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Rosemary Thompson is one of Canadaʼs best known journalists. She has covered some of the biggest stories of our generation as a correspondent for CTV and CBC.
She was named CTVʼs Montreal Bureau Chief during the 1990s, a period of political turmoil in Quebec. During the referendum campaign in 1995, she had a seat on the referendum bus for 37 days and followed former Québec Premier Jacques Parizeau, and the former leader of the Bloc Québécois, Lucien Bouchard. She has covered national politics for more than 20 years as a journalist in Winnipeg, Montréal, Washington, and Ottawa.
Mrs. Thompson has reported on the careers of five Prime Ministers and has covered seven election campaigns as a field reporter. Her work has allowed her to travel the world, to Europe and Asia, Latin America and across the United States.
After all of that time on the road, Mrs. Thompson believes sheʼs seen nearly every corner of Canada.
As the first woman ever named Washington correspondent for CTV in 2000, she covered the contested election between Al Gore and George W. Bush. She knows the difference between a “pregnant chad” and a “hanging chad”. On the morning of September 11, 2001, Mrs. Thompson was on the lawn of the White House and covered the terrorist attacks and their aftermath.
Mrs. Thompson has received numerous awards for her work, from the New York Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (The Emmy Awards) for her reporting during September 11th, from the Radio Television News Directors Association, and her documentary on the Dionne Quintupletʼs trust fund was nominated for a Gemini Award. In 2010 she received a lifetime achievement award from Canadaʼs National Press Club. She will receive the Leadership Excellence Award at WCT’s Annual Awards Ceremony and Gala at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier in Ottawa on April 7, 2014.
Mrs. Thompson joined the National Arts Centre in 2009 as the Director of Communications and Public Affairs, and Corporate Secretary. Since her arrival she has coordinated a Royal Visit to the NAC, when the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh unveiled a statue of Canadian jazz great, Oscar Peterson.
She is married and has two children. She is fluently bilingual.