Cliff Lonsdale is a lecturer of information and media studies at the University of Western Ontario, and president of the Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma, an educational charity.
Lonsdale reported on the 1960 civil war in Congo and Zambia’s transition to independence in 1964, and worked in Rhodesia, now known as Zimbabwe, as the producer and host of a nightly radio program, Newreel. Lonsdale worked for many years as the Chief News Editor for CBC Television, the Head of Production in Europe, as well as the Head of Production for CBC News, Current Affairs and Newsworld. After leaving CBC in 1993, he made independent documentaries, filmed and distributed worldwide. In 2002 he began teaching journalism at the University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario, where he currently chairs the Journalism Program Committee. He specializes in television and international reporting.