George Stroumboulopoulos, broadcaster
George Stroumboulopoulos went to Pakistan to learn about WFP's work there after the catastrophic flooding of 2010.
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Canada Ambassador Against Hunger
One of Canada's most popular and respected broadcaster, 38-year-old George Stroumboulopoulos is also a leading voice against hunger, with an extensive humanitarian track record.
The Canadian television and radio personality has won kudos as host of CBC Television's George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight (formerly The Hour), a 30-minute talk show about current affairs, politics, arts and culture. See George announcing his ambassadorship
George also hosts CBC's The Strombo Show, a three-hour radio show featuring a wide-ranging mix of music and artists. During his 18 years in the field, the Ontario native has won a number of journalism honours, including 10 Gemini awards for The Hour. In 2010, the show -- which includes interviews with some of the biggest names in politics, entertainment and sports -- was updated to the current George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight. See George interviewing Stephen Lewis about WFP
George's work goes far beyond journalism to embrace the fight against hunger and other humanitarian causes. He has been involved in a wide array of charitable events, including executive producing and hosting "Canada for Haiti," a live benefit that raised over $27 million for Haitian earthquake victims.
He is also a leading advocate of WFP, visiting our operations in Pakistan in February to witness firsthand the destructive effects of the 2010 floods and WFP's food assistance programmes to help families rebuild their lives. In Sindh province, George met mothers whose children receive highly nutritious foods through WFP child feeding programmes.
"For most of us, we only see the effects of disasters through the prism of media. The effects of the floods, earthquakes and conflicts and it can all be overwhelming. But getting to be on the ground, you see firsthand the people working together to provide nutritious food to those in need and the empowering of those affected to rebuild," he said. To see the documentary click here.
In late 2011, almost two years after Haiti was hit by a devastating earthquake, he travelled to the Caribbean island to see what had happened in the country since the disaster and to meet with aid workers involved in the recovery operation. Learn more
George has also mobilized his fans and followers to help feed hungry children through WeFeedback.org, WFP's new, innovative social media initiative. Together, they are realizing WeFeedback's message -- that if we all do a little, we can achieve a lot. Go to George's personal WeFeedback page
George is a fan of another WFP initiative; our FreeRice.com educational online game, which he actively promotes and plays on his show. He has challenged his audience to upgrade his group's rank to number 1 (from number 13) in the game, which donates 10 grains of rice for every correct answer provided to WFP.
As further recognition of the popular journalist’s commitment to humanitarian issues, and hunger in particular, in March 2012 he was named ‘Young Global Leader for 2012’ by the The World Economic Forum.
Profession: Broadcaster, host of CBC's George Stoumboulopoulos Tonight and The Strombo Show. Winner of numerous media awards, including 10 Gemini awards.
WFP Ambassador Against hunger since: March, 2011
Related links: http://www.cbc.ca/strombo/about.html