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Seamus O’Regan appointed Distinguished Visiting Innovator at Ryerson University

Accomplished TV news reporter and host to participate in mentoring, partnership-building, community outreach


Seamus O’Regan, the former co-host of CTV’s morning show Canada AM who has covered breaking news and cultural affairs worldwide, has been appointed distinguished visiting innovator at Ryerson University’s Digital Media Zone (DMZ) and RTA School of Media in the Faculty of Communication & Design. His appointment is for a two-year term.

O’Regan has interviewed heads of state, artists and peacemakers, and conducted on-the-ground reporting of news including the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, and the 2010 Winter Olympics. He has reported from Afghanistan and the Antarctic Peninsula, and traveled to Somalia to raise awareness of the country’s devastating famine. O’Regan was nominated for two Gemini Awards, named to Maclean’s magazine’s “100 Young Canadians to Watch” and is the first journalist on the “Canada’s Top 40 Under 40” list.

“As an established journalist who has reported on a broad range of issues for top Canadian media outlets, and who has an in-depth understanding of Canada’s media industry, Seamus O’Regan will provide valuable insights and expertise to students at Ryerson’s DMZ and RTA School of Media,” said Mohamed Lachemi, provost and vice president academic.

As a distinguished visiting innovator, O’Regan will mentor and advise DMZ entrepreneurs and RTA Media graduate student innovators, promote the stories of DMZ innovators worldwide, and represent Ryerson to the wider community.

“Seamus’ acute understanding of and perspective on Canada’s evolving media landscape means our students will learn how effective storytelling can help to advance their ideas and innovations,” said Gerd Hauck, dean, Faculty of Communication & Design.

“Ryerson is a leading training ground and incubator for Canada’s future media professionals and digital innovators, so I’m grateful for this opportunity to contribute to its reputation and to support students in their career endeavours,” said O’Regan.

A native of St. John’s, Newfoundland, O’Regan studied politics at St. Francis Xavier University and University College, Dublin, and marketing strategies at INSEAD in Paris. He achieved his Masters of Philosophy degree from the University of Cambridge, England.

His media career began in 2000 with his involvement in the innovative current affairs program the chatroom. In 2002, he began co-hosting Canada AM, where he worked for over nine years. He was host of Bravo TV’s The O’Regan Files and Arts & Minds. Among the newsmakers O’Regan has interviewed are Prime Minister Stephen Harper and seven other prime ministers, as well as President Bill Clinton, Bishop Desmond Tutu and Conrad Black. O’Regan is a national ambassador for Bell’s Let’s Talk, which supports those suffering mental illnesses. 

Ryerson University is Canada's leader in innovative, career-oriented education and a university clearly on the move. With a mission to serve societal need, and a long-standing commitment to engaging its community, Ryerson offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs. Distinctly urban, culturally diverse and inclusive, the university is home to more than 38,000 students, including 2,300 master's and PhD students, nearly 2,700 faculty and staff, and more than 155,000 alumni worldwide. Research at Ryerson is on a trajectory of success and growth: externally funded research has doubled in the past four years. The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is Canada's leading provider of university-based adult education. For more information, visit



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