at CBC in Vancouver and, soon after that, Toronto.

Friesen later spent several years as a correspondent and host for CTV News before leaving for NBC. 

She spent 11 years as an international correspondent with the American network, reporting from locations "across Europe and the Middle East," according to her biography on the Global News website.

John Blackstone

John Blackstone is seen appearing in a piece that ran on The National at the end of 1979, looking at how technology could affect our lives in the coming decade. (The National/CBC Archives)

Another CBC-er who ended up working at the similarly named news organization of CBS was John Blackstone.

Last November, Blackstone left the day-to-day work of reporting, after spending nearly four decades with CBS News, as a foreign correspondent and news reporter.

But before heading to the U.S., Blackstone spent his early years in journalism working for CBC News, reporting on various general news and political stories in Canada.

Alex Trebek

Alex Trebek did some newsreading when working at CBC, in addition to other duties on radio and television over the years. (Robert Ragsdale/CBC Still Photo Collection)

The man with all the answers on Jeopardy! used to be the voice that some CBC listeners heard reading news on the radio.

They also saw Alex Trebek's face on TV when he hosted a variety of programs on CBC-TV, including Music Hop, Reach for the Top and Strategy (a short-lived game show).

For the past 35 years, though, he's been hosting Jeopardy! And it seems to have been a pretty good gig.

Hilary Brown

Hilary Brown began her career reporting for CBC Television and Radio.  

Hilary Brown, in a CBC Television News report from Paris, in May 1965. (CBC News/CBC Archives)

Her career spanned several decades, reporting from around the world and for different news outlets.  

During the 1970s she worked for CBS, and she then became a correspondent for ABC News.  Her coverage of the fall of Saigon included a report which gained further fame when it was used in the Hollywood film The Deer Hunter.

After a time with NBC, she returned in the mid-1980s to the CBC, as a reporter and then anchoring the CBLT News. 

Hilary Brown, CBLT News Anchor, in the 1980s. (CBC Still Photo Collection)

She landed last at ABC News, and retired from there in 2009.

Morley Safer

Morley Safer is seen in a December 1963 photo. (CBC Still Photo Collection)

For decades, everyone who tuned into 60 Minutes on Sundays knew the face — and voice — of Morley Safer.

But many may not have known that Safer was a Canadian, who originally hailed from Toronto.

Born in 1931, Morley Safer started out in newspapers before joining CBC News when he was in his mid-20s.

He worked in his hometown for a bit, but also worked overseas as a foreign correspondent — once landing an interview with Robert Mugabe, the future leader of Zimbabwe.

In this July 23, 2009 file photo, "60 Minutes" correspondent Morley Safer leaves the funeral of Walter Cronkite in New York. (Henny Ray Abrams/Associated Press)

By the mid-1960s, he was at CBS News. That's where he would stay for the rest of his life and his long and accomplished career.

Peter Jennings

Peter Jennings is seen as a host on the CBC current affairs program The Public Eye in 1968, a gig he held at the same time he was employed as a correspondent for ABC News. (The Public Eye/CBC Archives)

It could be said that Peter Jennings was a son of the CBC: his father, Charles Jennings, was a CBC Radio pioneer in its early days.

Though he contributed to local Ottawa programs and the current affairs show Close-Up, the junior Jennings didn't spend much of his career at CBC.

He was scooped up by CTV in 1962, shortly after its launch as the country's second network. 

And not long after that, in 1965, he began working with ABC News, the network he would most closely become associated with.

He began anchoring the network's flagship news program in February 1965, at the age of 26, and worked as a correspondent and anchor until his death in 2005.      

Peter Jennings poses on the set of ABC's "World News Tonight" in New York in this Feb. 5, 2001 photo. Jennings became a U.S. citizen on May 30, 2003 at a ceremony in Manhattan. (Gino Domenico/Associated Press)

Lorne Greene

Before he won fame as the patriarch Ben Cartwright in the American TV western series Bonanza, Lorne Greene was the CBC radio announcer known as the "Voice of Canada" or "Voice of Doom." 

Lorne Greene at the CBC microphone. (National Archives of Canada PA-116178)

He earned the nickname for his imposing, deep-voiced delivery of the news from overseas to Canadians during the Second World War.

Greene left Canada in the early 1950s for drama roles in the U.S., having imparted some of his broadcasting knowledge to students at Toronto's Academy of Radio Arts, which he founded in 1946.

Greene's acting career did not end with Bonanza in 1973 — he made various appearances on subsequent TV programs, including a starring role as Commander Adama in Battlestar Galactica.

Lorne Greene, in his role as Ben Cartwright, on Bonanza, in 1961. (Associated Press)