This month, CTV NATIONAL NEWS‘ Weekend Anchor and W5 Reporter Sandie Rinaldo celebrates her momentous 50th anniversary with the network. After spending a half-century as a familiar face to Canadian viewers, Rinaldo is preparing to report on a compelling story she hasn’t yet told: her own. The CTV News special I’M SANDIE RINALDO airs Friday, May 12 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV, CTV News Channel, CTV.ca, CTVNews.ca and the CTV & CTV News apps.
The hour-long special explores Rinaldo’s family history, documenting how the daughter of Holocaust survivors has shaped her own life’s journey through loss, resilience, and compassion. The program demonstrates how these traits have profoundly influenced Rinaldo’s work in journalism over the past 50 years.
“Reaching this 50-year milestone, I am reflecting on my experiences at CTV News, the parts of my life that have been public all these years, and the things about myself I’ve kept private,” said Rinaldo. “As a journalist, I’ve always been reluctant to reveal too much. After all, I report on other people’s stories, not my own. But as I take a moment to pause and reflect, I think it’s time. I hope viewers enjoy taking a look back with me, and I look forward to continuing to tell important stories here at CTV News.”
“Sandie Rinaldo is a trailblazer in Canadian journalism, and on behalf of everyone here at CTV News, I’d like to congratulate her on a half-century of excellence,” said Richard Gray, Vice President, News, Bell Media. “Sandie has been a trusted voice for viewers across Canada for decades, and we look forward to her continuing to deliver the stories that matter most to our viewers for years to come.”
Over the past half-century, Rinaldo has interviewed hundreds of key newsmakers, from politicians to celebrities and beyond. The upcoming CTV News primetime special SANDIE RINALDO’S 50/50 recounts Rinaldo’s most memorable interviews, featuring Justin Bieber, John Candy, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Capt. (ret’d) Trevor Greene, Wayne Gretzky, Rick Hansen, Gordon Lightfoot, William Shatner, Martin Short, Margaret Trudeau (with a cameo from a young Justin Trudeau), and many others. This hour-long special will air on CTV later this summer, with more details to be announced.
The CTV News specials I’M SANDIE RINALDO and SANDIE RINALDO’S 50/50 are led by CTV National News Weekend Anchor and W5 Reporter Sandie Rinaldo. Rosa Hwang is Executive Producer. Richard Gray is VP, News, Bell Media.