Memorable Manitobans: Roger Newman (1935-2021)
Born at Winnipeg on 12 April 1935, son of Doris and Lincoln Newman, his family moved frequently during his childhood, living at Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, and London, England. He attended high school at Highgate School in London and West Hill High School in Montreal.
In 1954, he began a career in journalism at the Montreal Gazette, later working as a reporter at the Daily Commercial News (1955), St. James Leader (1956-1958), and Brandon Sun (1958-1959); city hall reporter at the Kingston Whig-Standard (1959-1960), legislative reporter and financial editor for the Winnipeg Free Press (1960-1965); news director at CKOC Radio at Hamilton (1962); business reporter at the Globe and Mail (1965-1968); editor of the Manitoba Business Journal (1968); and business editor at the Winnipeg Tribune (1968-1971).
He started a freelance writing business in 1971 and, over the next 20 years, wrote for newspapers and magazines across Canada, broadcast on radio and television programs, and taught journalism part-time at Red River College where his students included future Winnipeg Free Press reporters Paul Samyn and Randy Turner. He was a member of The Nor'Westers (1988) and editor of the Interlake Spectator (1990-1995) until retirement. He served as President of the Winnipeg Press Club (1981).
He and wife Jan had three children.
He retired to Gimli where he co-founded the Aspire Theatre Group. He died at his Gimli home on 19 February 2021.
“Manitoba Business Journal appointment,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 August 1968, page 54.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 27 February 2021.
“The write stuff,” Winnipeg Free Press, 20 March 2021.
Obituary, Neil Bardal Funeral Home.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 30 October 2022