About the Host


Rick MacInnes-Rae is the host and co-creator of the award-winning international affairs program Dispatches, which first went to air in January 2001.

It was his latest assignment in a thirty year career that's taken him to places like Albania, Bosnia, Chechnya, El Salvador, Haiti, Kosovo, Rwanda, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Zaire, Zimbabwe, covering breaking international news with clarity and compassion.

Rick was born in Montreal and grew up in Vancouver and Toronto. The CBC recruited him while he was still earning a journalism degree from Ryerson in 1976.

After postings in Newfoundland and New Brunswick, he returned to Toronto in 1981 to run the local newsroom. Soon he was a National Assignment Editor.

In 1984, Rick became a National Reporter with frequent secondments overseas and to the CBC's Washington bureau, where he covered events at the Reagan White House, including the Iran-Contra affair.

In 1993, Rick became the London correspondent for CBC Radio News. For the next six years his assignments took him from Ireland to India to Africa and all across Europe and the Middle East.

He has won numerous provincial, national and international awards for his work, including multiple citations from the Prix Bayeux, a competition in France recognising war correspondents who "excel under perilous conditions."