Halton, Matthew

Most notable for his work as a foreign correspondent for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation during World War II, Matthew Halton was a Canadian television journalist and writer. During his time studying in England, he wrote over 200 articles for numerous Canadian newspapers. When he returned to Canada in 1931, he was hired on as a reporter for the Toronto Star and in 1932, he was sent to London as their London correspondent. He covered many events such as the rise of Nazism in Germany, the Russo-Finnish War, and the Spanish Civil War.

Matthew was initially heard on the radio when he organized reports for the Canadian Broadcasting Company, or CBC, during the Munich disaster. He quickly became a war correspondent, getting reassigned to Washington and covering the war in North Africa by 1941. He was regularly heard on Canadian radio on behalf of the CBC. In 1943, he was officially hired by the CBC as their Senior War Correspondent and assigned to London.

Matthew was known for his near poetic style and choice of words in his reports. It was easy to understand the realities and drama happening during the wards when listening to him speak. He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1945 for his work as a war correspondent. He died in 1956. In 1982, he was elected to the Canadian News Hall of Fame.

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