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Biography

Born and raised in St. John's, Nfld., Nix Wadden is a graduate of St. Bonaventure=s College in St. John's, N.L., studied at Memorial University of Newfoundland and is a B.A. graduate of St. Francis Xavier University, N.S.

He worked as a writer, reporter and editor in Newfoundland news media between 1952 and 1966. He served briefly at the Daily News and Telegram newspapers, but worked primarily in radio and television news. After three years with Harvey News, which supplied major news programs broadcast on VOCM, he set up and directed that station's first newsroom operation in 1957. He later took on senior radio and TV news editor duties at CJON, forerunner of today's NTV and OZ-FM, also writing news features and a business column for the Newfoundland Herald. He was President of the Newfoundland Press Club 1959-61.

Nix moved to Ottawa in 1966 as an Information Officer with the Federal Department of Fisheries, rising to senior communications and public affairs posts in Fisheries and Oceans, Environment and Transport departments and the Federal Communications Council, of which he was Executive Director. His community activities included service as national chairman of the Government Section and President of the Ottawa Chapter of the Canadian Public Relations Society, Director of the Information Services Institute and member of the National Press Club. He also handled communications for the Ottawa Folk Festival.

An active amateur photographer, specializing in production of audio-visual shows, he was for ten years newsletter editor for Ottawa's 300 member RA Photo Club, served as its first communications chairman, and wrote a club history published in 2014. He established a long-running series of exhibits by Ottawa photographers presented at the National Press Club.

Nix is author of Gower Street: A Memoir, published by Flanker Press in September 2015. It recaptures distinctive lifestyles and personalities encountered while growing up in the 1930s, 40s and 50s, from the great depression and the Second World War to Confederation's early years.

As a freelance writer, Nix has contributed to such publications as the Newfoundland Quarterly, Camera Canada, Downhome magazine, Fifty Plus Magazine, the St. John=s Telegram and the Ottawa Citizen. His first book was Yesterday's News, an account of his Newfoundland journalistic career published in 2008. He is married to the former Madeline Roche of St. John's and they have two children, Dianne in Ottawa and Ron in Toronto.

 

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