Gretta Chambers

Gretta Chambers

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Born in Montréal on January 15, 1927, Gretta Chambers holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from McGill University (1947).

Gretta Chambers got into journalism by translating books and political treatises. From 1966 to 1978, she researched, wrote and hosted The Province in Print, a weekly CBC radio show about the Québec press. She wrote a weekly column for The Gazette, affiliated with Southam News, from 1978 to 1983.

Ms. Chambers was host of The Editors, a weekly public affairs show broadcast on CFCF 12 and a number of other private stations in Canada from 1977 to 1980, member from 1977 to 1980 of the editorial board and journalist for Report Magazine, a Canadian business magazine, and a columnist for The Regina Leader Post and the London Free Press beginning in 1988.

Ms. Chambers contributed to Langue et Société, CBC Newsworld and CBC radio as a political commentator. She occasionally lent her skills to The International Herald Tribune, CJAD, CBF, CJMS, Radio-Canada and Radio-Québec.

Chancellor of McGill University beginning in July 1991, she was one of its governors since 1978 and governor emeritus since 1988. She is chair of the board of directors of the McGill University Research Institute and the Montreal Children’s Hospital, member of the Conseil de la magistrature du Québec, was chair of the task force on the Anglophone school network in Québec in 1992 and since then chair of the Advisory Board on English Education for the Minister of Education, Recreation and Sport. She is a member of the board of the Laurentienne générale and the Institut de Design de Montréal.

Ms. Chambers was one of the first female Anglophone journalists to take an interest in French-speaking Québec and still has a weekly column in Montréal’s The Gazette.

Gretta Chambers is an Officer of the Ordre national du Québec since 1993.

Source: Ordre national du Québec

Photo Credit : Archives Université McGill