How She Does It: Sandie Rinaldo
By: Violetta Holl, Marilyn.ca
To kick off our “How She Does It!” series, focusing on inspiring women who can juggle it all, Marilyn sat down with CTV’s legendary broadcaster Sandie Rinaldo.
This year marks Rinaldo’s 40th anniversary working with CTV. She began her career there, just one week after graduating York University and soon became Canada’s first female to anchor a daily network newscast.
Three children and several prestigious awards later, she continues to balance it all while working as the weekend anchor for “CTV National News
.” In addition, she hosts regular discussions on CTV Channel’s "DIRECT
" and heads into the field to report stories for “W5
Recently, Rinaldo was on one of these shoots in Antigonish, Nova Scotia when she got a call from her eldest daughter who told her she was going into labour. With five more weeks until the baby was due, Rinaldo had to reschedule her interviews and immediately headed to the airport.
“I’m going to tell my granddaughter this story and embellish it, “ laughs Rinaldo when referring to the franticness and excitement of the event.
This wasn’t the first time work and birth mixed for the broadcaster. When she was pregnant with her own first child she decided to take on the role of anchoring during Christmas week. She was due in January and the plan seemed foolproof, until she started having contractions. Luckily, for Rinaldo the contractions subsided during the show, but she was still in pain for most of the newscast. The next day her daughter was born.
Rinaldo admits the balance in her life was largely attributed to her husband Michael. “I could not have done what I did without Michael, “ she says. The couple met when Rinaldo was just in her first year of university and married while she was still in school. Rinaldo worked early morning and her husband would work in the evenings, but she did not have to worry. “What a comfort it was to be able to walk out the door and know that your children are being looked after by someone who adores them.” In 2005, after a battle with cancer, Michael passed away. “Michael was not just my husband. He was my best friend,” she explains.
But in life the show must go on. So what gives Rinaldo the drive and dedication in her career even after 40 years? She explains that she loves being a part and witness to history. For her the most important part of her job is gaining the audience’s trust. “I love everything about it because I’m still constantly challenged. Perhaps it’s because it’s an ever-evolving situation. You’re only as good as your last show.”
About Violetta Holl (marilyn.ca)
Violetta Holl is The Marilyn Denis Show’s Web Journalist. Whether it’s through her articles, photography or web exclusive videos she gets you caught up on what’s happening behind-the-scenes. Violetta has written for online publications for over five years, specializing in lifestyle and entertainment. She holds a BA in Professional Writing and Communication Studies, as well as, a College Diploma in Journalism Broadcasting.