Joanne MacDonald to receive RTDNA Canada Lifetime Achievement honour


Joanne MacDonald is the 2019 recipient of the RTDNA Canada Lifetime Achievement Award in the Central Region.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Radio and Television from Ryerson University in 1981, MacDonald started in the news business in radio as an operator and producer at CJRT-FM and CJCL-AM Toronto.

She transitioned to television as a story producer for Canada AM in 1983, and then to field producing for CTV National News in 1989. From there, she headed to Ottawa, where she became the bureau manager and then Deputy Ottawa Bureau Chief for CTV News. Later returning to Toronto, MacDonald continued to ascend the ranks, ultimately to the role of Vice-President, CTV News where she oversaw day-to-day operations and strategic vision for CP24 and CTV News Toronto.

MacDonald actively contributes to the professional development of young journalists and sits on the Advisory Council for her alma mater at the Ryerson School of Journalism.

MacDonald will receive her award during the RTDNA President’s Reception in Toronto on May 10.  

Connie Thiessen
Connie Thiessen
Connie has worked coast-to-coast as a reporter, editor, anchor and host at CKNW and News 1130 in Vancouver, News 95.7 and CBC in Halifax, and CFCW Edmonton, among other stations. With a passion for music, film and community service, she led News 95.7 to a 2013 Atlantic Journalism Award and regional RTDNA award for Best Radio Newscast. More recently, she was nominated for Music Journalist of the Year at Canadian Music Week 2019. To report a typo or error please email -

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