Fonds F0479 - Steve Paikin fonds

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Steve Paikin fonds

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2.37 m of textual records
16 audio reels
142 audio cassettes
4 videocassettes
15 micro cassettes

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Steve Paikin (1960-), journalist, producer and author, was born in Hamilton, Ontario and educated at the University of Toronto where he received his B.A., and Boston University where he received his M.Sc. in broadcast journalism. He has worked as a Queen's Park correspondent and anchor for CBLT, as host of a daily news program for CBC Newsworld, held reporting jobs for private radio and print media including the Hamilton Spectator and CHFI in Toronto, but is probably best known for his work with TVOntario. In September 2006, Paikin signed on with a new nightly current affairs program called "The Agenda with Steve Paikin." He began working at TVO in 1992 and was host of the political series "Between the Lines" from 1992 to 1994 and the Queen's Park magazine "Fourth Reading" from 1992 to 2006. In 1994, he became the co-host of the nightly current affairs programme "Studio 2." He began hosting "Diplomatic Immunity," a foreign affairs talk show on TVO in 1998. In addition to his work on television, Paikin has produced a number of feature length documentaries including "Return to the Warsaw Ghetto," "A Main Street Man," "Balkan Madness," "Teachers, Tories and Turmoil," and "Chairman of the Board: The Life and Death of John Robarts." Paikin is the author of "The Life: The Seductive Call of Politics" for which he interviewed numerous politicians at both the federal and provincial levels about their reasons for entering into politics, "The Dark Side: The Personal Price of Political Life," and "Public Triumph, Private Tragedy: The Double Lives of John P. Robarts." He has twice been nominated for a Gemini Award for his work as host of "Studio 2" and has won awards at a number of film festivals for his documentary on the Warsaw Ghetto.

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Fond consists of material that documents Paikin's personal and professional life with an emphasis on his work as a journalist, documentary filmmaker and author. It has been arranged into six series.

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Donated by Steve Paikin in 2005.


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The fonds comprises the following accession: 2005-022. Further accruals may be expected.

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2005/10/25 Sean Smith:. (Creation)
2005/10/25 Awaiting review by the Data Collection Archivist
2007/01/18 Michael Moir. Revisions to the biographical sketch as provided by Steve Paikin, 4 Jan 2007.
2014/07/22 Migrated to AtoM.
2020/03/26 KCP, N. Somerset. Added subject access points.
2021/10/04 A. Kang. Post-migration metadata clean up. Published description and generated finding aid.

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