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Sunday, June 8, 2014
Robert Fife adds to investigative journalism awards 'storytelling at its best'
Robert Fife has added to his awards as one of the top investigative journalists in Canada.
In 2014 he had already won the Don McGillivray Prize from the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) for investigative journalism for his work on uncovering the Senate expenses scandal.
On June 7, he picked up two more awards on behalf of CTV News from RTDNA the Association of Electronic Journalists, for his coverage of the Senate expenses scandal.
Twitter comments about Bob after the awards at the RTDNA conference were announced included, "Storytelling at its finest" and "tremendous and groundbreaking work on Senate scandal".
Born and raised in Chapleau, Ontario, Bob is the son of the late Margaret and Clyde Fife. He attended Chapleau Public and Chapleau High schools, then graduated from the University of Toronto before launching his career in journalism He is currently the Ottawa Bureau Chief for CTV News and host of CTV News 'Question Period'.
In 2013, with Philip Ling, the CTV Ottawa news producer, Bob won the CAJ Open Television Under Five Minutes category on the XL Foods tainted meat scandal.
CTV said that the story which aired in Ocober 2012 uncovered repeated citations for deficient safety standards for XL Foods, adding that the canadian meat packing company came under fire in 2012 after E.coli was detected in some of their products. The CTV report found that U.S. officials had warned XL Foods for years about safety issues at their plants.
At the Chapleau High School 90th anniversary reunion festival in 2012, Bob participated in the ecumenical service.
In the 1980s, Maclean's magazine named Bob as the best investigative reporter in Canada. He has also won other awards.
A PERSONAL NOTE FROM MJM
I extend my personal congratulations to Bob on his continued success. I taught Bob when he was a student at Chapleau High School; acted in a play with him and directed him in others; coached him when he played Midget hockey, and answered his questions about being a reporter.
Chapleau has produced many great citizens and Bob is certainly among them. He has done his parents,(my friends the late Margaret and Clyde Fife); Chapleau and Canada proud!.
Bob, despite his success never forgets that we are all "citizens of the village".