CBC’s Matt Galloway wins 2018 Harry Jerome Media Award
Galloway, host of CBC’s Metro Morning, credits his ‘amazing’ team for the honour
Matt Galloway, host of CBC Radio’s Metro Morning, has won the 2018 Harry Jerome Media Award.
Galloway called the award an amazing honour, saying it was particularly special to be nominated by a listener.
“Somebody in the community put me up. It’s wonderful, I just do my job, and I love what I do, but to have other people who say that what you do means something, I think is a real credit, not just to me but to the team that I work with,” Galloway told CBC Toronto.
The Harry Jerome Awards, named for the renowned African-Canadian track athlete, scholar and advocate, are presented by the Black Business and Professional Association. The ceremony was held at the International Centre in Mississauga on Saturday evening.
Galloway took over the reigns of Metro Morning in 2010 from former host Andy Barrie. Galloway gave his team at the show much ot the credit for his success.
“I work with amazing people who try and make me sound smart and make us sound like we are the centre of the conversations in the city. It’s a great honour.”
Also the co-host of Podcast Playlist on CBC Radio One, Galloway has been working at CBC Radio for more than a decade.
He anchored CBC’s radio coverage of the 2008 Summer Olympics live from Beijing, the 2010 Vancouver and 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
For four consecutive years, he was voted top radio personality in Toronto by NOW Magazine readers and editors, while from 2014 to 2016, Toronto Life magazine named him one of the city’s 50 most influential people.
Galloway has also previously won the African-Canadian Achievement Award for Excellence in Media, as well as the Excellence In Community Service Award for addressing issues confronting diverse communities by the Intercultural Dialogue Institute.
A celebration of diversity
Galloway said his latest award is a positive step forward in terms of representation in Canadian media.
“When you see yourself or hear yourself in the media, that means that you are part of the story in the city. For a long time, that wasn’t the case. Now it is the case. And you’re seeing more diversity, not just in television but hearing it on radio, you’re seeing it online — so to have that celebrated is important, I think,” he said.
“For people who might feel themselves marginalized, might feel themselves pushed to the fringes, when they hear their stories — not just the bad stories, but also the good stories and the stories in between — when they hear those stories on the radio on a daily basis, it affirms that they belong.”
Source: CBC News