Described as the calm, reassuring, informative voice of Canada, Peter Mansbridge has become one of the most respected journalists in the country and praised as ‘setting the platinum standard.’
You’ve known him as the award-winning anchor of CBC’s flagship news program The National and for his 30-year tenure as chief correspondent of CBC News, where his voice and insights came into our homes every night.
Mansbridge developed a reputation for helping us all get through the days together. He anchored major Canadian and international events, from the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Sept 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, to 13 Olympic Games, 34 Canada Day celebrations, 12 Remembrance Day ceremonies, four D-Day anniversaries, every visit by the Queen since 1970, three Royal weddings and two Royal funerals. He has covered every federal election since 1972 and anchored all ten since 1984. He has conducted an estimated 15,000 interviews, including Canadian and global leaders like Prime Ministers Mulroney, Trudeau and Chretien, hockey great Sidney Crosby, President Barack Obama, musician Gord Downie and so many more.
Today, he hosts a regular podcast called The Bridge where he reflects on the issues of the day, covering topics such as politics, public health, technology, and more. He’s developing documentary films, and has authored 3 books, including: his instant #1 bestselling biography Off the Record released in 2021; Extraordinary Canadians; and the national bestseller Peter Mansbridge One on One: Favourite Conversations and the Stories Behind Them. For fun, he may have a career in voiceovers after his role as co-anchor Peter Moosebridge in Disney’s Zootopia.
After an award-winning career with CBC spanning 50 years, Peter Mansbridge wrapped his 30-year tenure as chief correspondent of CBC News and anchor of The National on July 1, 2017. Mansbridge began his career in 1968 in Fort Churchill, Manitoba, where he helped develop CBC Radio’s news service to Northern Canada. In 1971, he moved to Winnipeg as a reporter for CBC Radio, and in 1972, joined CBC Television. He became The National’s reporter in Saskatchewan in 1975 and was named one of the program’s parliamentary correspondents in Ottawa in 1976 before being appointed chief correspondent and anchor in 1988.
During a decorated career, Mansbridge has received multiple national awards for excellence in broadcast journalism. He has received a dozen honorary degrees from universities across the country and has been recognized by leading universities in the United States and the United Kingdom. Named an officer of the Order of Canada in 2008, Mansbridge was also inducted into the Canadian News Hall of Fame and awarded a lifetime achievement honour by the RTDNA.