Iconic Canadian Journalist
National Affairs Writer for The Toronto Star
Weekly Participant on CBC’s At Issue Panel
Chantal Hébert is a national affairs writer for the Toronto Star based on Parliament Hill, a guest columnist with the Montreal daily Le Devoir and for the magazine L’Actualité and a member of the CBC’s The National‘s weekly At Issue panel.
Hébert is a regular participant in a number of French-language television and radio current affairs shows. Prior to taking her position, Hébert started her career in 1975 in Toronto working for Radio-Canada television news.
She has served as parliamentary bureau chief for La Presse and Le Devoir as well as a parliamentary radio correspondent for Radio-Canada.
Hébert is the 2005 recipient of APEX’s Public Service Citation as well as the 2006 recipient of the Hyman Solomon award for excellence in journalism and public policy.
She is a Senior Fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto. As part of the Asia Pacific Foundation Fellowship program, she has traveled extensively to Japan, South-East Asia and Hong Kong.
Hébert penned her first book, French Kiss: Stephen Harper’s Blind Date with Quebec, published by Knopf Canada in Feburary 2007. Born and raised in Ontario, Hébert was educated at Glendon College, York University. She holds honourary doctorates from Bishops University and York University. She is also a member of the Order of Canada.
Either as part of a panel or as a keynote speaker, Hebert examines the front pages of today’s paper and puts the top political news stories in appropriate context.