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Sandie Rinaldo- All About The Canadian TV Anchor

Sandie Rinaldo

Sandie Rinaldo is a 73-year-old well-known Canadian actress, producer, and TV anchor. Today, she works as a news anchor for CTV News and W5. In this article, we’ll walk you through Sandie’s career, how she became a TV anchor and more about her early life. Let’s get started!

Personal Life

Sandie was born on January 16, 1950, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and her birth name was Sandra Bricks Rinaldo. The 73-year-old Canadian anchor completed her education at York University in 1973 and graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Arts. 

There have been certain rumors about her, that she had undergone facial reconstruction surgery to look youthful, however, she has never claimed the news to be true. She has blonde colored hair and brown eyes and stands 5 feet 6 inches tall.

About her married and dating life, Sandie was married to Michael Rinaldo. Their marriage came to a tragic end when Micheal passed away in 2005. The couple has 3 children, who after her husband’s death, Sandie took care of and raised. The children’s names have not been disclosed publicly. 

Career and Professional Life

After she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Sandie pursued dancing as a career for a brief period, before she pivoted completely to the TV industry and made her first appearance in Where It’s At in the 1960s. 

She started her career in journalism at CTV network in 1973, and the rest is history!

She joined as a junior secretary reporting to the director of news, Donald Cameron. Eventually, she got promoted as the production manager for W5 and then worked as a researcher. Every weekend, Rinaldo walked the viewers through the major news events making headlines around the world while focusing on aspects that Canadians at that time valued the most. She also reported for CTV National News and anchored for the newscasts on Canada AM in 1980.

Did you know? Sandie Rinaldo is popularly known to be the first woman to hold a full-time position as a TV anchor in Canada. 

In 1977, she was appointed with a massive opportunity to work as a Reporter-at-Large for CANADA AM. This position allowed her to travel to beautiful places like Vancouver, Cape Breton, and the Middle East. She interviewed Bob Marley on his Canada tour, and there was a huge controversy around the time when people perceived her words to be disrespectful towards Marley. Even a few years later, she thinks of it as an embarrassing move and regrets asking Bob Marley too many questions.

She got multiple opportunities to work for renowned names in the industry such as World Beat News on the network’s Toronto affiliate CFTO in the early 1990s, and then anchored for CTV News Channel in 2009.

She has won various awards in her career period, such as the American Film & Video Award for Childbirth From Inside-Out in 1990, a medal from the International Film and TV Festival in 1997, and the RTNDA award for Best Newscast for Coverage in 1999. She has also won the Bryden Alumni award from York University in 2005, as a prestige alumni member. 

Rinaldo has received several prestigious awards for her work in journalism. She won the RTDNA Dave Rogers National Award in 2017 for Best Long Feature for W5’s “In Their Footsteps.” She’s also a two-time recipient of the Trina McQueen Award for Best Television News Information Program, earning recognition for W5’s episodes like “Lifetime Penalty/The Ringmaster” in 2017 and “Leave it to Bieber”/”Nightmare on Quebec Street” in 2011. 

In 2014, she was honored by the Durham Regional Police for W5’s “Predator’s Playground.” Her list of honors includes the 2005 Canadian Veterinary Award for the feature “Never Give Up” and the 2001 Canadian Association of Journalism Award for Best Overall Newscast, which she shared with Lloyd Robertson.

Fun Fact: According to various sources, Sandie Rinaldo’s worth is known to be more than $8 million. Her annual salary is more than $1 million. 

Summary of Prestigious Awards and Recognitions

  • 1990:
  • Bronze Medal, Best News Anchor, International Film & TV Festival, New York,
  • Silver Medal, Best Analysis of a Single Current News Story at the Houston International Film Festival
  • American Film & Video Award for “Childbirth From Inside-Out
  • 1991:
  • Silver Medal, Best Coverage of an Ongoing News Story, International Film and TV Festival in New York
  • Finalist Certificate for Best News Anchor, International Film and TV Festival in New York 
  • 1997- World Medal from the International Film and TV Festival in New York 
  • 1999- RTNDA award for Best Newscast for coverage 
  • 2005- Bryden Alumni Award from York University 

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