In this episode of the EdUp Canada podcast, host Michael Sangster interviews Peter Mansbridge, former host of the CBC National News. They discuss the importance of trust in journalism, the impact of misinformation and disinformation, and Mansbridge’s extensive career in broadcasting. Mansbridge shares insights from his new book, ‘How Canada Works,’ which profiles ordinary Canadians with essential jobs. The conversation also touches on the evolving landscape of media, the importance of debate within newsrooms, and the critical skills needed to succeed in journalism. Mansbridge highlights the significance of diverse professions in keeping Canada functioning and reflects on mentorship and leadership in his career. 

00:00 Introduction to EdUp Canada Podcast 

01:29 Meet Peter Mansbridge: A Broadcasting Legend 

02:22 The State of Journalism Today 

05:39 Challenges in Modern Media 

08:05 Peter Mansbridge’s Career Journey 

15:22 Unexpected Beginnings: From Airline to CBC 

19:57 How Canada Works: Insights from the Book 

20:00 The Unsung Heroes of Canada 

22:00 The Importance of Window Washers 

23:06 Diverse Professions Making Canada Work 

29:06 The Art of Journalism 

32:22 Skills for the Future 

35:52 Mentors and Their Impact 

40:06 Conclusion and Farewell 

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About our Guest

Peter Mansbridge is an award-winning journalist, a Distinguished Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto and a member of numerous boards and committees. 

He is best known for his five decades of work at the CBC where he was Chief Correspondent of CBC News and anchor of The National for thirty years. He has won dozens of awards for outstanding journalism, has thirteen honorary doctorates from universities in Canada and the United States, and received Canada’s highest civilian honour, the Order of Canada, in 2008. He is the former two-term Chancellor of Mount Allison University, now its Chancellor Emeritus, and is the President of Manscorp Media Services where his work includes documentary film production.