Adrian Harewood, CBC radio and TV host, Ottawa

Adrian Harewood and I first met at the NFB in Ottawa in 1993. He was a student at McGill where he later graduated and became the Station Manager at CKUT (McGill’s community radio station). Seventeen years later he is married and  anchors the 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. news at CBC Television in Ottawa.

Harewood says that he doesn’t have a typical day. “With this new TV gig my workday now starts at 3:00 p.m. So normally during the day I try to go for a run or do some form of exercise, read various newspapers and websites, maybe watch a film, read a book, listen to radio programs on CBC, BBC, NPR, Democracy Now, Radio Pacifica, Radio Canada. I also listen to Christopher Lydon’s Open Source, and This American Life on Public Radio International. While I am doing housework I watch CBC TV, Radio-Canada, BBC, CNN.

Knowing how to make good use of his time, Harewood has advice for young journalists who would like to be where he is today. “Follow your passion,” Harewood says. “Be curious. Read widely. Be a sponge. Travel as much you can. Get out of your comfort zone, whatever that zone is. Learn some languages. Expose yourself to as many stories as you can be they radio documentaries or films or TV shows or ballads or magazine articles. Read poetry. Practice reading out loud. Check out some art. Ground yourself as much as you can in history and politics and philosophy and science. Don’t get complacent. Never be satisfied with what you think you know. Get to know your community. Get involved in community media (I am particularly biased towards community radio). Write something every day. Try to become as versatile as you can as a media practitioner.”

All this advice has helped Harewood to be who he is today. Five years from now he sees himself writing a lot more for newspapers and magazines and pursuing some book projects. He would also like to teach at some post-secondary institution. He would like to produce documentaries for radio and TV. — By Donna Kakonge

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