Mansbridge began his career in 1968 in Churchill, Manitoba where he helped develop CBC Radio's news service to northern Canada. In 1971, he moved to Winnipeg to be a reporter for CBC Radio and in 1972, he joined CBC Television. After becoming a reporter for the National in Saskatchewan in 1975, he moved on in 1976 to be parliamentary correspondent in Ottawa.
He became Chief Correspondent and anchor of The National in 1988.
Now in his fourth decade with CBC News, Mansbridge has provided comprehensive coverage of some of the most significant stories in Canada and around the world.
Mansbridge has received ten Gemini Awards for excellence in broadcast journalism. He has won the Gemini for Best Anchor eight times, receiving the award more times than anyone else. He has also won the Gemini for Best Overall Broadcast Journalist - the prestigious Gordon Sinclair Award – twice. He was awarded the gold medal for Best News Anchor at the 2000 New York Festival in a competition of television networks around the world.
Mansbridge has also been honoured by a number of institutes of higher learning. He has received honourary degrees from Mount Royal College in Calgary, Alberta; the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg; Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick. He was named the 1998 Arnold Wolfers' Fellow at Yale University, in New Haven, Connecticut. And in the spring of 2001, he was invited to lecture at Oxford University in England as part of that institution's distinguished speakers series.
Mansbridge was born in London, England on July 6, 1948. He was educated in Ottawa and served in the Royal Canadian Navy in 1966 and 1967. Mr. Mansbridge has two daughters from his first marriage. His 3 ½ year union with Wendy Mesley was quite a public affair, especially the divorce. Now married to Cynthia Dale, since 1998, he lives with her and their four-year-old son in Stratford, Ontario.