Post­media crime re­porter Bolan hon­oured by peers for life­time achieve­ment

Vancouver Sun - - CITY - TIFFANY CRAW­FORD

Kim Bolan, an in­ves­tiga­tive re­porter who cov­ers gangs and or­ga­nized crime for Post­media, has been hon­oured with the pres­ti­gious Cana­dian Jour­nal­ism Foun­da­tion’s Life­time Achieve­ment Award.

CJF made the an­nounce­ment Thurs­day, say­ing that the award was in recog­ni­tion of Bolan’s fear­less com­mit­ment to truth in the face of threats and in­tim­i­da­tion.

“Her ca­reer reads like a fast­paced crime novel, filled with mur­ders, mas­sive drug busts, in­ter­na­tional ter­ror­ists, and death threats to a dogged, un­stop­pable hero­ine,” said Lou Clancy, vis­it­ing scholar of jour­nal­ism out­reach at Univer­sity of Toronto’s Massey Col­lege and a mem­ber of the jury that se­lected Bolan.

Ed­i­tor-in-chief of The Van­cou­ver Sun and Van­cou­ver Prov­ince Harold Munro said Bolan’s fear­less pur­suit of the truth has given read­ers in­cred­i­ble in­sights as she con­tin­ues to ex­pose the tragic reach of or­ga­nized crime.

“At the same time she shows tremen­dous com­pas­sion to­wards the vic­tims of crime, en­sur­ing through her sto­ries that they are not for­got­ten,” said Munro.

“This award is a trib­ute to Kim’s re­lent­less­ness and jour­nal­is­tic ex­cel­lence.”

Bolan has worked at The Van­cou­ver Sun for 36 years, and dur­ing that time she has cov­ered some of the big­gest crim­i­nal cases in Cana­dian his­tory, in­clud­ing the 1985 Air In­dia bomb­ing.

The CJF notes how Bolan was placed un­der po­lice pro­tec­tion while in­ves­ti­gat­ing the bomb­ing and an­other time for threats re­ceived from crim­i­nal biker gangs. In ad­di­tion to re­port­ing, she blogs about her life cov­er­ing crime on The Real Scoop.

Her work has taken her to wars in Afghanista­n, Pak­istan and Cen­tral Amer­ica and to north­ern In­dia to ex­pose the roots of the ex­trem­ism that led to the Air In­dia bomb­ing. She is the au­thor of the award-win­ning book Loss of Faith: How the Air In­dia Bombers Got Away with Mur­der. She is also a jour­nal­ism in­struc­tor at Van­cou­ver’s Lan­gara Col­lege, where she teaches me­dia and the law, and in­ves­tiga­tive re­port­ing.

Bolan has won or been short­listed for more than 35 pro­vin­cial, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional jour­nal­ism hon­ours, ac­cord­ing to the CJF.

For­mer gov­er­nor gen­eral Adri­enne Clark­son, also a jury mem­ber, said with her in­tegrity and in­ves­tiga­tive skills, Bolan al­ways en­light­ened and in­formed.

“Kim Bolan has lit­er­ally risked her life in the crime and in­ves­tiga­tive sto­ries she has spe­cial­ized in through­out her ca­reer. Surviving threats and men­aces of phys­i­cal harm, she boldly tack­led the Air In­dia crash story, per­se­ver­ing to help re­port over a long pe­riod un­til some truth emerged,” Clark­son said in a state­ment Thurs­day.

Bolan joins a distin­guished group of CJF Life­time Achieve­ment Award win­ners in­clud­ing John Hon­derich, Peter Mans­bridge, Jean Pel­letier, Lloyd Robert­son, Michel Auger, Peter Bregg, Jack Sig­val­da­son, Lise Bis­son­nette, Joe Sch­lesinger, Sally Arm­strong, Knowl­ton Nash, June Call­wood and Trina Mc­queen, among oth­ers.

Bolan will be hon­oured at the an­nual CJF Awards on Oct. 30 in Toronto at the Ritz-carl­ton.

Kim Bolan

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