Adrian joined Carleton’s School of Journalism and Communication in 2021. He completed a BA in Political Theory & History at McGill University and a MA in History at Carleton University.
Adrian has been a journalist for over a quarter century. He was the host of CBC Ottawa’s drive home radio show All in a Day for 3 years, and then the anchor of CBC Ottawa News at Six for 13 years. In 2017 he was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Interviewer, and in 2020 he won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Local Anchor. For 7 years Adrian hosted the CBC weekly cultural magazine show Our Ottawa.
Adrian has been the guest host of national programs on radio and television including The Current, As It Happens, Sounds Like Canada and The House, Counterspin, Hot Type and Power & Politics. He has hosted local and regional programs including Metro Morning and Ontario Morning and appeared on or hosted national shows like Spin Off and The Arts Tonight. Adrian was the host of a series of programs on BRAVO and PBS including Literati, The Actors, The Directors, Playwrights & Screenwriters. Adrian was also the host of CBC Radio’s 2010 FIFA World Cup Show.
He has interviewed Angela Davis, Salman Rushdie, Eduardo Galeano, Bill Clinton, Wayne Shorter, Bob Woodward, Gustavo Dudamel, Sarah Chang, Deepa Mehta, Hugh Masekela, Cassandra Wilson, Willie O’Ree, Tomson Highway, Tony Benn, Azar Nafisi, Naomi Klein, Ken Dryden, k-os, Alanis Obomsawin, Joy Kogawa, Jan Carew, David Sedaris, Jack Layton, Oliver Jones, Steven Pinker, Wanda Robson, Lawrence Hill, Barbara Gowdy, Hans Kung, Austin Clarke, Jim Cuddy, Frank Oz, Preston Manning, Andrea Levy, Branford Marsalis, Margaret Macmillan, Bob Moses, Ken Burns, David Suzuki, Esi Edugyan, Al Green, Malcolm Gladwell, Chris Hedges, Femi Kuti, Tariq Ali, Adrienne Clarkson, Chuck Klosterman, Mary Walsh, Romeo Dallaire, Wade Davis, Measha Brueggergosman, Tom Green, Dick Gregory, Niall Ferguson, Richie Havens, Lyle Lovett, John Irving, Dionne Brand, Conrad Black and Donald Trump.
Adrian has a long history working in campus/community radio. He was the station manager of CKUT-Radio McGill and has been a programmer at CHUO-University of Ottawa, CKCU-Radio Carleton and the former CKLN 88.1FM at Toronto Metropolitan University.
Adrian’s academic interests include the History of Black Canadian Journalism, the History of the Black American Press, the US Civil Rights Movement, Community Radio, Sports Journalism, Journalism in Community Building and Development, Journalism in Carceral Spaces and Human Rights Journalism.
Adrian created the Carleton Journalism School’s first-ever course focused on race, a graduate seminar called Journalism, Race and Diversity. He also created the first course in Canada devoted to the study of the History of Black Canadian Journalism. He teaches the Video Journalism course and the fourth-year course Journalism Now and Next.
Adrian is a member of the Canadian Association of Journalists, the Canadian Association of Black Journalists, and the National Association of Black Journalists. He sits on the editorial board of the University of Ottawa Press and is a board member of Journalists for Human Rights.