Van­cou­ver Post­media re­porters’ work lauded

Vancouver Sun - - CITY - PA­TRICK JOHN­STON

A trio of re­porters for The Van­cou­ver Sun and The Prov­ince were hon­oured Thurs­day for their work as jour­nal­ists.

Long­time crime re­porter Kim Bolan was the re­cip­i­ent of the Brian Hutchinson life­time achieve­ment award, while re­porter Dan Fumano was twice hon­oured.

He shared an award with col­league Matt Robin­son as well as re­ceiv­ing recog­ni­tion for a project he worked on alone.

The Hutchinson award rec­og­nizes a jour­nal­ist’s body of work and their con­tri­bu­tion to B.C. news through­out their ca­reer.

“It is a huge hon­our to get this recog­ni­tion from the Web­ster Foun­da­tion in the name of such a renowned jour­nal­ist and fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of so many tal­ented peo­ple in the me­dia,” Bolan said in Au­gust, when it was an­nounced she was to be hon­oured.

Bolan has de­vel­oped a large fol­low­ing through her crime blog Real Scoop and her re­port­ing for The Van­cou­ver Sun. She has cov­ered the Air In­dia ter­ror­ist bomb­ing, or­ga­nized crime in B.C. and on­go­ing gang vi­o­lence.

“This is a tremen­dous hon­our that rec­og­nizes Kim Bolan’s brave and tire­less pur­suit of the truth,” Van­cou­ver Sun and Prov­ince edi­tor-in-chief Harold Munro added in Au­gust.

Fumano won his solo Web­ster in the sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, health and en­vi­ron­ment cat­e­gory for Trou­bled Wa­ters, a five-part se­ries on water is­sues in In­dia, which saw him travel to In­dia as part of a fel­low­ship he won in 2016 from the Asia Pa­cific Foun­da­tion of Canada.

Fumano and Robin­son shared a Web­ster for “ex­cel­lence in le­gal jour­nal­ism” for their se­ries on the case of Phillip Tal­lio, a Bella Coola man who is ap­peal­ing his 1983 con­vic­tion in the mur­der of a young girl.

In all, 15 Web­ster Awards were pre­sented Thurs­day evening at the 31st an­nual Jack Web­ster Awards in down­town Van­cou­ver.

The awards are pre­sented by the Jack Web­ster Foun­da­tion, which was es­tab­lished in 1986 to rec­og­nize ex­cel­lence in jour­nal­ism in Bri­tish Columbia.

Matt Robin­son

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