“Today Robert Fisher, our news anchor and provincial affairs specialist, signs off.”

From: Jennifer McGuire 

Date: 23 July 2015 at 12:51

Subject: Robert Fisher


Today Robert Fisher, our news anchor and provincial affairs specialist, signs off.  Robert has been in the business for almost a half century – an incredible feat in Canadian journalism.  His winning streak goes all the way back June 1967 – barely one month after the start of a different kind of streak by his beloved Toronto Maple Leafs.

Robert was born in Cornwall, Ontario, graduated from Algonquin College in Ottawa, and later received a Master of Journalism from Carleton.  He started in the privates in his home town, then to Hamilton and on to CJAD in Montreal where he worked for barely a week before covering the start of the FLQ Crisis.

Robert has worked for the CBC twice during his career, first at CBC Television, reporting on national, political and municipal politics before moving to Global Television.  During the last 14 years, he’s hosted the afternoon radio news in Toronto, anchored some top-notch news specials and served as our political affairs specialist to help analyze politics at all levels, but particularly at Queen’s Park, a beat he’s covered for decades.

Beyond his encyclopedic knowledge of politics, it is Robert’s wit and self-deprecating manner that have won over so many devoted followers.  To hear examples, I urge you to listen to the delightful and revealing interview he recently did with Mary Ito on Fresh Air. 

In a not so surprising testament to the respect that he commands, seven provincial premiers of all political stripes recently participated in a tribute to Robert.  From all of us here at CBC News Robert – Thank You.


Happy trails. 


Jennifer McGuire

General Manager and Editor in Chief

CBC News and Centres