Peter Stursberg, former CBC correspondent, dead at 101
Radio reporter was 1st correspondent to cover Canadian troops in action in the Second World War
Peter Stursberg, CBC Radio's correspondent during the Second World War, has died at age 101, his son Richard Stursberg said today.
Peter Stursberg saw first-hand the liberation of Holland from Nazi occupation, and was one of the last reporters in Adolf Hitler's bunker.
"People remember my voice, and the voice of Matt Halton and others who covered the war," Stursberg said of his reporting. "It made them feel like they were much closer to events than reading about it in the newspaper."
Stursberg turned 101 on Sunday.
"We are very sad to hear about the passing of Peter Stursberg," said Jennifer McGuire, editor-in-chief of CBC News. "His reporting brought the war home and brought Canadians to the front-lines of Europe. Peter Stursberg helped pave the way for a generation of war correspondents who continue to risk their lives so we can better understand our world."
Stursberg's son, Richard, was head of CBC's English services from 2004-2010.