QCT welcomes “Black” former columnist


Peter Black is back at the QCT!  

The Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph is proud to announce the return of popular columnist and newly retired CBC Radio producer Peter Black to its pages. Black wrote a column on Quebec affairs from 1992 until 2006 that ran in the QCT and other Quebec papers, as well as many newspapers across Canada. Now, after a ten-year “hiatus” (during which time he managed to stay as busy as ever), Peter Black will be back in our pages, and the QCT is pleased to offer readers his unique blend of questioning and analysis.

 Although Black got his start in print journalism, he is primarily known as a radio veteran. At CBC, he produced Quebec AM and Breakaway, Quebec City based shows dedicated to covering English-language events both here and in other regions of the province. In over 25 years with the CBC, Black worked for a time as a morning newsreader and assignment editor, and also did several documentary and special reports.

Prior to his career at the CBC, Black worked as a news editor at the Montreal Daily News, editor of the Westmount Examiner and as a columnist for the NDG Monitor. He has also written for The New York Times and the Montreal Gazette, in addition to magazines such as Canadian Geographic, Canada’s History (formerly The Beaver), Legion Magazine and Air Canada’s enRoute. Yet Black’s career all began in 1977 with his first job as a journalist at the Daily Press, in his hometown of Timmins, Ontario. 

Black took a break from journalism in 1979 to work as a legislative and press assistant on Parliament Hill in Ottawa for five years. It was there that he met his wife Anne. The couple have two sons, both of whom currently live in Quebec City and share their father’s talent in the theatre. Black is well known for his involvement with the Quebec Art Company, in addition to his work with the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec (Morrin Centre). A hockey lover through and through, he also manages a garage hockey group. 

As Peter Black told the QCT, his revived column “will follow the content and tone of the previous version.” For readers not familiar with Black’s writing, he is known for providing context, historical and otherwise, to the events and personalities that shape Quebec. 

The QCT is confident that readers young and not-so-young will appreciate Black’s insightful column, which will run bi-weekly, starting next week. And we are certain that readers will join us in saying, “Welcome back, Peter!”