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Barbara Frum (1937-1992)
Broadcast journalist

Barbara Frum
Barbara Frum
(Copyright CBC. Reproduced with permission.)

When Barbara Frum died of leukemia on March 26, 1992, Canadians from coast to coast were stunned by her unexpected death. The popular and highly respected journalist was one of the most prominent media figures in Canada at the time, seen across the country each evening on the the national newcast The National and the following newsmagazine program The Journal. During her stellar career Barbara Frum interviewed major world leaders from around the globe.

Barbara was born in Niagara Falls, New York. After marrying Murray Frum and graduating from the University of Toronto, she began working as a journalist. Barbara Frum soon gained experience as a freelance writer, radio commentator and then television interviewer. She became well-known after taking on the co-hosting duties of an evening newsmagazine on CBC radio - called As It Happens - in 1971. Barbara Frum's fame grew when she moved to television. Widely recognized as one of the top journalists in Canada, Barbara Frum received four Actra Awards, the Order of Canada, and the National Press Club of Canada Award for Outstanding Contribution to Canadian Journalism.

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  • Frum, Linda. Barbara Frum - A Daughter's Memoir. Toronto: Random House,c.1996.

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