AWARD-WINNING JOURNALIST CHRISTIE BLATCHFORD DEAD AT 68

Christie Blatchford enjoyed a near-five-decade career in journalism, latterly as a reporting and opinion powerhouse at the National Post, where her work attracted a huge following.

AWARD-WINNING JOURNALIST CHRISTIE BLATCHFORD DEAD AT 68
Blatchford was best known for reporting and columns on criminal justice

Well-known national newspaper columnist Christie Blatchford has died at 68, according to the National Post, the daily newspaper she worked for.

The Quebec-born Blatchford, who also worked for the Globe and Mail and both the Toronto Sun and Star throughout her career, was diagnosed with late-stage lung cancer in the fall of 2019.

“We’ll miss her always,” her brother, Les Blatchford, said Wednesday morning. “She was a great gal.” READ MORE



DEAD AT 68: CHRISTIE BLATCHFORD WAS A TENACIOUS VOICE FOR VICTIMS, A THORN TO THE SMUG
Blatchford died this morning in a Toronto hospital, where a circle of close friends and family kept a bedside vigil

Christie Blatchford, a powerful public voice through nearly five decades of journalism, has died after being diagnosed with cancer in November.

Blatchford was one of Canada’s most prominent writers, having been a leading journalist at each of Toronto’s daily newspapers, a trailblazer for women in sports reporting, an award-winning war correspondent, and a columnist renowned for her vexing mix of toughness and tenderness. READ MORE


CHRISTIE BLATCHFORD: A LOOK BACK AT SOME OF HER FINAL WORK AT THE NATIONAL POST
Christie Blatchford dead at 68: Here, we take a look back at some of her memorable, most recent contributions at the Post

Christie Blatchford enjoyed a near-five-decade career in journalism, latterly as a reporting and opinion powerhouse at the National Post, where her work attracted a huge following.

Over the years, her award-winning work covered sports, war, the courts, crime and much more. Here, we take a look back at some of her memorable, most recent contributions.

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Christie’s final column was this one, dated Oct. 22, 2019, in which she expressed amazement that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had come through the federal election relatively unscathed (and re-elected), as well as no little dismay at the election performance of Andrew Scheer.

In November 2019, she had entered the Canadian News Hall of Fame, being inducted along with Lorrie Goldstein. READ MORE



ICONIC CANADIAN JOURNALIST CHRISTIE BLATCHFORD DIES AT AGE 68
Christie Blatchford has died in Toronto.

The respected Canadian journalist was diagnosed with cancer in November 2019; she had lung cancer that had metastasized to her spine and hip.

She died Wednesday morning in hospital at age 68.

In the same month as her diagnosis, Blatchford was inducted into the Canadian News Hall of Fame. She could not attend the ceremony, but her award was delivered to her hospital room by Mayor John Tory. READ MORE


POLITICIANS, JOURNALISTS REACT TO CHRISTIE BLATCHFORD’S DEATH
TORONTO — Veteran newspaper columnist Christie Blatchford, whose fiery polemics framed Canadian news for five decades, has died at 68.

Word of her death sparked an outpouring of online tributes from rival journalists, politicians of all persuasions and other prominent figures who enjoyed her searing wit, even if some had been on the receiving end of it.

Here are some reactions:

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TRIBUTES POUR IN FOR TRAILBLAZING JOURNALIST CHRISTIE BLATCHFORD
Topless golf, that phone book flung across the newsroom, a capacity for cussing to make a longshoreman blush: There are 6 million Christie Blatchford stories in the big city, and they will all live on.

Her death on Wednesday at 68 is a terrible loss to her family (especially to niece Jennifer Robinson, who nursed her throughout) and to the wider family of Blatchford’s readers across Canada.

The one positive thing in all this is that Blatchford had a chance to find out how she is loved and respected; as soon as word got out last fall that she had cancer, the whole world came calling. READ MORE

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