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Call Number: MSS 87, TC 62, PC 231 (A.97-79, A.98-23, A.98-59, A.00-32, A.01-12, A.02-01, A.03-03, A.04-01, A.04-86, A.04-121, A.05-15, A.05-69, A.06-01, A.06-24, A.07-01, A.08-03)

Title: Peter Warren fonds.

Dates: 1967-2007.

Extent: 23.82 m of textual records and other material.

Photo of Peter Warren at CJOB

Biographical sketch: Peter Warren was born in London, England 1941. He attended Reigate Grammar School, Dulwich College and Tooting and Mitcham School of Journalism. Warren started his career in 1956 with the Sports Reporting Agency Inc. He wrote for the Saint John, New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal in 1958, for the Boston Record, the Calgary Herald and the Hong Kong Star in 1966, and the Winnipeg Tribune in 1966. In 1968 he was made City Editor of the Tribune. Warren is best known in Winnipeg for his social action talk show on CJOB radio's "Action Line", that ran from 1971-1998. In 1999 he relocated to Victoria, British Columbia where he hosted a national radio program over CKNW. Peter Warren resigned from his National Radio Program in March 2006 to turn to investigations of cold-case murder files.

Custodial history: The fonds was donated to Archives & Special Collections by Peter Warren in several instalments beginning in 1987.

Scope and content: The collection contains correspondence covering the years 1967 to 2006 including thousands of letters from politicians, prominent organizations, and private citizens about virtually every major social and political issue in Winnipeg history over a 25 year period. There are news reports and private responses to Warren regarding his radio program and his columns in the form of clipping files. Two court cases are included as are Warren's newspaper articles which begin in 1957 and continue through to 1986. His Winnipeg Tribune and the Winnipeg Sun columns are complete collections with the exception of the early Tribune "showcase", 1966 and 1967. The collection also contains a large number of original tape recordings of Warren's interviews with noted Manitobans as aired on CJOB's "Where Are They Now" radio program for twenty years, research, subject files and correspondence (including e-mail) from listeners of Peter Warren's radio program, CJOB's "Action Line". The most recent accession consists of Warren's editorial comments for his National Radio show and letters from and occasionally to his listeners for the years 2000 to 2007. The fonds also contains research material sent to Warren to use on his show. Some correspondence dealing with Thomas Sophonow and Betty Granger will be of particular interest to Manitobans.

Restrictions: There are no restrictions. One folder is marked confidential.

Accruals: Further accruals to this fonds are expected.

Finding aid: Printed finding aids are available in the Archives reading room and electronic finding aids are available at the link below:

Mss 87, Tc 62 (A.97-79, A.98-23, A.98-59, A.00-32, A.01-12, A.02-01, A.03-03, A.04-01, A.04-86, A.04-121)

Mss 87, Tc 62, PC 231 (A.05-15, A.05-69, A.06-01, A.06-24, A.07-01, A.08-03)

Link to website - Peter Warren Investigative Journalism