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Dave Biro

Dave Biro, 70, on Aug. 23 after a long bout with cancer. Biro got his start in journalism writing for The Vancouver Province, while still attending high school at Burnaby North Secondary. After studying at the Columbia Academy of Broadcasting, he started his broadcasting career in 1973, reading news at stations including CFVR Abbotsford, CJIB Vernon, and CKIQ Kelowna. He landed at CKNW in New Westminster in 1978, before moving into television in 1980 at CKVU-TV Vancouver, first as assignment editor and then news director where he won a Peabody Award in 1987 for the documentary, Aids and You. In 1988, he returned to radio briefly at CKWX as news director, before going back to television to serve as the assignment editor and senior news producer at CHEK-TV Victoria. After a two-year detour serving as a provincial ministerial assistant under the NDP government of Dan Miller, Biro joined CBC Radio in Victoria as an associate producer and host, before taking up the role of assignment editor at CTV Vancouver Island. After 10 years, he semi-retired in 2015, continuing to work with CBC as a casual news reader. In 2011, Biro was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Radio-Television News Directors Association.