Robert Osborne

Robert Osborne
Contract Lecturer

Robert Osborne is a multi-award winning journalist with extensive experience in long format documentaries, daily news, current affairs and magazine writing.  During his 30 years in television, radio, print and online, he has worked around the world in virtually every format under most conceivable conditions. He spent his first 10 years in the business as an on-air reporter for CBC and for Global National News.  He spent the last 20 years working as a Field Producer for W5, CTV National News, Marketplace and CityNews. In that capacity he was virtually self-assigning and conducted all of the significant research for his investigations.

Robert has also worked extensively in the digital domain, creating content, designing and constructing web pages.  He has worked for the past two years as Editor for XRay Magazine and writes a regular blog for the Huffington Post.


In 2012 Robert moved over to the world of documentary production.  He began as a story editor on “The Beaver Whisperers” for The Nature of Things.  In 2015 and 2016 he researched, directed, produced and wrote a documentary for CBC’s Firsthand called “Unstoppable: The Fentanyl Epidemic.”  It was broadcast in December of 2016. In 2017 Robert began directing and producing a documentary for CBC’s POV stream called “The Third Dive.”  It’s due for delivery in the fall of 2018.

In addition to his work online and in television, Robert has simultaneously developed a career in print journalism, researching and writing freelance articles for the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail and National Post.  He also writes for a wide selection of magazines around the world.

During the last thirty years Robert has won seven RTNDA awards (for Best On Going News Coverage, Best Feature Program and Best Investigative Documentary,) several gold medals from the New York Film Festival, a CAJ award for Investigative Journalism, (two additional finalist nominations) two Prix Aniks (CBC) and a Chris award from the Columbus Film Festival. He has also been nominated six times for Gemini’s (two wins for his stories.) In 2009 he received a Citation of Merit from the Governor General’s Michener Awards for a documentary on a lack of police accountability in Canada.  In 2013 Robert was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for an item he produced for CTV. In 2014 Dam Builder was nominated for a CSA award for best science documentary. In 2015 a Dam Builder project was submitted by PBS for consideration at the Emmys. In 2018 Robert won a Canadian Screen Award for best writing in a documentary.

MA (Journalism), University of Western Ontario

BA Hons, Simon Fraser University

Police Accountability

Consular Services

Financial Fraud

JN 8103