Betty Kennedy, journalist, author, retired Senator and once one of the country’s best known television personalities, famed for her appearances on CBC’s iconic Front Page Challenge, has died at 91.
Kennedy died on Monday, according to a statement released by her family.
The veteran journalist and broadcaster hosted the “Betty Kennedy Show” on Toronto’s CFRB radio for 27 years, where she interviewed a who’s who of notable personalities, including actress Debbie Reynolds and former prime minister Pierre Trudeau. But Kennedy is probably best known for her 33-year run as a panelist on CBC’s Front Page Challenge, from 1962 until its cancellation in 1995.
Kennedy was appointed to the Senate by former prime minister Jean Chrétien on June 20, 2000. She retired less than six months later on her 75th birthday.
Born and raised in Ottawa, Kennedy is survived by sons Mark, Shawn and D’Arcy Kennedy and daughter Tracy Brown.
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