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Peter Gzowski

Peter Gzowski (July 13, 1934 - January 24, 2002) was a Canadian broadcaster, writer and reporter, most famous for his work on the CBC radio show Morningside. He became a giant on the Canadian journalism scene, known as 'Mr. Canada' to many. He wrote books, hosted television shows, and worked at a number of newspapers and at Maclean's magazine. It is estimated that he conducted 27,000 interviews as host of Morningside. Gzowski was known for a personably friendly but somewhat gruff at times interviewing style. His guffaws were famous.

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Gzowski was born in Toronto. At the age of six he moved to Galt, Ontario (now Cambridge with his mother and step-father. In 1948, at the age of 14, he ran away from home and found his paternal grandfather, who managed to have Peter admitted to Ridley College in St. Catherines.

Gzowski was the great-grandson of Sir Casimir Gzowski, a Polish noble who was an engineer and Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

Gzowski attended the University of Toronto but never graduated. He was later awarded 11 honorary degrees. After university, Gzowski was employed at the Timmins local newspaper. In the spring of 1957, Gzowski became city editor of The Moose Jaw Times-Herald in Saskatchewan. The next year he joined the staff of Maclean's magazine. When he was 28 he became the youngest-ever managing editor of Maclean's and became known as journalism's "boy wonder." He turned to radio in the early 1970s, hosting the CBC's This Country in the Morning.

Gzowski died of emphysema in Toronto.



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