DUniv. 2012

Honorary Doctorate Recipient


As Radio-Canada's first female news anchor, Céline Galipeau has been a role model for an entire generation of women aspiring to an equally distinguished career in journalism. Whether in London, Paris, Moscow, Beijing or in various war zones such as Chechnya, Kosovo or Afghanistan, she has been able to both touch her viewers while providing them with outstanding news coverage.

Equally comfortable in the field and in the studio, Céline Galipeau began her career with Radio-Canada in 1984 as a reporter, before hosting the Montréal ce soir newscast. Subsequent work included a special assignment during the 1991 Gulf War in London, followed by regular correspondent jobs in the British capital and then in Russia, where she covered the war in Chechnya, among other stories. During her four-year stint in Paris, Céline Galipeau not only filed many reports on French and European developments, but also closely followed dramatic stories such as the Islamist violence in Algeria and the Kosovo war.  As well, she was a correspondent in China, where her reports on the World Conference on Women in Beijing earned her an award from Amnesty International. From 2003 to 2008, she hosted the weekend edition of Radio-Canada's Téléjournal at 10 p.m., winning over viewers with her warm smile and her rigorous approach. In 2009, she succeeded Bernard Derome as anchor of the weekday Téléjournal. That same year, she was named an Officer of the Ordre national du Québec.

Daughter of a father who was a foreign correspondent and a mother who survived the Vietnam War, Céline Galipeau knew at a very young age that she wanted to become a journalist, to share what she saw of our world, both its beauties and its horrors, and to give a voice to the voiceless. Her in-depth knowledge of the media and international affairs, her courage and her determination make Céline Galipeau an example for our entire student body.

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