Jim Junkin to retire after 41 years at CTV Toronto

After 41 years  with CTV Toronto, and 25 years as Toronto’s most famous police reporter, Jim Junkin announced tonight on CTV Toronto’s NEWS AT SIX that he will file his last story this Friday, August 13.

Viewers can visit toronto.ctv.ca/jim to view highlights from his career and send him best wishes for his retirement.

“Spending the last four decades with CTV Toronto, doing what I love to do while making a difference in the community, has been a childhood dream come true,” said Jim Junkin. “CTV Toronto is family to me and when the toughest stories hit, I knew they were behind me every step of the way. I’ve done all I want to do in broadcasting and I am ready for retirement.”

“In his distinguished career, Jim Junkin has earned both the respect of the Toronto Police Service and the trust of GTA viewers,” said Paul Rogers, Senior Vice-President of CTV Toronto. “He represents the very best in journalism and we wish him well in his retirement.”

Best known as a police reporter, Junkin spent more than 25 years covering Toronto’s crime beat. He said the most difficult cases involved crimes against children. “Those were always the toughest,” he said.  “And I felt it was my duty to see these cases through the courts, to make sure the victims were not forgotten, and that the public knew justice was served.”

Junkin’s outstanding coverage of emergency situations won several awards in the Greater Toronto Area. In 2005, Junkin was presented with the RTNDA’s Lifetime Achievement award.

Junkin’s career in broadcasting began in radio at age 15 at Oakville’s CHWO radio, where his deep, distinctive voice first got him noticed.  In June 1969, Junkin became the weekend news anchor for CTV Toronto.

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