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Journalist and Diver
Robert Osborne is first a foremost a passionate storyteller. For past 29 years he’s worked as a journalist for every major network in Canada as both a producer and reporter. For 17 years he was the Senior Field Producer for the CTV documentary program W5. As part of that job he’s travelled around the world filming stories that took him from the depths of Conception Bay to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, from Haiti’s slums to Rodeo Drive. He’s met mob bosses and movie stars, rubbed elbows with the famous and infamous.
Along the way he’s indulged in his second passion—scuba diving. That began in 1971 when he was 16 years old when he checked a book out of the local library called The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau. Within months of reading that book he’d certified as a NAUI open water diver with the Lahr Sub Aqua Club in West Germany. Since then he’s gone on to explore extreme diving: pushing the boundaries of diving to the depths of Florida’s underwater caves and the wrecks of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.
Nine years ago, Robert decided to start to combine his two passions So he began to write articles for diving magazines. Since then he’s been a regular contributor to Diver Magazine, Scuba Diving Magazine, Diver UK, AOL Travel, Xray-Magazine, as well as newspapers like The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star and National Post. Robert has also managed to direct, write, and host several underwater documentaries.
For the past few years Robert has entered into the digital domain, travelling and writing about his underwater explorations. What attracts him to this medium is the immediacy with which his experience can be shared. Ultimately that’s what led him to the Huffington Post—a desire to be able to communicate his observations and epiphanies with the stoke of a key.
Robert is currently working as a Senior Producer for Dam Builder Productions managing a web site for the CBC and working on a documentary for The Nature of Things. He is an Associate Editor for Xray Magazine and still writes articles for Diver Magazine.