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Finalists named for BC's Annual Journalism Awards

Western Canada's preeminent journalism awards today announced the finalists in the 13 different categories for the 2019 Jack Webster Awards. The awards recognize excellence in journalism in B.C. and all finalists will be celebrated, and the one winner in each category will be announced at the November 7th awards dinner to be held at the Hyatt Regency, Vancouver.

Also at the awards dinner the 2019 Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2019 Bill Good Award recipients will be presented. Nahlah Ayed, host/producer of CBC - Ideas and a veteran foreign reporter will be featured in an armchair chat.

The 2019 Jack Webster Awards Finalists are:

Best Breaking News Reporting - Print/Text-Based Online
  • Frances Bula
    The Globe and Mail
    Campaign Finance: The Civic Edition
  • Justine Hunter, Gary Mason, Ian Bailey
    The Globe and Mail
    Legislature Scandal
  • Jesse Winter, Perrin Grauer, Ainslie Cruickshank, David Ball, Alex McKeen, Cherise Seucharan
    Star Vancouver
    Wet'suwet'en on the Edge

Best Breaking News Reporting - Radio
  • Andrew Kurjata
    CBC Prince George
    Enbridge pipeline explodes in Prince George
  • Sonia Aslam, Alison Bailey, Jim Bennie, Matt Coppin, Estefania Duran, Monika Gul, Tim James, Toby Kerr, Ria Renouf, Denise Wong
    NEWS 1130
    Peace Arch Crash
  • Gord Macdonald, Terry Schintz, Janet Brown, Mark Madryga, Jordan Armstrong, Kristi Gordon, Erin Ubels
    980 CKNW
    December Windstorm

Best Breaking News Reporting - Television
Presented in memory of Keith Bradbury
  • Maria Weisgarber, David Molko, Allison Hurst, Michele Brunoro
    CTV Vancouver
    Wicked Windstorm
  • Global BC News Team
    Global BC News
    Winter Windstorm
  • Richard Zussman, Al Coen, Keith Baldrey, Kristi Gordon
    Global BC News
    Wildfire: State of Emergency 2018

Excellence in Feature/Enterprise Reporting - PrintText-Based Online
  • Laura Kane and Aleksandra Sagan
    The Canadian Press
    Contagion: Edging closer to a world without antibiotics
  • Kathy Tomlinson
    The Globe and Mail
    False Promises
  • Daphne Bramham
    The Vancouver Sun
    Lessons from Portugal: Addiction, winning the war

Excellence in Feature/Enterprise Reporting - Radio
  • Bob Keating
    The Doc Project - CBC Radio
    Winning the Punk Rock Lottery
  • Anne Penman, Joan Webber
    CBC Vancouver
    On Gladys Avenue
  • Jean Paetkau, Andrew Kurjata, Mike Clarke, Clare Hennig
    CBC Victoria
    Beyond Beads and Bannock

Excellence in Feature/Enterprise Reporting - Television
  • Scott Roberts, Mi-Jung Lee, Jon Woodward, Bhinder Sajan, Penny Daflos, St. John Alexander, David Molko
    CTV Vancouver
    Legislature Spending Scandal
  • Laura Lynch, Chris Corday
    CBC British Columbia
    Over the Volcano
  • John Hua, Sam Cooper, Ted Anhorn, Sergio Magro, Tavis Dunn
    Global BC News
    Casino Diaries

Jack Webster Award for Excellence in Digital Journalism
  • Tamara Baluja, Dillon Hodgin, Peter Scobie
    CBC Vancouver
    Walking a mile in their combat shoes
  • Jon Azpiri, Amy Judd, Simon Little, Jen Okrusko, Richard Zussman
    2019 Wildfires
  • Gordon Hoekstra and Nathan Griffiths
    The Vancouver Sun
    Online database: More than 120 recommendations delivered to tackle money laundering in BC, Canada

Jack Webster Business, Industry & Economics Award
Endowed by Jean Cormier
  • Brent Jang
    The Globe and Mail
    Coastal GasLink Blockade
  • Chris Walker, Christine Coulter, Marion Barschel
    CBC Kelowna
    Sticky Fingers: Fraud in the Okanagan
  • Lori Culbert and Dan Fumano
    The Vancouver Sun
    Little Mountain: The money and sad history of a long-stalled project

Best Reporting - Chinese Language
  • Guo Ding, Richard Tang, Yuji Zhang
    Omni TV
    Discovering the Root of Chinese Ancestors: a Trip to the Gold Rush Town of Barkerville
  • Jocelyn Wang
    Fairchild TV
    Magazine 26: Shortage of Seniors Care Workers
  • Clement Tang
    Fairchild TV
    Magazine 26: Managed Alcohol Program

Jack Webster Award for Community Reporting
  • Dustin Godfrey
    Abbotsford News
    Finding a way home
  • Francesca Fionda, Robin Perelle, Wawmeesh Hamilton, Cloe Logan, Uytae Lee, Zachary Kershman
    The Discourse
    Fake Art
  • Tyler Harper
    Nelson Star
    Pineapple Man limbos into the sunset

Jack Webster Award for Excellence in Legal Journalism
Sponsored by the Law Society of British Columbia
  • Jason Proctor, Vivian Luk, Stephen Quinn, Geoff Walter, Theresa Duvall
    CBC Vancouver
  • Gordon Hoekstra and Kim Bolan
    The Vancouver Sun
    Money-laundering prosecutions rare, difficult in BC
  • Louise Dickson
    Times Colonist
    Canada's Impaired Driving Laws - Don't Breathe Easy if You're Sober

Jack Webster Award for Science, Technology & Environment
  • Bruce Grierson
    Hakai Magazine
    The Cavernous World under the Woods
  • Leslie Anthony
    Hakai Magazine
    Deer Wars: The Forest Awakens
  • Penny Sakamoto, Katherine Engqvist, Nicole Crescenzi, Nick Murray, Shalu Mehta, Nina Grossman, Ruby Della Siega, Michelle Gjerde, Vicki Clark, Lily Chan, Cara Robbins, Jennifer Blyth, Arnold Lim
    Victoria News - Black Press Media
    Special Report: Opioid Crisis

City Mike Award (Commentator of the Year)
The City Mike Award is named after the groundbreaking CJOR program that established Jack Webster as one of BC's pre-eminent commentators, and is presented in memory of Linda Webster
  • Sandy Garossino
    National Observer
  • Daphne Bramham
    The Vancouver Sun
  • Mel Rothenburger

Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Fabian Dawson

Bill Good Award
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