Nearly four decades after anchoring the first newscast at a scrappy local upstart TV station, award-winning anchor Gord Martineau was honoured Monday for his 35 years with Citytv.

Martineau has brought viewers some of the most important local, national and international stories from the Toronto blackout in 2003 to the Jays’ World Series wins, as well as on-the-ground reporting in Haiti soon after the 2010 earthquake and covering Canadian troops on the front lines in Afghanistan.

“I am honoured to be recognized by my extended Citytv family for my 35 years of service,” Martineau said. “Citytv has always given its reporters latitude, thereby providing the opportunity to report events from different perspectives which produces great journalism.”

Martineau also devotes much of his time to a number of local charities, most notably the Herbie Fund, a foundation in support of Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children. Over the past decade he has travelled around the world to tell the stories of patients who received life-saving surgeries at SickKids made possible by this fund. He currently serves as the foundation’s Goodwill Ambassador.

Since joining Citytv in September 1977, the Montreal-native has won prestigious awards honouring his work, including a Gemini Award for Canada’s Best News Anchor and RTNDA Canada Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. He was also recognized in June with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal.

“Gord is a true leader in this community and we couldn’t be more proud to have him as part of our leading news team,” said John Hinnen, vice-president of news at Rogers Media, the parent of Citytv and CityNews.

Catch some of Martineau’s early years at Citytv during a five-part series celebrating the station’s 40th anniversary on Sept. 28.

The special will begin airing Sept. 24 during the newscasts on CityNews at Five, CityNews at Six and CityNews Tonight on Citytv and CityNews Channel.

Congrats, Gord!  Here’s to 35 more, buddy!