Times Colonist given ac­co­lades

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The TIMES COLONIST was hon­oured Thurs­day at the Jack Web­ster Awards, which rec­og­nize ex­cel­lence in B.C. jour­nal­ism.

Win­ners of the awards were an­nounced Thurs­day evening in Van­cou­ver.

Times Colonist re­porter Katie DeRosa was nom­i­nated in the Best Fea­ture/En­ter­prise Re­port­ing cat­e­gory for a story about a man liv­ing in a shed. The story high­lighted the re­volv­ing door of the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem.

The win­ner was the Ge­or­gia Straight news­pa­per for its cov­er­age of the over­dose epi­demic.

Louise Dick­son and Lind­say Kines were nom­i­nated for Ex­cel­lence in Le­gal Re­port­ing for a se­ries of sto­ries about a sher­iffs short­age that led judges to dis­miss charges against a pair of ac­cused drug deal­ers.

The award went to the Van­cou­ver Sun for a seven-part se­ries on the B.C. Court of Ap­peal case of Phillip Tal­lio, who spent 34 years in prison for a mur­der he says he didn’t com­mit.

Dave Obee, the Times Colonist edi­tor-in-chief, said he was proud to see the news­pa­per’s staff mem­bers get the recog­ni­tion they de­serve.

“We con­sis­tently punch above our weight class,” he said.

“Th­ese nom­i­na­tions place us among the best in the prov­ince.”

Obee was also hon­oured, re­ceiv­ing the 2017 Bill Good Award, which rec­og­nizes a B.C. jour­nal­ist, leader or ed­u­ca­tor who has made a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact in jour­nal­ism and in the com­mu­nity-at-large.

Van­cou­ver Sun re­porter Kim Bolan re­ceived the 2017 Bruce Hutchi­son Life­time Achieve­ment Award.

The list of Web­ster nom­i­nees fea­tured other jour­nal­ists from Van­cou­ver Is­land, in­clud­ing Skye Ryan of CHEK TV, who won in the Break­ing News Re­port­ing cat­e­gory for a story about a miss­ing boy who was found.

The Jack Web­ster Foun­da­tion was es­tab­lished in 1986 in hon­our of leg­endary B.C. re­porter Jack Web­ster.

Lind­say Kines, re­porter

Katie DeRosa, re­porter

Dave Obee, edi­tor in chief

Louise Dick­son, re­porter

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