From a media release:
With mixed emotions, Global News is announcing thatÂ Tom Clark, Chief Political Correspondent and Host ofÂ The West BlockÂ will end his career in journalism onÂ January 1, 2017.
An iconic Canadian journalist, Clark has had an extensive and storied career, witnessing and writing history inÂ CanadaÂ and around the world. During his 45-year tenure, he has interviewed every prime minister sinceÂ Lester B. PearsonÂ and covered every federal election campaign since 1974. He has reported from 33 countries, including eight active war zones. In his last five years with Global News, he has covered significant ground. Clark visitedÂ UkraineÂ during the civil war, had one of the first one-on-ones with Prime MinisterÂ Justin Trudeau in the park outside Buckingham Palace and most recently had a front row seat for the most contentious election in U.S. memory, sharing his signature contextual analysis with Canadians.
Together, Clark and Global News builtÂ The West BlockÂ intoÂ Canada’sÂ most-watched political affairs program. Clark is well-known for pushing beyond the headlines and pressing politicians for answers. In his unique “Plane Talk” segment, he found a way to bring his love of flying to work, profiling influential newsmakers while in the air in hisÂ Cessna 172 Skyhawk.
Prior to Global News, Clark held several roles at CTV and was present for innumerable significant world events. He was one of only a handful of journalists who made it intoÂ BelgradeÂ to witness the bombing ofÂ Yugoslavia, he was inÂ BerlinÂ the night the wall came down, in Tiananmen Square when the government attacked students and inÂ KabulÂ the day the last Canadian soldier left Afghan soil.
Clark, who hails fromÂ Toronto, is a fourth generation journalist and recipient of countless awards and accolades. Earlier this year he was recognized by the RTDNA with a Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also named one of the most influential journalists inÂ Ottawa, known for his results-oriented reporting.
Clark’s lastÂ The West BlockÂ program will air onÂ January 1, 2017. A new host forÂ The West BlockÂ Â will be named in the coming weeks.
The West BlockÂ airs on Sundays atÂ 11 a.m.Â inÂ Ontario,Â Quebec,Â ManitobaÂ andÂ Saskatchewan,Â 12 p.m.Â in the Atlantic provinces,Â 10 a.m.Â inÂ AlbertaÂ and B.C., in repeats atÂ 10:30 p.m.Â inÂ Winnipeg,Â ReginaÂ andÂ Saskatoon andÂ 11:30 p.m.Â everywhere else.