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CBC correspondent Joe Schlesinger retires after 40 years

The Story


After 40 years as a reporter, CBC correspondent Joe Schlesinger is retiring. In 1994, he's the network's chief political correspondent in Ottawa, but he has a long and varied history. In this interview, Schlesinger joins Midday co-host Kevin Newman to talk about his childhood and his time as a foreign correspondent for CBC. Schlesinger describes in particular the personal vindication he felt returning to Prague in 1989 to report on the fall of communism.  

Medium: Television
Program: Midday
Broadcast Date: June 27, 1994
Hosts: Tina Srebotnjak, Kevin Newman
Guest: Joe Schlesinger
Duration: 9:34

Did You know?


• Joe Schlesinger was born May 11, 1928, in Vienna, Austria. He was raised in Czechoslovakia, and in 1939, he and his brother left under a program which placed mostly Jewish children from Czechoslovakia and other countries including Poland, Germany and Austria, in British foster homes. Schlesinger's own parents died in the Holocaust.

• On June 9, 2009, Schlesinger was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Canadian Journalism Foundation.  


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