“It is my honour to see Sandie Rinaldo inducted into the RTDNA Canada Hall of Fame. She has been an inspiration to young journalists for 50 years, asking the tough questions, earning trust, and paving the way for women in the news business.”
– Lis Travers, President, RTDNA Canada
For more than 35 years, Sandie Rinaldo has been the weekend anchor for CTV NATIONAL NEWS, Canada’s most-watched national newscast. In addition to her role behind the desk, Rinaldo heads into the field to report stories for Canada’s most-watched documentary series, W5.
Every weekend, Rinaldo takes viewers through the major news events making headlines at home and around the world while focusing on the angles that are most important to Canadians.
Rinaldo has received national recognition for her stories, earning a multitude of prestigious awards and nominations. In 2018, she was honoured with the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Lifetime Achievement Award for her distinguished service to broadcast journalism. Rinaldo earned the 2017 RTDNA Dave Rogers National Award for Best Long Feature for W5’s “In Their Footsteps.” She is a two-time recipient of the Trina McQueen Award for Best Television News Information Program, having been recognized for W5’s “Lifetime Penalty/The Ringmaster” in 2017 and “Leave it to Bieber”/ “Nightmare on Quebec Street” in 2011. In a special presentation, Rinaldo was honoured by the Durham Regional Police for W5’s “Predator’s Playground” in 2014. Her many additional honours include the 2005 Canadian Veterinary Award for the feature “Never Give Up,” and the 2001 Canadian Association of Journalism Award for Best Overall Newscast, which she shared with Lloyd Robertson.
In May 2023, Rinaldo marked 50 years with CTV, having first walked through the door of the network on May 6, 1973, one week after graduating from York University, where she earned an Honours B.A. in Fine Arts. In that first year, Rinaldo jumped from Junior Secretary to Production Secretary to Production Manager, and then became a researcher for W5.
Rinaldo joined CTV’s CANADA AM in 1976 as a story producer specializing in federal and provincial politics. In 1977, Rinaldo was appointed Reporter-at-Large for CANADA AM, a position that saw her regularly traveling everywhere from Vancouver to Cape Breton to the Middle East. In 1980, Rinaldo was promoted to News Anchor of CANADA AM, earning her the distinction of being the first woman in Canadian history to anchor a daily network newscast.