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Global National bureau chief dead at 53

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OTTAWA - Global Television's Parliamentary Bureau Chief, David Vienneau, has died after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. The 53-year-old Vienneau died last night in an Ottawa hospital.

The award-winning journalist had been bureau chief since 1998. Vienneau worked for The Toronto Star for almost 24 years before making the jump to broadcasting. His years with the paper included stints as Ottawa bureau chief and Ottawa editor. Vienneau also travelled the globe covering news events.

Of working in television, Vienneau said he loved "the adrenaline hit that comes from breaking a story and getting it to air under extreme deadline pressure." But he kept in touch with his print roots with frequent contributions to CanWest newspapers across the country.

The Hamilton-born Vienneau grew up in Dundas, Ontario, and graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an honours degree in journalism. He is survived by his wife Nicki and children Jordyn, Matthew and Nicole

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