Bill Haugland -  Author, News Reporter, Ex-TV Anchorman

Monday, September 14, 2009 at 6:00 PM

"Taking a Cue from Johnny Carson: H-e-e-e-r's Haughland!!"

Bill Haughland is perhaps best known as the recently retired Anchor of the CTV evening news in Montreal.  After 46 years in the radio and TV business,  including 29 as news anchor, he retired to his home in Vermont at the end of November 2006.  His house, built in 1860, belonged to his maternal grandfather and holds many happy memories of childhood vacations and holidays spent there.

This year, he finished writing a mystery entitled, “Mobile 9,” that he has been working on since retirement, and had it published this spring.  The story is about a young TV reporter in the 1960s whose life suddenly becomes more exciting than he could have imagined.

Bill Haugland attended elementary school in NDG and Macdonald High School in Ste. Anne de Bellevue.  After a year and a half at Sir George Williams University, his father arranged an audition at CFOX Radio where Gord Sinclair recommended him to CJAD which, in turn sponsored him to a Canadian Association of Broadcasters course at Ryerson Institure where he finished sixth in a class of 150.  That summer, 1961, he was hired as a mail boy at CFCF Radio but, within six months was taken on in the news room.  In 1964, CFCF Radio joined the TV station and Bill became a TV reporter and, in due course, the anchor of the six o’clock evening news where he served until his retirement in 2006.

In retirement, he has been busy writing his book (Mobile 9), looking after ailing parents and pursuing his love of music (guitar and piano) and painting.  He and his wife, Linda, had four children, one of whom, Hugh, a TV cameraman, recently died in a helicopter crash.  Bill is thankful for Linda’s strength throughout their marriage and especially following this tragedy..  They have four grandchildren.

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