Kevin Newman is a distinguished national and international journalist who has been reporting for almost 30 years, covering or anchoring news stories in the midst of election nights, wars, revolutions and assassinations. He is the creator and anchor of CTV's former nighttime news program, Kevin Newman Live; a correspondent for the investigative series W5; and the former host of the long-running political program Question Period. On-stage, he takes audiences behind-the-scenes in the news business, and addresses the influence of advertising and profitability on news reporting.
Kevin rose to fame as one of Canada’s top national news anchors as the founding anchor and executive editor of Global National. During his decade at the helm, the program won multiple awards, going on to become Canada's most-watched newscast a short five years after its creation. In 2010, he retired from the broadcast to add acclaimed documentary film maker to his résumé.
In short order, Kevin aligned also himself with some of the most innovative and creative digital minds in Canada, earning the respect of many of the country’s leading technology pioneers. In fact, he was cited as "the traditional journalist in Canada who is doing more to build the next generation of journalism than anyone," by OpenText Chief strategist Tom Jenkins. Kevin is on the board of Directors of Canada’s leading digital media incubators: Communitech Innovation Hub (a joint venture of RIM, Open Text, Google and others) and the University of Waterloo Digital Media Campus. He first cut his teeth in the digital news world by leading the creation of the first Podcasts and Vodcasts of Global National. With an eye toward expanding the brand to younger viewers, his work won the recognition of multiple leading national publications for creating the first new successful news product in a generation in Canada.
He began his career with Global in 1981, and then moved to CTV National News where he worked as a parliamentary reporter and Atlantic Bureau Chief. He went on to CBC's The National and later became co-anchor of CBC Midday. Following CBC, Newman went on to ABC. There, he served as substitute anchor and correspondent for World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. In addition, he anchored ABC News Special Reports and covered Showdown with Saddam Hussein from Baghdad in 1997. His tenure with ABC also included co-hosting Good Morning America and serving as senior correspondent for Nightline with Ted Koppel.
Kevin’s long list of interviews includes such luminaries as Margaret Thatcher, Nelson Mandela, George Bush, Jimmy Carter and Lech Walesa. Among his many accolades, he has been honoured with multiple Gemini Awards for Best News Anchor/Best Newscast, two Emmy Awards for Outstanding News and Documentary Program Achievement and Breaking News Coverage, and a prestigious Peabody Award.