(Originally profiled on Oct. 12, 2010. Re-posted today as part of our special Black History Month tribute, highlighting 28 of Canada’s top influencers & trailblazers.)
News Anchor / Co-Host, CBC News, Toronto, ON. Born: Jamaica.
News anchor Dwight Drummond is the co-host of CBC News Toronto. Dwight has been covering news in Toronto as an anchor and reporter for over two decades, most recently as the crime specialist with CityNews on CityTV.
A graduate of Ryerson University’s Radio and Television Arts program, Dwight has done “just about every job there is to do in a newsroom.” He’s also reported from the U.S., Caribbean and Africa and broken stories that have gone national. Known for his exclusives, Dwight had the lead story on CityNews’ Gemini win for “Best Newscast”, and had a top story on the Edward R. Murrow win for “Best Newscast”. He has also received a number of police and community awards.
Born in Jamaica, Dwight came to Canada in 1976, where he grew up in Toronto’s Jane and Finch area. He spends much of his time involved in the community, working with charities, MCing events and giving motivational speeches.
Favourite book? Autobiography of Malcolm X. I read it in high school and Malcolm’s transformation from “hood” to one of the great orators of our time really inspired me.
Favourite quote? “God and Nature first made us what we are, and then out of our own created genius we make ourselves what we want to be. Follow always that great law. Let the sky and God be our limit and Eternity our measurement.” – Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr.
Given the chance, what would you love to do that you haven’t done yet? I would like to climb Mount Everest someday. I plan to try and convince my kids to do it with me when they’re older. If that doesn’t happen, I’ll settle for court side seats at the NBA finals.
What inspires you? People who volunteer their time to help make our world a better place to live. I MC events recognizing volunteers and philanthropists and I always leave inspired by their selfless acts.
Why do you do what you do? I love communicating with people and I enjoy telling stories. I have always been interested in the world around me and the news business allows me to have a career that I am passionate about.