Daniel Dale

Reporting on Trump, the Fords and the Facts

Photo of Daniel Dale
Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Room 110, Instructional Centre
University of Toronto Mississauga (MAP)
& Live-Stream

Award-winning reporter Daniel Dale has built his career on fact-checking politicians. At the 2019 Snider Lecture, Dale will share his stories about his time at CNN and the Toronto Star covering Donald Trump, Rob Ford and Doug Ford. He'll focus on his fact-checking work—why he started it and kept doing it, why facts still matter in this era, why it's important to call a lie a lie, how people across the spectrum have reacted to what he does and how the media is still failing in handling political dishonesty. He'll also offer some advice to citizens about how they can contribute to a fact-based discourse.

Watch the video of Daniel Dale's talk on Thursday, October 3rd at U of T Mississauga.


Daniel Dale is a reporter on CNN’s fact-check team. Dale previously spent 11 years as a reporter for the Toronto Star. As the Star’s Washington Bureau Chief from 2015 to 2019, he developed an international following as the first journalist to fact-check every false statement from President Donald Trump. Dale also covered Trump's administration, Canada-U.S. relations, the 2016 and 2018 campaigns, and breaking news and social issues around the country, including mass shootings in Charleston and Dallas, riots in Baltimore, racial segregation in Milwaukee and the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts. From 2010 to 2014, Dale broke major stories about Toronto Mayor Rob Ford as a city hall reporter and bureau chief. He won the Norman Webster Award for International Reporting at the 2019 National Newspaper Awards for his Trump coverage. He won the National Newspaper Award for Short Features in 2012 and the Edward Goff Penny Memorial Prize for Canada's best young journalist in 2010 and 2011. He was named by Politico as one of the ”breakout media stars” of the 2016 election and by Toronto Life as one of Toronto’s 50 most influential people in 2017 and 2018. A native of Thornhill, he holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from York University's Schulich School of Business.