PANELLIST

Tom Clark

Chairman
Global Public Affairs, Ottawa

After growing up in a family of journalists Tom Clark’s journalism career began at the age of 18 when he worked for a freelance

company covering Parliament Hill. That was 1971. A year later he had a full time job with CFCF in Montreal. From there he has become one of Canada’s leading broadcast journalists reporting on local, national and international stories that have shaped Canada and the world. Setting his work apart from everything else is his warm personality, unique perspective and excellent storytelling.

Tom has spent much of his career travelling the world, reporting from 33 countries including six active war zones - most recently Afghanistan. He was the only Canadian journalist who made it into Belgrade to witness the bombing of Yugoslavia. He was in Berlin the night the wall came down, in Moscow’s Red Square when the hammer and sickle was lowered for the last time, and in Tiananmen Square the night the Chinese army attacked.

In the early 1980s, Clark was the bureau chief in CTV’s Beijing bureau in China, where he became one of the first Western journalists to report from Tibet. He also was the only Western journalist to get an interview with the son of Chinese leader Deng Xiao Ping, during which he uncovered a previously secret connection of that family to Canada.

For 8 years he served as senior correspondent of W-Five. His hard-hitting investigations were recognized and honoured internationally as well as domestically.

At home he has covered every federal election since 1974 and interviewed every prime minister since Pierre Trudeau.

In 2004 he moved south of the border as CTV’s Washington correspondent. While there he secured an interview with U.S. President George W. Bush – the only Canadian journalist to do so.

Outside his daily work duties Clark has been a mentor to younger journalists in his network – from travelling across Canada giving workshops within CTV, to lending an ear to anyone in the newsroom who might have a question Clark has set himself apart as a leader in the newsroom willing to coach coworkers through new and difficult situations.

Clark’s work continues as chief political correspondent for Global National, and host of the weekly political program The West Block with Tom Clark. The show first went to air two-and-a-half years ago but under Clark’s influence it quickly became the most-viewed TV political talk show in Canada. Clark has taken the show out of Ottawa across the country – leaving the bubble of Parliamentary politics to take the issues closer to Canadians.