Peter Warren (radio)

Peter Warren (radio)

Peter Warren (born 1939) is a Canadian investigative journalist, private investigator, former talk radio host and member of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' Hall of Fame.


Born in London to an English family, one of three sons, himself, Tim Warren and John Warren. Warren worked briefly as a junior sports reporter on Fleet Street after being expelled from Dulwich College. He then moved to Canada where he wrote for various newspapers including the Calgary Herald, the Toronto Telegram, the Winnipeg Tribune, and the Saint John Telegraph-Journal. He has also written for Maclean's Magazine, The Globe and Mail, The Manchester Guardian, TIME Magazine and the Hong Kong Star.

Warren rose to fame as an "open line" radio talk show host, a career he would enjoy for 35 years, the longest such tenure in North America. [ [ "In Your Face: B.C.'s fiercest radio talk-show host unmasked"] – Noel Hulsman, BCBusiness Magazine, May 2003] Warren moderated the popular "Action Line" morning talk show on CJOB in Winnipeg, Manitoba from 1971 to 1998 when he was replaced by Charles Adler. He moved to Victoria, British Columbia and hosted a syndicated weekend radio program, "Warren on the Weekend" from 1998 to 2006. In March of 2006 he left radio to concentrate on his work as an investigative journalist probing cold cases and wrongful convictions. [ [ "From Radio Host to Gumshoe"] – Guy Dixon, The Globe and Mail, March 1, 2006] An outspoken critic of the Canadian justice system, Warren had in the past used his show to campaign on behalf of wrongfully convicted persons such as David Milgaard, Steven Truscott, James Driskell, Thomas Sophonow and on behalf of the families of victims of alleged serial killer Robert Pickton. The final edition of "Warren on the Weekend" aired on March 5, 2006.

A list of cases Warren is currently working on is available on his website. [] He also offers services as a private investigator and as a ghost writer. []

Career highlights and trivia

Throughout his career, Warren has been noted for his bold editorials, aggressive interview style and nose for detective work. He has donated personal archives to the University of Manitoba judged to be of "outstanding significance and national importance" by the Canadian Cultural Property Board. [ [ Host profile] – AM900 CHML] He has had the honour of interviewing seven Canadian Prime Ministers head-to-head. Former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau once said that an interview with him "was worse than Question Period." [ [ Biographical sketch] – at]

*He has gone undercover as a prisoner in a federal penitentiary and as a patient in a psychiatric hospital for investigative purposes.

*Four escaped convicts once gave themselves up to him on-the-air.

*In the 1980s, he carried on a lengthy correspondence with convicted serial killer Clifford Olson.

*Child pornographer Robin Sharpe was a one-time guest on his show.

*His on-air demeanour was occasionally . "Get on with it!" became a trademark phrase he used to prod callers.

*In October, 1999 the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council found that Warren was in breach of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' Code of Ethics when he stated on-air at CKNW that "Born-again Christians are the scum of the earth." [ [ "CKNW-AM re The Peter Warren Show ("Born-again" Christians)"] – Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, British Columbia Council, CBSC Decisions 98/99-0277, Decided October 14, 1999]

*He is a former boxer and accredited boxing judge, and has interviewed Muhammad Ali and Rocky Marciano.

Warren has also dabbled in stage acting and narration for film and television.

Awards and honours

*Canadian Association of Broadcasters' Quarter Century Club
*The Province of Manitoba's Order of the Buffalo Hunt
*1992: 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal
*1997: Broadcaster of the Year, Western Association of Broadcasters
*1999: Inducted to the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' Hall of Fame

Notes and references

* [ CAB Hall of Fame bio]
* [ WAB award recipients]

External links

* [ Official website]
* [ Pictures of Warren with famous guests]

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