Richard Madan is Washington Bureau Correspondent for CTV News. His new role, effective September, 2016, follows his position as Parliamentary Correspondent for CTV’s Ottawa Bureau, which he joined in January, 2010.
An accomplished journalist and political specialist, Madan has covered dozens of political and economic summits around the world.
Madan reported live from Justin Trudeau’s campaign headquarters when CTV News first declared a Liberal Majority on the night of the historic 2015 election. He was also CTV’s lead reporter assigned to the NDP campaign during the 2011 federal election. Madan chronicled the party’s meteoric rise, and was one of the first to report on the historic breakthrough of Jack Layton and his party.
Beyond reporting from the campaign trail or breaking political stories on Parliament Hill, Madan has also covered global economic summits, provincial elections, U.S. primaries, and live from Chicago when Barack Obama was first elected President of the U.S., and was in battleground Florida in 2016 when that state helped deliver Donald Trump the Presidency of the United States.
Madan’s high profile international assignments brought him to earthquake-devastated Haiti, on board a Canadian warship patrolling the Black Sea, to live reports following the deadly terror attack in Orlando, Florida.
Back in Canada, Madan’s reporting on veteran issues exposed a mental health crisis among Canadian Forces personnel who served in Afghanistan – stories which led to changes in cabinet and more importantly, in how Ottawa treats Canada’s injured veterans.
Born in Georgia, U.S., Madan moved to Canada as a child but closely followed politics on both sides of the border, helping to spark his interest and subsequent career in politics.
After studying Political Science at Carleton University, Madan worked as a policy aide to various MPs on Parliament Hill. He then made the leap into journalism as a freelance reporter for various newspapers in Ottawa.
Madan got his start in television with Global News in Winnipeg, MB. He then joined the CBC as its Legislative Reporter in 2000, working out of the Manitoba Legislature. In 2005, Madan returned to Ontario joining CityNews as the station’s Political Specialist, frequently travelling between Toronto and Ottawa before joining CTV News in 2010.
Off-air, Richard enjoys keeping current on Canadian and U.S. politics. He loves to travel and play music. He is an amateur piano, guitar, and accordion player. He’s a member of “The Superdelegates” – the band that performs at Ottawa’s annual Press Gallery Dinner.
Follow Richard on Twitter at @RichardMadan
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My stories air most nights on CTV National News, but here are some of my online dispatches:
A quick tour aboard the NDP campaign plane during 2011 Federal Election:
Stuck in the far north: A trip with the Prime Minister to Canada’s Arctic was temporarily grounded when a storm hit Churchill, Manitoba: