Monday, June 23, 2014

Veteran Ottawa journalist Arch MacKenzie dead at 88

Arch MacKenzie, a legendary journalist who oversaw the Ottawa bureau of The Canadian Press during some of the most tumultuous political events of the 1970s and 1980s, died Monday. He was 88.
During his time in Ottawa, MacKenzie was regarded as a model boss, and was a powerful influence on a generation of reporters.
He kept active in retirement, serving as a judge for the Michener awards for public service journalism, and as an executive member of the board of the Michener Awards Foundation.
MacKenzie was born in Regina on March 13, 1926. He joined The Canadian Press news agency in the early 1950s, but was fired during a failed effort to unionize the news service. He ended up working for Reuters in London, England. While in London, he was rehired by Gil Purcell, then head of CP and noted for his penny-pinching.
Full CP obit

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