Born in Dartmouth Nova Scotia, Graham Hart graduated from Dartmouth High and attended Dalhousie University, Halifax in pursuit of an engineering degree. Having worked at a local radio station (CHNS) during the summer months as a means of financing his education, he became increasingly interested in the electronic media, moving into full time employment there while continuing his studies. Eventually deciding to, at least for a while, give his full attention to broadcasting, he accepted an on-air position in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia (CKBW), then, after returning to a broadcasting outlet in Halifax (CJCH) for a year, Graham moved to Ontario to become an announcer in Chatham, Hamilton and Niagara Falls (CFCO, CHML & CJRN). In 1973, he accepted a position with CHEX Television where he became a news anchor and subsequently held a number of management positions, including News Director and Executive Vice President of one of the company’s radio stations. For the past few years, he has devoted most of his attention to television newsroom related activities, producing news specials and his weekly feature “Flashback” in which he presents news stories from the CHEX Newswatch archives, and follows with details that have unfolded since the story first aired.
Graham has been associated with a variety of organizations in Peterborough.
He was a founding board member of both Arbour Theatre and the Peterborough Festival of the Arts, acting as the latter's president for several years. He's volunteered with the Ontario March of Dimes for some 35 years, in the early days as Chairperson of its annual door to door fund-raising campaign then later, as Chair of the Local Advisory Committee, he sat on the Provincial Advisory Committee in Toronto. He's been a board member of both the Chatham and Peterborough Branches of the Canadian Mental Health Association and for a time served as the latter’s President, more recently sitting on the CMHA Health Promotion Strategic Planning Committee and is a current member of its Ethics Committee. He was a board member of the Peterborough Family Resource Centre throughout much of the 90's and now sits on the Friends of the PFRC's Board. He worked some years ago with the Save The Market Hall Committee, played a roll in successful efforts to restore and maintain the Peterborough clock tower and was an Honourary Board member of the recently completed Market Hall Restoration project. He served as a member of the board of the Peterborough Concert Association; he's a founding member of the Peterborough Pathway of Fame Steering Committee, acting as its Vice Chairman for the past 12 years; he was a volunteer in the Lakefield Animal Welfare Society's “Raise the Woof” building campaign; he's completed a four year term as a Warden of Peterborough's All Saints’ Anglican Church and currently serves as chairman of the All Saints' Heritage Trust Committee; and is a recent addition to the Resource Development Committee of the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough.
Graham served on the Peter Robinson Awards Committee that was struck by the Mayor in the year 2000, and again in 2005, to recognize exceptional achievements of past and present Peterborough residents and for several years he’s been one of three judges who have chosen the winners of the Peterborough Historical Society’s Annual Heritage Awards. He has been the recipient of a number of awards of his own, among them, he was the first to be presented with the Gordon Holnbeck Community Service Award and as such acts on a judging panel that chooses subsequent recipients; he was named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International through the Rotary Club of Peterborough, and was, along with CHEX Television, the recipient of the first ever Media Award given by Ontario Division, Canadian Mental Health Association, for "outstanding contribution to the coverage of mental health issues". More recently he was awarded the annual Media Award by the Ontario Brain Injury Association in recognition of his two part series on a young Peterborough boy who was brain injured in an automobile accident more than 40 years ago and in 2011 he received the 4-Counties Brain Injury Association's Media award for his help in advancing "relevant information on the effects of acquired brain injury".
Besides his frequent appearances on CHEX Television’s Newswatch, and in the community as a speaker and Master of Ceremonies for various non-profit organizations and fund-raising events, Graham has been a regular for nearly 40 years on the Annual CHEX Easter Seals Telethon for children with disabilities and is widely remembered as the "man with all the answers" for his time as host of the popular intramural TV program Campus Quiz that ran for years on CHEX TV.
More recently he is remembered for his weekly Grammar for Grownups segment on Newswatch @ 5:30 that delved into some of today’s observed misuses of grammar.
Graham, in his early years, performed in dance bands and later appeared on stage in a number of theatrical productions. Today he enjoys his membership in the United Services Institute of Peterborough and the Peterborough Fortnightly Club and continues to be challenged by the restoration, construction and maintenance of old houses (an 1870's Rubidge House in Peterborough and his 1880's frame home in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia). He owns a number of late 50s/early 60s Mercedes Benz automobiles in various states of restoration and has a modest collection of British motorcycles, the oldest of which, a rare 1938 BSA, first model year, 500 cc Gold Star in original operating condition.
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