Articles by Stephane Giroux
Stephane Giroux is a bit of an oddity in the media landscape. He’s probably the only journalist at CTV who was asked to learn to speak English on his very first day on the job back in 1994.
Stephane grew up in Town of Mount-Royal and studied journalism and political science at Concordia University, Upon graduation, he moved to the Gaspé coast, where he became a reporter at the English-language weekly The Spec, which serves the local English-speaking community. He also doubled as a freelancer for the Québec Daily Le Soleil, allowing him to navigate in both English and French, fulfilling his dream of connecting Canada's linguistic duality.
After a short stint doing TV and radio for Radio-Canada's Gaspé office, Stéphane returned to Montreal, and began a long, fruitful career at CFCF-12, the precursor of CTV Montreal.
Stephane began covering the courthouse beat almost by chance, replacing a reporter who couldn't go. He liked it immediately, and year later, he was awarded the Leon Levinson bursary at McGill University, as an acknowledgement of his work at the courthouse. He began his law degree but the journalism call was too strong, and he returned to the newsroom a year later.
Stephane obtained his second professional nod in 1997 as a finalist in the Radio and Television Directors Award (RTNDA, now RTDNA) for his incursion into the silently emerging opioid crisis.
Other rewarded work involves team efforts for major inquiries like ambulance response time, the emergence of street gangs, and countless election nights.
Stéphane's most memorable news coverage involves the nail-biting Quebec referendum night in 1995, the physically trying Ice Storm of 1998 during which he lived out of his camper, the changing realities of society after Sept. 11, and some surprising, and sometimes traumatizing criminal trials at the Montreal courthouse. The most notables were those of biker gang members, who's blind brutality shocked the province. Though nothing equalled covering the Charbonneau Commission in 2012, an investigation into corruption in the construction industry. The two-year assignment exposed widespread corruption between organized crime figures, fundraisers, political figures, and shady contractors.
In recent years, Stéphane has devoted his energy to the cause of freedom of the press. He was president of the Federation Professionnelle des Journalistes du Québec, (FPJQ) pressuring authorities to respect transparency, access to information, freedom of speech while denouncing attempts to intimidate or silence journalism.
Stephane is a father of two, grandfather of one. He likes photography, fishing, Quebec history, and rock music: the louder the better.