the only news anchor worth watching has retired
Kevin Newman (born June 2, 1959) is a Canadian journalist and news anchor. Since 2001, he has been anchor of Global National, and currently also hosts Global's weekly newsmagazine series Global Currents.
Life and Career
Newman was born in Toronto, Ontario. He began his career in broadcasting at CHRW radio in London, Ontario, becoming the first news director and working on Western Mustangs football broadcasts as the campus station of the University of Western Ontario formally organized. After graduating, he landed his first job as a reporter for Global Ontario in 1981. In 1986, he moved to CTV as the network's parliamentary correspondent, and in 1988 he joined CBC Television as a reporter and anchor, hosting Midday from 1992 to 1994. He was also a substitute anchor on The National.
In 1994, Newman moved to ABC News in the United States, where he anchored World News Now until 1996 and served as a correspondent for World News Tonight. In 1998, he was named co-anchor, with Lisa McRee, of Good Morning America. The show, which had been struggling in the ratings, continued to perform poorly, and Newman was reassigned in 1999 to other reporting duties within ABC.
In 2001, Global Television launched Global National with Kevin Newman, and hired Newman as its first anchor and executive editor.
In 2004, Newman and Global National toured Canada on the Decision Canada election tour, in advance of the 2004 Canadian federal election. The other networks followed suit with their own version of the tour. Later in 2004, Newman was the only Canadian anchor to anchor coverage of the U.S. presidential election from the United States, as Global National broadcasted from the studios in the network's bureau in Washington.
Newman received the Gemini Award for Best News Anchor in 2005 and 2006. Newman, along with Global National's Kenton Boston, Doriana Temolo, Marc Riddell and Jason Keel won the Gemini Award for Best Newscast in 2007.
Newman also writes an online blog, and occasional columns which appear in the National Post.
In terms of ratings, Global National competes closely with CTV National News as the most-watched national newscast in Canada.
Newman will be leaving Global National on August 20, 2010. Dawna Friesen was named as his successor on July 13.
i'll probably watch his replacement although i would have picked the weekend host Carolyn Jarvis if the decision had been mine