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Pierre Berton

Pierre Berton, Canadian journalist, author. Past chairman Heritage Canada Foundation Captain Canada Army, 1942-1945. Member Authors League American, Heritage Canada, Association Canada Radio and television Artists (award for integrity in broadcasting 1972, award for public affairs 1977), Writers Union Canada.

Background

  • Berton, Pierre was born on July 12, 1920 in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. Son of Francis George and Laura (Thompson) Berton.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, University British Columbia, 1941. Doctor of Letters (honorary), University British Columbia, 1985. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Prince Edward Island, 1973.

      Doctor of Laws (honorary), Dalhousie University, 1978. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Brock, 1981. Doctor of Laws (honorary), York University, 1974.

      Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Windsor, 1981. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Athabasca, 1982. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Victoria, 1983.

      Doctor of Laws (honorary), McMaster University, 1983. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Alaska, 1984. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Royal Military Institute, 1985.

      Doctor of Laws (honorary), Waterloo University, 1988. Doctor of Laws(honorary), Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, 2002. Doctor of Laws(honorary), University Western Ontario, London, Ontario, 2002.

    Career

    • City editor Vancouver (British Columbia) News Herald, 1941-1942. Feature writer Vancouver Sun, 1946-1947. Successive positions to managing editor Maclean's Magazine, Toronto, Ontario, 1947-1958.

      Host The Pierre Berton Show, 1963-1973. Contributing editor Maclean's Magazine, 1963. Associate editor, daily columnist Toronto Daily Star, 1958-1962.

      Columnist Toronto Star, 1991-1994. Television panelist Front Page Challenge, Canadian Broadcasting Company, 1957-1995. Chancellor Yukon College, 1988-1993.

    Works

    • The Wild Frontier: More Tales from the Remarkable Past
    • Canada’s wild frontier — a land unsettled and unknown, a land of appalling obstacles and haunting beauty — comes to life through seven remarkable individuals, including John Jewitt, the young British seaman who became a slave to the Nootka Indians; Dr.
    • Robert Moses: The Master Builder of New York City
    • THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! From the subway to the skyscraper, from Manhattan’s financial district to the Long Island suburbs, every inch of New York tells the story of one man’s mind: Robert Moses, the architect who designed it all.
    • Robert Moses: The Master Builder of New York City
    • THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! From the subway to the skyscraper, from Manhattan’s financial district to the Long Island suburbs, every inch of New York tells the story of one man’s mind: Robert Moses, the architect who designed it all.
    • Robert Moses: The Master Builder of New York City
    • THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! From the subway to the skyscraper, from Manhattan’s financial district to the Long Island suburbs, every inch of New York tells the story of one man’s mind: Robert Moses, the architect who designed it all.

    Membership

    Past chairman Heritage Canada Foundation Captain Canada Army, 1942-1945. Member Authors League American, Heritage Canada, Association Canada Radio and television Artists (award for integrity in broadcasting 1972, award for public affairs 1977), Writers Union Canada.

    Connections

    • Married Janet Walker, 1946. Children: Penny, Pamela, Patricia, Peter, Paul, Peggy Anne, Perri, Eric.
    Pierre Berton
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    Born July 12, 1920
    Died November 30, 2004
    (aged 84)
    • 1941
      University British Columbia
    • 1985
      University British Columbia
    • 1973
      University Prince Edward Island
    • 1978
      Dalhousie University
    • 1981
      University Brock
    • 1974
      York University
    • 1981
      University Windsor
    • 1982
      University Athabasca
    • 1983
      University Victoria
    • 1983
      McMaster University
    • 1984
      University Alaska
    • 1985
      Royal Military Institute
    • 1988
      Waterloo University
    • 2002
      Lakehead University
    • 2002
      University Western Ontario
    • 1941 - 1942
      City editor Vancouver (British Columbia) News Herald
    • 1946 - 1947
      feature writer, Vancouver Sun
    • 1947 - 1958
      successive positions to managing editor Maclean's Magazine
      Toronto, Ohio, United States
    • 1957 - 1995
      television panelist Front Page Challenge
    • 1958 - 1962
      associate editor
    • 1963 - 1973
      host The Pierre Berton Show
    • 1963
      contributing editor Maclean's Magazine
    • 1991 - 1994
      columnist Toronto Star
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