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Sandie Rinaldo Biography
Sandie Rinaldo is a Canadian journalist and anchor for CTV News. She has been the weekend anchor for CTV NATIONAL NEWS, Canada’s most-watched national newscast, since May 1973. In addition to her role behind the desk, Rinaldo heads into the field to report stories for Canada’s most-watched documentary series, W5.
Every weekend, Rinaldo takes Canadians through the major news events making headlines at home and around the world while focusing on angles that are most important to Canadians.
In 1980, Rinaldo was promoted to News Anchor of CANADA AM, earning distinction for becoming the first woman in Canadian history to anchor a daily network newscast. In 1977, Rinaldo was appointed Reporter-at-Large for CANADA AM, a position that saw her regularly travelling everywhere from Vancouver to Cape Breton to the Middle East. Rinaldo joined CANADA AM in 1976 as a story producer specializing in federal and provincial politics.
In May 2018, Rinaldo marked 45 years with CTV. It was May 6, 1973 when Rinaldo first walked through the door of the network, one week after graduating from York University where she earned an Honours B.A. in Fine Arts. In that first year, Rinaldo jumped from Junior Secretary to Production Secretary to Production Manager, and then became a researcher for W5. In 1975 Rinaldo went to New York City with the W5 team to produce The Bankruptcy of New York, which won a journalism award. She speaks English.
Rinaldo has received national recognition for her stories, earning a multitude of prestigious awards and nominations. In 2018, she was honoured with the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Lifetime Achievement Award for her distinguished service to broadcast journalism.
Rinaldo earned the 2017 RTDNA Dave Rogers National Award for Best Long Feature for W5’s “In Their Footsteps.” She is a three-time recipient of the Trina McQueen Award for Best Television News Information Program, having been recognized for W5’s “Lifetime Penalty/The Ringmaster” in 2017 and “Leave it to Bieber”/ “Nightmare on Quebec Street” in 2011.
In a special presentation, Rinaldo was honoured by the Durham Regional Police for W5’s “Predator’s Playground” in 2014. Her many additional honours include the 2005 Canadian Veterinary Award for the feature “Never Give Up,” and the 2001 Canadian Association of Journalism Award award for Best Overall Newscast, which she shared with Lloyd Robertson.
Sandie Rinaldo Age
Legendary news anchor Sandie Rinaldo was born on 16 January 1950 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Sandie Rinaldo Husband
Sandie Rinaldo was married to Michael Rinaldo. Michael died in 2005 after a six-month battle with cancer.
Sandie Rinaldo Family
Anchor Sandie Rinaldo has three daughters.
Sandie Rinaldo Cancer
Sandie Rinaldo was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 after an annual mammogram revealed a small lump on her right breast, unnoticed to touch or the naked eye, according to CTV News.
“I remember the day as if it was yesterday,” Sandie said about her cancer journey, which started with her husband who died in 2005 after a six-month battle with cancer. “A call from the hospital to come back for a second scan; the concerned faces of the technician, the radiologist and the biopsy that followed. I went home with a patch on my breast to wait for the results. A call the next morning from the doctor confirmed I had breast cancer.
“My worst fear was sharing the news with my three daughters who were missing their father. I knew they would go to that dark place; losing me, too.”
“Surgery, a lumpectomy, was scheduled to remove the tumour. A biopsy, ten days later, revealed it was small, hormone-driven and had likely not spread. It had been caught early, which made me one of the lucky ones.
“Treatment included weeks of radiation; but I opted out of the safety net of chemotherapy after consultation with my oncologist and a test to determine the likelihood of the cancer’s return.
“It’s a decision my doctor told me could be the wrong one, if I let fear of a recurrence control my life. She suggested I do my best to avoid stress and focus on building tools to strengthen my resilience.
“Ten years of the hormone pill tamoxifen followed; and here we are, sixteen years after the diagnosis.”
Rinaldo kept her cancer secret from viewers at the time, largely because “I was dealing with a lot, as a single mother of three daughters. I also worried that my aging and widowed father would be broken by the news. He had survived the Second World War, had endured loss, but watching his only child tackle cancer, would have been too much for him.”
Sandie Rinaldo Son
CTV News anchor Sandie Rinaldo lost her son when she was in her 30s.
Sandie Rinaldo Net Worth
Sandie Rinaldo’s net worth is estimated to be $5 million.