CTV police reporter Jim Junkin to retire

Jim JunkinLong-time police reporter Jim Junkin will retire in August after a 41-year career with CTV Toronto.

Junkin got his first job in broadcasting at age 15 at Oakville’s CHWO, and joined CTV as a weekend news anchor in 1969.

Broadcaster Magazine reports:

“Best known as a police reporter, Junkin spent more than 25 years covering Toronto’s crime beat. He said the most difficult cases involved crimes against children. “Those were always the toughest,” he said.  “And I felt it was my duty to see these cases through the courts, to make sure the victims were not forgotten, and that the public knew justice was served.”

“Junkin’s outstanding coverage of emergency situations won several awards in the Greater Toronto Area. In 2005, Junkin was presented with the RTNDA’s Lifetime Achievement award.”

“Spending the last four decades with CTV Toronto, doing what I love to do while making a difference in the community, has been a childhood dream come true,” said Jim Junkin. “CTV Toronto is family to me and when the toughest stories hit, I knew they were behind me every step of the way. I’ve done all I want to do in broadcasting and I am ready for retirement.”