Journalism: Into the Future – The 18th Annual Kesterton Lecture with Peter Mansbr...

When: Tuesday, March 21st, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm — 8:30 pm
Location:Richcraft Hall, Atrium Level Conference Room


At a time when the news media faces unprecedented challenges on all fronts, the work of journalists has never been more crucial.

Journalism: Into the Future

The 18th Annual Kesterton Lecture with Peter Mansbridge

Followed by a Q & A moderated by Jennifer Ditchburn, editor-in-chief of Policy Options

Presented by the School of Journalism and Communication

Doors open 6:30 p.m.

Lecture 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Reception to follow

Seating is limited, so please register for this free event


As chief correspondent of CBC News, Peter Mansbridge anchors CBC’s flagship nightly news program, The National, and all CBC News specials. He also hosts CBC News Network’s Mansbridge: One on One.

Mansbridge began his career in 1968 in Fort Churchill, Man., where he helped develop CBC Radio’s news service to Northern Canada. In 1971, he moved to Winnipeg as a reporter for CBC Radio, and in 1972, joined CBC Television. He became The National’s reporter in Saskatchewan in 1975, and, in 1976, was named one of the program’s parliamentary correspondents in Ottawa. He became chief correspondent and anchor of The National in 1988.

In more than 40 years with CBC News, Mansbridge has provided comprehensive coverage of the most significant stories in Canada and around the world. He’s interviewed countless international leaders, and has the distinction of being the only Canadian journalist to have interviewed U.S. President Barack Obama.

During a decorated career, Mansbridge has received more than a dozen national awards for excellence in broadcast journalism. He has received nine honorary degrees from universities across the country and has been recognized by leading universities in the United States and the United Kingdom.

In 2008, Mansbridge was made an officer of the Order of Canada by Gov. Gen. Michaëlle Jean. In 2009, he was named Chancellor of Mount Allison University in New Brunswick. In 2015 he was named as a Member of the Canadian News Hall of Fame.


Jennifer Ditchburn is the editor-in-chief of Policy Options, the online magazine of the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP).  An award-winning journalist, she spent more than two decades covering national and parliamentary affairs for The Canadian Press and for CBC Television.

She is a three-time winner of a National Newspaper Award, and the recipient of the prestigious Charles Lynch Award for outstanding coverage of national issues. Jennifer is a frequent contributor to television and radio public affairs programs, including CBC’s Power and Politics and the At Issue panel on The National.

She holds a bachelor of arts from Concordia University, and a master of journalism from Carleton University. She is the co-editor with Graham Fox of the 2016 book The Harper Factor: Assessing a Prime Minister’s Policy Legacy (McGill-Queen’s University Press). Jennifer’s research on the history of the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery appeared in the 2016 book Sharp Wits & Busy Pens (Hill-Times Publishing).