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2014 - Mark Kelley

Mark Kelley, BA 85, is the fifth estate's most recent addition to its investigative team, His award-winning career at the CBC spans more than two decades where, in addition to his fifth estate duties, he sits behind the anchor desk, often substituting for Peter Mansbridge on The National.

Mark graduated from our undergraduate program in 1985, a time when it did not offer broadcast training. He learned his skills on the job, first in radio then on television.

As Mark told the audience during his Reader's Digest lecture, entitled "Secrets, sources and scoops: Getting the story in the new age of investigative journalism," he intended to work in newspapers.

That would not be the case.

Mark's exemplary work has taken him across the globe. His first-hand accounts include stories ranging from Afghanistan to Egypt during the Arab Spring. Before joining the fifth estate, Mark hosted Connect, the CBC public affairs program that, according to the CBC's website, "highlighted the personal stories behind the day's headlines." As Distinguished Professor Emeritus and former chair Enn Raudsepp observed, "Mark's special talent is his ability to connect with the people he interviews so that he gets the full story . . . ." Not surprisingly, his work on Connect landed him the 2011 Gemini Award for Best Host or Interviewer. That Gemini is in addition to four others he has won.

The Department is very pleased to bestow upon Mark its "Distinguished Alumni Award."

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