Stanley Burke

Roy Peterson Peter Mansbridge Adrienne Arsenault
Stanley Burke, Jr.
Born(1923-02-08)February 8, 1923
DiedMay 28, 2016(2016-05-28) (aged 93)
OccupationJournalist, news presenter, author
TelevisionThe National

Stanley Burke, Jr. (February 8, 1923 – May 28, 2016) was a Canadian television journalist.

Early years

Burke's father was businessman Stanley Burke, founder of Pemberton Securities, a stockbrokerage firm in Western Canada.[1] His brother was Lieutenant-Commander Cornelius Burke, a prominent Royal Canadian Navy officer during World War II.[1]


He was the anchor of CBC Television's The National News from 1966 to 1969. The show was renamed The National after he resigned to launch a public campaign to bring attention to the Nigerian Civil War and the humanitarian crisis in the secessionist state of Biafra.

Following his retirement from the CBC, Burke also wrote a number of books satirizing Canadian politics in the form of children's stories, including Swamp Song, Frog Fables and Beaver Tales and The Day of the Glorious Revolution.

In the 1980s he was publisher with partner Jack McCann of the weekly newspaper Nanaimo Times in Nanaimo, British Columbia.


Stanley Burke, Jr. died at the Kingston General Hospital in Kingston, Ontario on May 28, 2016, aged 93.[2]



  1. ^ a b "Dogboat commander devastated enemy". National Post. Don Mills, Ont. 5 May 1999. p. A16.
  2. ^ "Canadian journalist Stanley Burke dead at 93". Yahoo. May 28, 2016. Retrieved May 29, 2016.