He's been identified as the man who has followed in his father's footsteps. Like his dad, Michael Connor, Brendan Connor found himself in the broadcast industry.
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Attending Lockerby and Sudbury High, Brendan Connor excelled in football and basketball and earned a basketball scholarship to Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York. He then went to Queen's University. While doing so, he worked in radio both in Kingston and London, and returned home to work summers at CKSO. At that time he worked the Sudbury airwaves under the name Jody Connor, a nickname known to his friends.
Regardless of an English Literature degree from Queen’s, teaching would take a back seat to broadcasting. He believed his degree would however, be a great asset due to the amount of writing he knew would be required in radio or television.
He began at CBC Radio as a news reporter and anchor and then moved to TSN anchoring 'TSN Sportsdesk', a nightly program where he remained for seven years. He would later move to CBC Television in Toronto anchoring newscasts and hosting interview programs on their news channels.
With a strong interest in world news and international travel, Brendan took advantage of an opportunity in late 2006 going overseas to work for a new global satellite channel, "Al Jazeera English". He also fulfilled a promise to do some freelance work for CBC at the Turin Winter Olympics. Connor has covered major sports events including: The 2010 Winter Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and the 2008 Beijing Olympic Summer Games (for the IOC's Olympic News Channel), the 2004 Olympics in Athens (CBC Newsworld), the 2000 Sydney Olympics (CBC.ca), 1988 Olympics in Seoul (CBC Radio), the 1990 New Zealand Commonwealth Games, the Stanley Cup Finals, the World Series, the Super Bowl and the NBA Finals.
Currently, Brendan is now back home in Sudbury anchoring CTV News for the North.
Brendan finally did find himself teaching at Sheridan College in the Toronto area. Between 2002 and 2005 he ttaugh a graduate course in broadcasting. He is also a published author with the release of two books, "Slamdunk: The NBA in Canada" and "The Broadview Book of Sports Anecdotes".