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Cathy Hughston

Hostage Hero

Episode 102: Hostage Hero! The Story I never got to tell as a journalist, 9 years Later


The incredible story of Cathy Hughston and how she handled being in the hostage situation at the Workers Compensation board on October 21, 2009 in Edmonton. Carrie had just completed an exclusive interview with Cathy which she did not go to air with.(She will explain why)


Time heals and shapes, and in the decade that has past, Cathy revisits that harrowing day and what transpired inside the Workers Compensation Board as a then 40 year old Patrick Clayton took hostages.


This is an incredible story of one person's ability to de-escalate and problem solve through the situation in a way that many of us would never entertain. This includes Cathy's announcement that she would go to the bathroom "but would be back", and her inevitable insistence that she was leaving because she couldn't help him anymore.


Carrie also asks why Cathy and her husband asked to pull the interview with three minutes before it was set to air on CFRN-TV.


Carrie and everyone at CTV won an Edward R. Murrow award live coverage that day. You can see some of it here.


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