Brandon University Chancellor and veteran broadcaster Henry Champ died in Washington, D.C. Sunday at the age of 75.
Born in Hartney and raised in Brandon, Champ got his start as a journalist at the Brandon Sun in the early 1960s.
In his first role as the university’s sixth Chancellor, Champ, who worked as CBC’s Washington correspondent until 2008, told nearly 250 people at a presentation that he was excited about the opportunity to use his experience from the broadcast world to help the school.
"I loved the job that I had, and I loved my career, but hey, there are things I want to do," Champ told the audience in 2008. "This is just golden, because it serves as a nice centre. I don’t kid myself that I’m going to run the University ... but there are things that I may be able to help them with, and that’s what I’m looking forward to doing."
Champ studied arts at Brandon University in 1957 and 1958, with his first journalism job coming in the sports department of the Brandon Sun.
"Brandon was the best possible place to grow up. It was a wonderful experience," he said. "I thought the lessons I learned here served me well - although I can’t give any examples — it’s just something I’ve always carried with me."
Champ’s contributions were recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Radio-Television News Directors Association.
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