Bernie Lucht, executive producer for CBC Radio One’s Ideas and Tapestry programs, is the Irving Chair in Journalism at St. Thomas University.
Bernie Lucht, executive producer for CBC Radio One’s Ideas and Tapestry programs, has been named the Irving Chair in Journalism at St. Thomas University for 2011-2012.

The award-winning producer will be on campus for two months in January and February 2012 conducting workshops for students and delivering a public lecture.

“It's a wonderful honour to have been appointed the Irving Chair in Journalism. I’m looking forward with great enthusiasm to being part of the journalistic community at St. Thomas next year,” said Lucht.

“Bernie Lucht is one of the most creative, influential, and respected producers working in public broadcasting today. We are simply thrilled that he is coming to St Thomas as our Irving Chair,” said Michael Camp, Director of the journalism programme.

Lucht was born and raised in Montreal and earned a bachelor of arts from Concordia University (formerly Sir George Williams) in 1966. He began his career with the CBC that year as a producer with Radio-Canada International, producing daily news and current affairs programs for broadcasts overseas. He has a 45-year history with the CBC, with only one interruption from 1969 to 1971 when we volunteered in Nigeria, teaching West African history at a government secondary school and economics to local government employees. While in Africa, Lucht wrote articles on African affairs for The Montreal Star.

When Lucht returned to Canada, he spent one year as a production assistant for Ideas before being named producer. In 1984, he became the executive producer, taking on overall strategic, editorial, creative and administrative responsibility for the popular CBC program.

Under his direction, Ideas has won many national and international awards. He has received numerous awards for his work including the John Drainie Award for Distinguished Contribution to Broadcasting and a National Radio Award for Best Radio Documentary for “HMS Revenge: Abroad the Polaris.” In 1986 he was awarded a Gabriel Award (first prize in news and information category) and a Canadian Science Writers’ Award for “Hiroshima/Nagasaki: 40 Years After.”

In addition to the regular programs he has been responsible for over the years, Lucht has also produced a number of CBC network specials including “From Naked Ape to Superspecies,” a six-episode series by David Suzuki and “The Gorbachev Revolution,” a six-episode series by Gwynne Dyer. He is the editor of Ideas: Brilliant Thinkers Speak Their Minds (2005) and Ideas for a New Century (2008).

The Irving Chair in Journalism is a $1-million endowment of the Irving family that brings a distinguished journalist to St. Thomas University annually. Previous chair holders are Jane Purves, Neil Reynolds, Patrick Martin, Stevie Cameron, Michael Harris and Jan Wong.