Toronto’s Trustworthy Sources – Ken Shaw & Michelle Dube
by andrew chapados | In September 2012, Michelle Dubé joined Ken Shaw to co-anchor CTV News at noon and six. Their on-screen chemistry was immediately apparent. Since joining forces, audiences have tuned in every night for an unbiased source, and they’ve quickly become an entertaining duo to watch.
As it is in any major market, competition is stiff. However, unlike other news organizations currently in a downswing — with some requiring public funding to keep going — the duo’s combination of character and clarity has kept them at the top of their game.
Shaw and Dubé had plenty of humble words to say, as one may expect from a news anchor:
onthego: What is the hardest aspect of relaying the news to huge audiences, day in and day out?
ken: It’s a privilege to be presenting the work of a large team of talented reporters, videographers, editors, writers and editorial staff. Perhaps the hardest aspect is suppressing emotional attachments to stories and maintaining journalistic principles of fairness and balance.
michelle: Live breaking news is very rewarding, but it also gives me heart palpitations. We have to balance the desire to inform the public with accuracy and fairness even when little information is known. It’s tricky, but it does get easier.
otg: What advice would you give anyone looking to make it in journalism?
ken: Too many people are getting their news from organizations that are biased or play fast and loose with facts. There will be an increasing need for consumers to get the straight goods. Broadcast journalism does not necessitate model good-looks or a baritone voice. It needs good communicators. I would stress the need to adhere to journalistic guidelines and being a good storyteller.
michelle: Journalism is not for everybody. Passion, a love of writing and a natural curiosity are key. Know that a broadcast-journalism career is not as impossible as it seems. When I look around at my colleagues I realize it wasn’t luck that got them here, it was hard work. Reach out to people you admire to get a real sense of what your dream job entails.
otg: Michelle, what is the best part about co-anchoring with Ken every newscast?
michelle: Would you believe I grew up watching Ken on the news?! He’s the best in the business on and off the air. With all his experience, he could have treated me as the ‘new girl,’ but instead treats me as an equal. No matter what the day brings, when I sit next to Ken Shaw, I feel as though we can handle anything!
otg: Ken, what made you want to team up with Michelle?
ken: Michelle stood out as a reporter; her presentation skills were excellent and she has a unique personality. She connects with people at all levels and understands a news anchor has to relate to people on a parallel plane. Michelle has a genuine passion for telling pertinent stories and making sure they are accurate and fair.
otg: How do you make your commutes more enjoyable?
ken: I drive to work each day from the east end. When I go downtown, I almost always use the Go Train. I sit in the quiet area and sometimes read on my phone. I almost always sit on the lake side of the train at the top level and enjoy the view.
michelle: This one is easy … the radio! I love listening to news on the radio; I get all kinds of info before I get to work. When I’m stuck on the DVP for an hour and a half I really feel informed!
otg: What is the biggest Canadian news story of 2016 so far?
ken: It’s too difficult to narrow it down to one. Let me narrow them down to our region; the death of Rob Ford, the trials of Jian Ghomeshi, Mike Duffy, Marco Muzzo and James Forcillo, a deadly house explosion in Mississauga that disrupted a neighbourhood for months; more recently the arrest of Elizabeth Wettlaufer in the deaths of eight nursing home residents. It seems every month we were talking about the high cost of housing and hydro bills. On the bright side, the triumphs of the Blue Jays and Raptors that captivated the city.
michelle: That’s tough. I often toil over what the top story of the day is, let alone the year! Off the top, notables this year include the record hot weather and house prices, the massive fire in Fort McMurray, the death of politicians like Rob Ford and Jim Prentice, the slew of pedestrian deaths and drunk drivers still not getting the message.
As much fun as they like to have on-air, the team are involved with a plethora of initiatives outside of the studio. For Ken Shaw, the Nancy & Ken Shaw Golf Tournament raises money for Providence Health Care, while he emcees the Silver Ball Gala. Other notable charities Shaw raises money for includes Sunnybrook Hospital, United Way and many more.
Michelle really stressed her involvement with community through the YMCA, as well as the Toronto Challenge. Lastly, the Cops for Cancer head shave.
As you already know, you can catch Ken Shaw and Michelle Dubé on CTV News at noon and six on CTV in Toronto and the GTA.