Trumping the Media: The Two Sides of Fake News from Davis to Ford

Wed Mar 13, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

“There are not that many of us who started on a typewriter and ended their reporting days on Twitter”.

Robert Fisher is a well respected journalist who is best known for his work in TV and radio. Mr. Fisher will offer a frank and refreshing view of Ontario provincial politics from the vantage point of almost five decades of political reporting for both the CBC and Global TV on all things Queen's Park

As a journalism student in the 1960s, Robert Fisher wrote his master's thesis on the then-emerging phenomenon of women in politics. He started in radio in 1967 at CHWO, Oakville. His big break came in 1970 when he was hired by CJAD, Montreal where among other stories he covered 1976 Olympics and the 1970 "October Crisis." He left a year later to pursue a Master of Journalism degree at Carleton University in Ottawa.

Mr. Fisher worked for CBC Television in the 1980s as a Queen's Park reporter and host of Dateline Ontario for CBLT, until taking a job with the Global Television Network in 1988. While at Global, he hosted and produced the weekend program Focus Ontario on in the 1980s and 1990s, described by the Globe and Mail as a "must watch" for those interested in Ontario politics.

He served on a number of the journalist's panels for election debates from the late 80s to 1999 for both CBC and Global. As well, he appeared as an analyst for the network's coverage of the federal elections in 1988, 1993 and 1997.He was fired from Global in 2000 after criticizing what he perceived as the network's shift toward infotainment reporting.

Mr. Fisher returned to CBC Radio shortly thereafter. He was an afternoon news anchor on CBC Radio One's station in Toronto, appeared on the network's Ontario stations as a political analyst, continued to anchor provincial election coverage for that service in 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2014, and filed occasional science news reports, under the pseudonym "Dr. Robert", for the network's flagship interview program As It Happens. 

Fisher has taught journalism law and ethics at Centennial College and radio and television news at Ryerson University.

Admission: $10 per person

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to a local conservation organization. 

Fish Hatchery at 6712 Gelert Rd. Haliburton, Ontario.
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