Robert Fife, one of Canada's most prominent political journalists, is joining The Globe and Mail in the new year.
Known for his extensive contacts and ability to break exclusive news, Mr. Fife will lead The Globe's political coverage as Ottawa bureau chief, starting Jan. 1.
He comes from CTV News, where he has worked as a reporter for the last decade. He is the television news network's Ottawa bureau chief – a role he will hold until the end of December.
After he joins The Globe, he will host a weekly political program, Question Period with The Globe and Mail's Robert Fife, which will be broadcast on the CTV network on Sunday mornings.
"Bob is the country's most influential political journalist and I'm delighted to welcome him to The Globe and Mail," said Editor-in-Chief David Walmsley in a statement. "Bob's appointment to this key role sends a clear message to the market that we are taking The Globe's political coverage to new heights."
Mr. Fife, who has covered Parliament Hill since 1978, spent part of his early career as a senior political reporter at The Canadian Press before leading the political bureaus at the Sun Media chain and the National Post, as well as serving as a political columnist.
He has also penned multiple books, including, A Capital Scandal: Politics, Patronage and Payoff – Why Parliament Must Be Reformed; and Kim Campbell: The Making of a Politician.
"We're entering a period of extraordinary change in the nation's capital as a new government takes office, and I'm honoured to be joining such a talented team at this fascinating time," Mr. Fife said in a statement. "I have always admired The Globe's insightful political commentary and trusted reporting, and look forward to contributing to the fine work being done in the Ottawa Bureau."
In 2013, Mr. Fife broke the news that Nigel Wright, then the chief of staff to prime minister Stephen Harper, had given Senator Mike Duffy a $90,000 personal cheque to repay questionable Senate expenses. The revelation continued to dog the former Conservative government into the recent federal election.
CTV's current deputy bureau chief in Ottawa, Laurie Graham, will take over as acting Ottawa bureau chief for CTV News on Jan. 1, when Mr. Fife departs.
In recent months, CTV's parent company, Bell Media, has been undergoing a major restructuring, cutting hundreds of jobs, including at CTV stations across the country.