Christie Blatchford Bio – Wiki
Christie Blatchford was a Canadian newspaper columnist, journalist, and broadcaster. She published four non-fiction books. She was born on 20 May 1951, and from Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec. On 12 February 2020, Blatchford passed away at the age of 68.
There is some sad breaking news to bring you about a longtime NEWSTALK 1010 contributor. Christie Blatchford has died at the age of 68 after a short battle with cancer pic.twitter.com/oYmMz08myn
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She attended North Toronto Collegiate Institute, graduating in 1970. She then studied journalism at Ryerson University and worked for the student paper The Ryersonian.
Blatchford had a number of journalists in her family. Her grandfather, Andy Lytle was a sports writer and editor for the Vancouver Sun in the 1920s and again in the 1950s and a sports editor at the Toronto Daily Star in the 1930s and 1940s. Her uncle, Tommy Lytle, was a Toronto Star editor until his retirement in 1974.
She began working part-time for The Globe and Mail in 1972, while still studying journalism at Ryerson, and was hired full-time a year later, working as a sports reporter and then sports columnist at the paper from 1973 through 1977, where she was billed as Canada’s first female sports columnist and was at the time one of only six female sports reporters in North America.
Displeased when a Globe column was edited against her wishes, she then abruptly jumped to the competing Toronto Star, where she worked as a feature writer from 1977 to 1982 and began covering criminal trials in 1978, a beat she would return to throughout her career.
In 1998, Blatchford moved to the newly launched National Post. In 1999, she received the National Newspaper Award for column writing. She left the Post to return to The Globe and Mail in 2003, working as a columnist there for eight years.
During four trips to Afghanistan in 2006–07, she reported on the experiences of Canadian soldiers. Based on these experiences, she wrote the book Fifteen Days: Stories of Bravery, Friendship, Life and Death from Inside the New Canadian Army. The book went on to garner the 2008 Governor General’s Literary Award in Non-fiction.
Blatchford returned once again to the National Post in 2011 and would remain there for the rest of her career. She was also a frequent panelist, contributor and guest on CFRB radio for several decades.
After having to cut short her assignment covering the 2019 federal election campaign due to nagging muscle pain, Blatchford was diagnosed in November 2019 with lung cancer which was found to have metastasized to bones in the spine and hip by the time it was detected. Blatchford was inducted into the Canadian News Hall of Fame the same month but was unable to attend the ceremony.
She took leave from writing her column in order to undergo treatment at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and died of the disease after several months of surgeries and chemotherapy. She died in Toronto on 12 February 2020.