The 2022 Webster Awards, recognizing excellence in journalism in British Columbia, were announced Thursday evening during an online event hosted by CTV Vancouver anchor Mi-Jung Lee and Tina House, a Vancouver-based video journalist with APTN.
Journalists were recognized across 14 categories including print, radio/podcasts, television and online media. The Tyee led winners by outlet with four of its journalists picking up prizes, including Steve Burgess who captured the Commentator of the Year honour or “City Mike Award.”
Winner – Best Feature/Enterprise Reporting – TV/Video
RCH’s Covid ICU, Belle Puri, Christian Amundson, Ethan Sawyer, Liam Britten, Fiona Hopewell-Jensen, CBC Vancouver
Winner – Excellence in Technology Reporting
FOI Reveals a Problem – Plagued BC $8.9-Million Tech Project, Andrew MacLeod, The Tyee
Winner – Excellence in Multimedia Journalism
The frontline of conservation: how Indigenous guardians are reinforcing sovereignty and science on their lands, Jimmy Thomson, The Narwhal
Winner – Excellence in Legal Journalism, presented by the Law Society of B.C.
The Hidden, Deadly Epidemic in Partner Violence, Mary Fowles, The Tyee
Winner – Excellence in Feature/Enterprise Reporting – Radio/Podcast
Floods, Fires and Future: A look at three communities after climate disasters, Sarah Penton, Christine Coulter, Courtney Dickson, Catherine Hansen, CBC Kelowna
Winner – Excellence in Business, Industry, Labour and Economics Reporting, endowed by Jean Cormier
The Coming Indigenous Power Play, Zoë Yunker, The Tyee
Winner – Commentator of the Year – City Mike Award, presented in memory of Linda Webster
Steve Burgess, The Tyee
Winner – Best Breaking News Reporting, in memory of Keith Bradbury
B.C. Floods – Glenda Luymes, Tiffany Crawford, Sarah Grochowski, David Carrigg, Cheryl Chan, Gordon Hoekstra, Joanne Lee-Young, Susan Lazaruk, Richard Lam, Francis Georgian, Jason Payne, Mike Bell, Vancouver Sun and The Province
Winner – Best Reporting in a Language other than English
Recall – The first documentary about Chinese revolutionary Sun Yat-Sen in Canada, Andy Lin, Danny Wang, LSTimes TV
Winner – Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Reporting
Chinatown Unmasked, Kristen Robinson, Global BC
Winner – Best Community Reporting
Investigation: Is Vancouver’s Chinatown Dying? – Mike Howell, Vancouver is Awesome/Glacier Media
Winner – Excellence in Health Reporting
A Crisis in Care: The Family Doctor Shortage in Greater Victoria, Jean Paetkau, Deborah Wilson, Kathryn Marlow, Madeline Green, Megan Thomas, Robyn Burns, Gregor Craigie, Bridgette Watson, Andrew Kurjata, Sterling Eyford, Rohit Joseph, CBC Victoria
Winner – Excellence in Feature/Enterprise Reporting – Print/Online
The science, geography, and historical roots of a 21st Century disaster, Tyler Olsen, Grace Kennedy, Joti Grewal, Fraser Valley Current
Winner – Excellence in Environment Reporting
Electric Vehicles: Will they really drive us to a better planet? – Russ Francis, Focus Magazine
Previously-announced special award recipients were also recognized via video presentation including longtime Vancouver Sun columnist Stephen Hume, who was honoured with the 2022 Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award, and CHEK Media, recognized with the 2022 Bill Good Award. The inaugural Shelley Fralic Award recipient, Jennifer Thuncher of the Squamish Chief, was also honoured via video presentation.
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