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Award-winning Journalist Adrienne Arsenault to Receive Honorary Doctorate Degree at Huron Convocation Celebration

Jun 15 2023

LONDON, ON – As part of the upcoming Faculty of Arts and Social Science (FASS) Convocation Celebration, Huron will present an Honorary Doctorate Degree (HDD) to Adrienne Arsenault, an award-winning journalist, chief correspondent of CBC News, and host of flagship program The National.

Arsenault, a past Huron student, credits her studies at Huron with instilling in her a passion for storytelling: “I learned very quickly from my professors to find the guts to speak up and share my stories with as much conviction as I could muster,” Arsenault explains. “My time at Huron was very important for me because I was exposed to people and perspectives, from around the world, and the way they worked with me helped me push through my fears and put myself out there.”

According to Huron President Dr. Barry Craig, selecting Arsenault as this year’s HDD was an easy choice.

“Now more than ever, we need quality journalism as an important pillar of democratic societies. Asking hard questions and shining a light on difficult situations around the world has been a hallmark of Adrienne’s career. Huron couldn’t be prouder to call her one of our own,” said Dr. Craig.

And as the Huron Community continues to cheer Arsenault’s accomplishments, she has also watched Huron from afar. Huron’s mission of developing Leaders with Heart particularly resonates with Arsenault, and she believes it can be applied in a broader context.

“The concept of Leadership with Heart cannot only apply within a university setting – it belongs in every workplace, every team,” explains Arsenault. “Empathetic leadership is about having the patience and compassion to ensure people have opportunities to do what they’re good at, to lift them up and help them succeed."

Arsenault will join recent Huron graduates on stage in a celebration hosted at Huron’s Frank Holmes Centre for Leadership, Ethics and Entrepreneurship. Following this, the formal convocation for recent Huron graduates will proceed on Western’s campus.

About Adrienne Arsenault

Adrienne Arsenault is chief correspondent of CBC News and host of flagship program The National.

An Emmy Award-winning journalist, Arsenault has been a senior correspondent for The National since 1999 and has been deployed to the biggest breaking news and investigative stories in Canada and around the world.

Arsenault's assignments have included disasters, conflicts, politics, sports and human dramas. She won a 2015 International Emmy for her work covering the Ebola crisis. She has covered seven Olympic Games for CBC including Beijing 2022 and Tokyo 2020, as well as the FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Her investigative work on security has seen her cross Canada and pursue terror stories across the globe, more recently being dispatched to cover conflict and war in Ukraine, Syria and Mali. Arsenault began her career at CBC in 1991, as an editorial assistant for The National. Over the years since, her postings have included Vancouver, Washington, Jerusalem, and London.

Arsenault graduated from Western University with a BA (Hons) in 1990, and an MA in Journalism in 1991. She was conferred an Honorary Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.) by Western University in 2013, and an Honorary Bachelor of Applied Studies by Humber College in 2018.

In 2011, Arsenault received the Huron Medal of Distinction in recognition of her distinguished career as a journalist and the example she provides to liberal arts graduates.