Vice President, Digital
Ron Waksman is the Vice President, Digital for Global News and Corus Radio. He also has executive oversight of Global News editorial standards and practices.
Waksman’s role includes executive leadership of Globalnews.ca and Corus Radio news talk and FM digital platforms. Globalnews.ca is one of Canada’s fastest growing online news sites and is known for digital innovation and award-winning original and contextual journalism. Globalnews.ca is an industry leader in mobile news, delivering a superior user experience anywhere, anytime. He is the executive editor of online editorial content, overseeing an innovative team responsible for product development, new technologies and business and monetization strategies. Waksman had a lead role in the planning and implementation of Global News’ Digital First initiative; evolving legacy broadcast newsrooms into 24-hour, story-centric, digital news platforms. In April 2016, he added Corus’ 39 AM/FM radio stations to his portfolio.
As a member of the senior leadership team, Waksman has a hand in all Global News and Corus Radio strategic planning and news operations. As the executive responsible for network editorial standards and practices, he provides regular training and daily guidance to news and radio managers on journalistic best practices, ethics and the implementation of legal policies and legal harm reduction.
Waksman researched, edited and wrote the second edition of the Global News Journalistic Principles and Practices published in 2012, which includes editorial standards, professional conduct, legal policy and ethics. In 2016, Waksman received the RTDNA Canada Distinguished Service Award for his work on revising and modernizing the association’s Code of Journalistic Ethics. In 2014, he travelled to the world’s newest country, South Sudan, on behalf of Journalists for Human Rights to help educate senior news managers and publishers about journalistic principles and practices and their importance to the development of democratic institutions.
Waksman has a successful 25-year track record of executive editorial, broadcast, production and online news management. He is a multiple RTDNA, Edward R. Murrow and Gemini award winner. He has played a key role in the growth of Global News, joining Global Ontario as a writer in 1989. Waksman was appointed Executive Producer of National News in 1996 and then in 2005 he was named News Director at Global Ontario. He has produced television programs from election specials to personal finance.
Waksman serves as an adjudicator for the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council and is a member of the Organization of News Ombudsmen. He has served on the Board of Directors at the Ontario Association of Broadcasters, is a former member of the advisory board at the University of Western Ontario journalism program and a former part-time radio and television instructor at Ryerson University.
Waksman lives in Thornhill, Ontario with his wife and three grown sons. He is an aviation enthusiast and a die-hard Blue Jays fan.