Tom Clark (journalist)

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Tom Clark is a Canadian television journalist. He has been a substitute anchor for CTV National News, and host of Power Play, a political program on CTV News Channel. He is currently the chief political correspondent for Global News, and host of their political program The West Block.[1]

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Personal

Clark was born in the early 1950s (1952 or 1953) and raised in Toronto and graduated from Upper Canada College in 1971.[2] He is fluently bilingual.[3] Clark went to Carleton University to study journalism, but left for a news job in Montreal.[4]

Clark comes from a family of journalists. His great-grandfather Joseph T. Clark was managing editor of the Toronto Star and Saturday Night, his grandfather was a reporter for the Toronto Star, his father was the founder of Canada NewsWire, and his great-uncle Gregory Clark was an acclaimed writer and journalist with both the Toronto Star and the Toronto Telegram.

Besides journalism, Clark is a licensed pilot and flies a floatplane.[5]

Career

Clark served as CTV's China Bureau Chief in 1983-85. He was among the first to cover the Ethiopian famine in 1984, was in Berlin in 1989 to witness the fall of the wall, and was the only Canadian reporter in Yugoslavia when NATO launched aerial war against Serbia in 1999. In all Clark has covered six theatres of war. He was the first Canadian Journalist to ever interview U.S President George W. Bush one on one on television. He also hosted, and served as senior correspondent on CTV's W-FIVE for eight years. He has covered every federal election since 1974.

On September 7, 2010 CTV announced that Clark was leaving the network to pursue other opportunities.[6] He had been considered one of the frontrunners to succeed Lloyd Robertson as CTV National News anchor; with his departure coming shortly after Lisa LaFlamme was named Robertson's successor, it was widely speculated that Clark's departure was tied to having been passed over.[7] However, Clark later said that he was "neither angry nor bitter" about the choice of LaFlamme, and that CTV decided to buy out his contract. [8]

On September 1, 2011, Clark was appointed chief political correspondent for Global Television Network.

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