Spec­ta­tor wins top hon­ours at the On­tario News­pa­per Awards

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

The Hamil­ton Spec­ta­tor took home top hon­ours at the On­tario News­pa­per Awards Satur­day night, win­ning in both the Jour­nal­ist and Pho­to­jour­nal­ist of the Year cat­e­gories and tak­ing home the most awards of any news­room.

Spec­ta­tor health re­porter Joanna Fr­ketich was named Jour­nal­ist of the Year for her fivepart se­ries“Dan­ger Zone” on vac­ci­na­tion rates at Hamil­ton schools.

Judges com­mended The Spec­ta­tor and Fr­ketich for an 18-month fight to ac­cess the data, which showed a “lurk­ing threat in com­mu­ni­ties from de­clin­ing vac­ci­na­tion rates in area schools.” She also won in the ed­u­ca­tion re­port­ing cat­e­gory for the se­ries.

Spec­ta­tor pho­tog­ra­pher Barry Gray was named Pho­to­jour­nal­ist of the Year for his port­fo­lio of work. Judges noted: “His abil­ity to cap­ture a sym­pa­thetic side to life’s daily events was aided by his keen com­po­si­tional eye to cre­ate a se­ries of photos that cap­tures the top spot.”

“It was a big night for The Spec, and we’re very proud of all the win­ners and nom­i­nees,” said edi­tor-in-chief Paul Ber­ton. “It’s a tes­ta­ment to the en­tire news­room team, and the ex­cel­lent work they pro­duce every day.”

The Spec­ta­tor won 12 awards, which hon­our ex­cel­lence at daily news­pa­pers in On­tario, out­side Toronto.

The Lon­don Free Press and Wind­sor Star each took home five awards. The Sud­bury Star, Wood­stock Sen­tinel-Re­view and Ni­a­gara Falls Re­view each took home two awards.

The Sun Times (Owen Sound), Bel­lville In­tel­li­gencer, St. Catharines Stan­dard, Bar­rie Ex­am­iner, Brant­ford Ex­pos­i­tor and for­mer Guelph Mer­cury each took home one award.

Spec­ta­tor colum­nist Su­san Clair­mont won in the in­ves­tiga­tive/en­ter­prise re­port­ing cat­e­gory for “In­ter­sect,” about a hunt­ing ac­ci­dent in which for­mer NHL player Stan Jonathan killed a young fa­ther on Six Na­tions.

Natalie Pad­don and Steve Buist won for busi­ness writ­ing for their cov­er­age of the collapse of CHCH-TV.

Buist also won in the health and life­style cat­e­gory for his se­ries look­ing at the new can­cer treat­ment.

Jon Wells won in mu­nic­i­pal af­fairs for sto­ries on a neigh­bour­hood fol­low­ing a fa­tal fire, a pro­file on Burling­ton’s mayor and the life of Geral­dine Copps.

Mark McNeil won mul­ti­me­dia jour­nal­ism for his work on the 70th an­niver­sary of the in­fa­mous Eve­lyn Dick mur­der.

Drew Ed­wards won for on­line mul­ti­me­dia spe­cial project for his 3down­na­tion.com project.

Molly Hayes won in the gen­eral news fea­ture cat­e­gory for her story on the mur­der of Tim Bosma.

Teri Pe­coskie won in the sports writ­ing cat­e­gory for her se­ries “Pay to Play.”

Paul Benedetti won for hu­mour writ­ing.

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