WELLAND – Murray Brewster, an Ottawa-based correspondent for CBC News where he is the senior parliamentary defence and foreign policy writer, is guest speaker at the Friday, June 23 convocation ceremonies at Niagara College. He is also recipient of the college’s Distinguished Alumni Award. The ceremonies start at 10 a.m.
Brewster grew up in Welland and graduated from Niagara College’s Broadcasting: Radio, TV and Film program in 1985.
Earlier in his career, he was senior defence writer at The Canadian Press for more than a decade. He has filed most recently from Iraq and Ukraine, and spent 15 months in Afghanistan during the five-year Kandahar combat mission, travelling with troops and unilaterally throughout the country.
His book, The Savage War: The Untold Battles of Afghanistan, was published in 2011 by John Wiley and Sons, and he was the lead writer on the documentary Kandahar Journals, which aired on CBC Documentary Channel and was released in the United States during the fall of 2015.
Last fall, he also contributed to a book on former prime minister Stephen Harper’s policy legacy titled The Harper Factor, published by McGill-Queen’s University Press.
Brewster has won 12 regional and national Radio and Television News Director Awards, two Atlantic Journalism Awards, and the Ross Munro (2010) Award for war corresponding.
He appeared as a finalist twice in the Michener Awards for public service in journalism (1989 and 2014), and was a finalist in the National Newspaper Awards (2010) for beat reporting.