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Global Edmonton’s Gord Steinke honoured by RTDNA Canada with lifetime achievement award

Kaylee, Justice, Gord Steinke, Dance and Mallak in the Global Edmonton newsroom.
Kaylee, Justice, Gord Steinke, Dance and Mallak in the Global Edmonton newsroom. Global News

EDMONTON – Global Edmonton’s veteran news anchor Gord Steinke has been honoured by RTDNA Canada with a lifetime achievement award.

Steinke, who has worked at Global Edmonton for 24 years, will take home the Prairie Region Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s awards ceremony in Medicine Hat on April 23.

“Gord is so deserving of this recognition. He has and continues to be a terrific ambassador for both Global and our industry overall, as well as a positive influence on all of us who have had the pleasure of working alongside him,” Global Edmonton news director Michael Fulmes said Monday.

“He is indeed, one of the best in the business.”

Gord began his broadcasting career in Saskatchewan, where he attained his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Communications from the University of Regina. His first job was in print journalism, then radio, before becoming a television reporter and anchor in Regina.

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He later ventured south of the border and worked at the now-defunct All News Channel in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Serving as both an anchor and a reporter, Gord covered the invasion of Panama and the Gulf War. However, Gord and his family were homesick for Canada, and couldn’t stay in the U.S. forever.

Steinke seized the opportunity to join ITV (now Global Edmonton) back in 1992.

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RTDNA Canada created the lifetime achievement award in 2002 to recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves through outstanding service and continued excellence during the course of their career in broadcast journalism.

On top of Steinke’s lifetime achievement award, Global Edmonton has been nominated for seven RTDNA awards this year.

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Gord Steinke, Lynda Steele, John Sexsmith, and Claire Martin in the ITV days. Global News
Gord Steinke then and now.
Gord Steinke then and now. Global News
Edmonton jazz legend Tommy Banks poses for a photo with Global Edmonton anchor Gord Steinke on Feb. 9, 2016.
Edmonton jazz legend Tommy Banks poses for a photo with Global Edmonton anchor Gord Steinke on Feb. 9, 2016. Nathan Gross
Global Edmonton anchor and Honourary Lieutenant Colonel of the 15 Edmonton Field Ambluance Gord Steinke participates in the Beverly Remembrance Day Service, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015.
Global Edmonton anchor and Honourary Lieutenant Colonel of the 15 Edmonton Field Ambluance Gord Steinke participates in the Beverly Remembrance Day Service, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. Morris Gamblin, Global News
Gord Steinke with his grandfather's uniform from WWI.
Gord Steinke with his grandfather's uniform from WWI. Gord Steinke
Gord Steinke visits Kevin Karius on day 3 of the World's Longest Hockey Game Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015.
Gord Steinke visits Kevin Karius on day 3 of the World's Longest Hockey Game Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. Global News
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Gord Steinke and his wife, Deb, visit Kevin Karius on day 3 of the World's Longest Hockey Game Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015.
Gord Steinke and his wife, Deb, visit Kevin Karius on day 3 of the World's Longest Hockey Game Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. Global News
Kaylee, Justice, Gord Steinke, Dance and Mallak in the Global Edmonton newsroom.
Kaylee, Justice, Gord Steinke, Dance and Mallak in the Global Edmonton newsroom. Global News
Gord Steinke MCs ceremony at Guthrie School in Lancaster Park at the Edmonton Garrison, March 12, 2014.
Gord Steinke MCs ceremony at Guthrie School in Lancaster Park at the Edmonton Garrison, March 12, 2014. Shane Jones, Global News
Payton turns the tables on Gord, making him answer the tough questions.
Payton turns the tables on Gord, making him answer the tough questions.