Journalist Knowlton Nash dead at 86

Knowlton Nash is pictured with daughter Francesca Mallin in this Nov. 5, 2002 file photo. (Joe...

Knowlton Nash is pictured with daughter Francesca Mallin in this Nov. 5, 2002 file photo. (Joe Warmington/QMI Agency)

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Legendary Canadian journalist Cyril Knowlton Nash died Saturday at age 86.

Best known as the longtime anchor of CBC's The National, Nash first started reporting for the Globe and Mail in the 1940s, where he served as the paper's British United Press Service bureau manager.

On Sunday, CBC's chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge, who assumed the anchor role for The National back in 1992, called Nash "a giant of Canadian journalism but he was so much more to so many.

"To his colleagues he was a true friend and a valued mentor, and to Canadians he was family - he was their "Uncle" Knowlton," Mansbridge said in a statement. "He did it all -- a correspondent through a turbulent decade of the sixties, a manager as television news came of age, and an anchor when the CBC launched its flagship hour. He made all of us proud to be a part of his team."

On Saturday night, Mansbridge had tweeted:

 

 

 

Nash joined the public broadcaster full time in 1969. During his time there, he interviewed Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara, and was one of the last reporters to interview Robert F. Kennedy before his assassination.

In 1978, he took on his post as chief correspondent for The National, a gig he held onto until 1988.

He leaves behind his wife of 40 years, former CBC host Lorraine Thomson.

 


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