Carol Off is one of Canada’s best known and most admired journalists. After graduating from Western, Off freelanced for a number of years, then became the Ottawa correspondent for CBC Radio’s current affairs program, Sunday Morning. This was followed by a series of positions with CBC, culminating in her current position as host of As It Happens.
Other major events she has covered include the Meech Lake Constitutional Accord, the Canada/US Free Trade Agreement, the Montreal Massacre, the Gulf War, the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster, the wars in the former Yugoslavia, the fallout from events of 9/11, as well as Canadian military missions around the world.
Off is also the author of three books of non-fiction: The Ghosts of Medak Pocket; The Lion, The Fox and The Eagle; and Bitter Chocolate.
In her letter of support for Off’s nomination, author Joan Barfoot says the purpose of journalism is to tell people about the lives of other people so that we can all understand better the conditions and connections of our world.
“Carol Off is one of the relatively few journalists and authors who actually manage to hold that thought and purpose throughout their careers, calmly and purposefully transmitting the stories of humans to other humans,” says Barfoot.
Off has won numerous awards for her work in both television and radio including a Gemini Award, two gold medals from the New York Festival of Television, several awards and citations from the Columbia Television awards and from the National Radio and Television Association.
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