Times Colonist given accolades
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