Connie Smith- Broadcast Journalism 1978
2001 Applied Arts Recipient
A 1978 graduate of Mohawk's Broadcast Journalism Program, Connie has been one of the most recognizable and engaging personalities on the air and behind the podium in Southern Ontario, known for her integrity, compassion and ability to connect with people, in person and through her story telling.
She got her start in radio at CKOC Hamilton and CFRB Toronto as a Good News Reporter. Her first job in television took her to CKVR Barrie and after more than 30 years on CHCH-TV Hamilton, reporting on events and people who shaped our community and our world, Connie co-created and hosted “Always Good News”, a daily program that aired nationally on CTS Television from 2009 to 2012 and gained attention worldwide both on TV and the web for its unique approach of focusing on the positive aspects of news and current events.
Connie Chaired the 2011-2012 Hamilton United Way Campaign and Co-Hosted the McMaster Children’s Hospital Celebration Telethon for 17 years. For her work as a volunteer and advancing community service through her journalism, she has been named both a Hamilton and Halton Woman of the Year, awarded the Hamilton Health Sciences Cornerstone Award, Rotary International’s Paul Harris Fellow, Sertoma’s Service to Mankind Award, Zonta’s Founder’s Award, the Canwest Spirit of the Community Award, the Ontario Association of Broadcaster’s Howard Caine Memorial Award, the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals, inducted into the Hamilton Gallery of Distinction in 2010 and the
Order of Ontario in 2012.
As a free-lance journalist, speaker and consultant Connie developed conniesmith.ca and returned to Mohawk College as a part-time instructor in Media Studies where she hopes to inspire the next generation of journalists.