Lloyd Robertson, LL.D., May 29, 2012
Lloyd Robertson
O.C.; LL.D. (Royal Roads)

Admired as one of the most trusted journalists in Canada, Lloyd Robertson is recognized for his dedication to informing and educating Canadian citizens through comprehensive and objective reporting.

With 35 years at the helm of the CTV National News, Mr. Robertson became one of longest-serving national news anchors in TV history, beating Dan Rather and Walter Cronkite to name but two colleagues. With unrivaled integrity, character and equanimity, Mr. Robertson has shaped the way generations of Canadians understood their country and its place in the world.

For over 60 years he reported to Canadians on events that mattered to them. He covered the election of nearly half of Canada’s Prime Ministers, and the death of four of them. He was there when the Berlin Wall rose, and he reported back to us when it fell. He covered the moon landing and the Gulf War. He informed us during Royal weddings, visits, deaths and a Jubilee. He covered two Quebec referendums, Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope, and nine Olympic Games.  Unflappable, Mr. Robertson was always there to tell us, in his signature sign-off, what kind of day it had been.

His career began in 1952 in Stratford, Ont., where he was an announcer and operator at CJCS Radio. Then he worked in radio in Guelph, Ont., before taking a job at the CBC in Winnipeg in 1956. Mr. Robertson read the CBC Weekend News from 1962 until 1970, when he became the anchor for CBC’s “The National”. In 1976 he left CBC to become a co-anchor for CTV’s national news program. In 1983 he became CTV’s chief news anchor and senior news editor. Mr. Robertson retired in 2011, a few years after being inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

Mr. Robertson is an Officer of the Order of Canada and the recipient of two Gemini Awards. He won the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Golden Ribbon Award for Broadcast Excellence in 1995/96, and he was voted most trusted TV journalist ten times by TV Guide Magazine. He’s the first journalist inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame and September 1 has been declared “Lloyd Robertson Day” in his hometown of Stratford, Ont.

Mr. Robertson’s commitment to Canada extends beyond the newsroom. He has co-anchored the annual Hospital for Sick Children Foundation’s telethon in Toronto for over a decade and he has served as the Honorary Chair for the Terry Fox Run. Even in the earliest days of his career, Mr. Robertson invested in community causes: a 1955 clipping from the Winnipeg Free Press notes that Mr. Robertson was lending his celebrity to a fundraising event at Winnipeg’s Rockwood School.

In 2006 he was given an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Royal Roads University in Victoria, B.C. Today he receives a Doctor of Laws Degree from the University of Manitoba, a school that celebrates Mr. Robertson’s trendsetting spirit and his role in Canadian society as an adamant defender of truth.

Lloyd Robertson