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Terence McKenna

Terence McKenna

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CBC Correspondent Terence McKenna Terence McKenna's documentaries for CBC Television include Ground Zero, which marked the 50th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, in 1995; Handover in Hong Kong, in 1997; and Return to My Lai, in 1998. He has also reported extensively on Canadian and International politics.

In 1994, he narrated and wrote a five-and-a-half-hour CBC-TV documentary about the life and career of Pierre Trudeau, which won a Prix Gemeaux. In 1992, McKenna narrated and co-authored the controversial, six-hour CBC-NFB documentary series, The Valour and The Horror, for which he won a Gemini Award as Best Documentary Writer. The series won both the Gemini as Best Documentary and the French-language Prix Gemeaux as the best television program of the year.

McKenna won four ACTRA Awards for his journalistic expertise while with CBC Radio Sunday Morning. In 1978, he won the Best Public Affairs Broadcaster Award and, in 1979, was honoured as radio's Best Documentary Writer for Operation White Knight: The Annihilation of Jonestown, his reports of mass suicides in Guyana. In 1980, he won the Best Radio Program of the Year and Best Documentary Writer awards for The Aftermath of Jonestown.

McKenna moved to television in 1981, presenting documentaries on topics such as black-market adoptions, the political use of food during the Ethiopian famine and the search for Nazi war criminal Josef Mengele.

In 1986, McKenna's documentary The Heart Frontier won a science journalism award from the Canadian Science Writers' Association. In 1988, he co-authored a feature film, The Squamish Five, for CBC-TV Drama and, the same year, won the Anik Wilderness Award for The Killing Ground, a two-hour documentary about Canada's role in the First World War.

McKenna has directed several biography documentaries, including The Life and Times of Pope John Paul II, which won the Gold World Medal and the Grand Award for best documentary at the 2004 New York Festival.

Since before 9/11, he has been following Al Qaeda activities, first making a documentary about Ahmed Ressam and the "Millennium Plot" called "Trail of a Terrorist" which was broadcast around the world after 9/11, notably on the PBS documentary program "FRONTLINE". That documentary was a co-winner of the "Gold Baton" Dupont-Columbia Award, considered the highest broadcasting award in the United States. In 2002, he made another documentary about Al Qaeda activities in Europe called "The Recruiters". A third CBC documentary on the topic, "Son of al Qaeda" was also broadcast of PBS FRONTLINE in April and June, 2004.

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