Gord Steinke has been a driving pressure within the Edmonton media panorama for many years, and after 30 years on the anchor desk for International Edmonton, he’s signing off for good this week.
Steinke is thought throughout central and northern Alberta for co-anchoring the International Information Hour at 6 and International Information at 5.
Every day Hive chatted with the long-lasting anchor on his retirement plans, his most memorable tales over his prolonged profession, recommendation for the brand new International Information Hour at 6 anchor and extra.
His resolution on leaving International Edmonton
“I’ve had 36 great years working in journalism. I imply it’s been an incredible profession for me and it simply seems like now, at 63, it’s time for a brand new change, a little bit of an early retirement,” Steinke mentioned, pointing to a recreation plan he and his spouse agreed upon.
“It’s time to present any individual else an opportunity,” he added. “I need to thank all of the viewers which have watched and been so supportive through the years. Individuals have been so sort, I’m fortunate to be going out by myself phrases.”
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His most memorable tales
Over his 30+ years at International Edmonton, large tales occurred within the metropolis in addition to the province. Steinke says out of all of them, a pair of pure disasters got here to thoughts.
One catastrophe Steinke lined was the 2000 Pine Lake twister that tore by way of a campground southeast of Crimson Deer, claiming 12 lives.
“These ones are all the time laborious as a result of there was a number of those who died and so they arrange a makeshift morgue in a cook dinner space I consider, it was fairly tragic and it simply appeared like a battle zone,” Steinke mentioned.
One other catastrophe that has clung to Steinke’s thoughts is the most costly pure catastrophe in Canadian historical past, the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfires.
The hardest information occasions to cowl
As for a number of the hardest information days, Steinke added there have been many who caught out, together with the Mayerthorpe Tragedy within the spring of 2005, when 4 Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officers have been shot and killed by James Roszko.
“That was intense, that was a troublesome one. I actually bought to know the households that have been concerned and the wives and the dad and mom of loads of these individuals, and I stayed in contact with many of those individuals after,” he mentioned.
One other information occasion that has caught with Steinke through the years was the homicide of six-year-old Corrine (Punky) Gustavson that occurred in 1992, and the following seek for the perpetrator.
“We teamed up with CTV, which [was] extraordinary in these days, and I feel we did an hour particular to try to generate some suggestions, talked to the detectives contain and the police, witnesses and I feel that story actually affected me quite a bit as a result of the household was in such dire straights. Something we may do to make clear that story, it was an actual honour.”
“Michael White trial, all of the courtroom stuff. You by no means actually neglect them, you cowl them so in-depth, they’re part of you.”
The factor he’s going to overlook in regards to the job
Steinke says the factor he’s going to overlook essentially the most about his job might be boiled down to 2 phrases: Breaking information.
“The newsroom simply begins buzzing and it’s simply kind of the whirlwind of every day information and that info is simply coming in sooner. I’ll miss the camaraderie and the teamwork that goes collectively in placing collectively a supper-hour newscast.”
What he’s not going to overlook in regards to the job
“On a superficial degree, I’m not going to overlook my watch,” Steinke mentioned.
“My day begins right here and I’ve to be someplace on a regular basis and all the pieces is counted right down to the second, all the pieces revolves round a bloody watch.”
A second factor he’s not going to overlook? The numerous stairs within the International Edmonton constructing.
“The task editor mentioned he may hear my knees beginning to crinkle when I’m within the cafeteria, so I believed okay that’s one other signal I gotta get out of right here,” Steinke mentioned jokingly.
His journeys deliberate to take pleasure in retirement
An avid motorcyclist, Steinke is losing no time driving off into retirement and having fun with a while on the highway.
“We all the time make a journey to the mountains and if the climate appears good, we’ll be doing that like, subsequent week,” Steinke added, hitting up Mount Robson, Revelstoke, Golden and the Okanagan alongside the way in which.
His largest journey is one which he has deliberate along with his spouse to Portugal, the place they’ll lease a motorbike, in fact, and head to Morocco.
“I need to go to the locations the place the Rolling Stones and Led Zepplin went, there’s an enormous music tradition there. It’s only a completely different tradition and a unique scene and to do it on the again of a motorbike, it’s solely the way in which to do it.”
His recommendation for the brand new International Information Hour at 6 anchor
Former CTV Information Vancouver anchor Scott Roberts has been picked as Steinke’s alternative, a alternative Steinke says is welcomed.
“I’ve already informed him that he’s coming right into a beneficiant neighborhood, and he is aware of that. He was actually wanting ahead to coming again to Edmonton,”
“And don’t piss off Carole Anne– she’ll make your life hell,” Steinke lovingly joked about his longtime co-anchor, Carole Anne Devaney, who has spent greater than a decade with him on the anchor desk.
“It’s a extremely good crew and I hope [Roberts] settles in right here and the neighborhood embraces what he does.”
Steinke’s final day at International Edmonton is Wednesday, August 31.
All through his profession, he has been awarded an RTDNA Canada Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016, appointed an Honourary Lieutenant Colonel of the 15 Edmonton Discipline Ambulance (a part of the forty first Canadian Brigade Group), and acquired the distinguished Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers from the Governor Basic of Canada.