Famous Burlingtonians

Betty Kennedy - CFRB Broadcaster/Canadian Senator

Betty Kennedy is a Canadian broadcaster, journalist, author and retired Senator. She is best-known as a panelist on Front Page Challenge, Canada’s longest running television program. She joined the program in 1962 and stayed with the show until its final broadcast in 1995. Kennedy started her journalism career as a teenager working with the Ottawa Citizen. From there she moved to radio in the 1940s. In 1959 she was appointed Public Affairs Editor of CFRB. While there she was hostess of the Betty Kennedy Show. In 2000 Betty was appointed to the Canadian Senate where she served until 2001. She received numerous honours throughout her career including being made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1982, being elected to the Canadian News Hall of Fame in 1983 and to the Canadian Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 1992.  Kennedy passed away in 2017.