General + Regulatory + Telecom + Media NewsJohn Daly, Candis Callison to receive Jack Webster Foundation Awards

John Daly, Candis Callison to receive Jack Webster Foundation Awards

Veteran investigative reporter John Daly and Indigenous author, journalist and professor Candis Callison are set to be recognized by the Jack Webster Foundation, which annually honours the best in B.C. journalism.

This year’s Webster Awards will take place online Thursday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. PT.

Daly, who spent nearly four decades as a reporter with BCTV and Global, will receive the 2020 Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award.

Daly, notably, won the very first Webster award in 1987 for Best Reporting of the Year. Now semi-retired, he’s been hosting Saturday morning talk show, Back on the Beat, on CKNW Vancouver for the last three years.

He was previously awarded the RTNDA Canada Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.

Candis Callison

Candis Callison is the 2020 recipient of the Bill Good Award, which honours a B.C. individual or organization that makes significant contributions to the province’s journalism community or to a community’s enrichment via journalism.

Callison began her career as an associate producer with CBC in the mid-1990s, going on to work as a reporter with CTV Vancouver. She later pursued a Ph.D. in History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology and Society and a Master of Science in Comparative Media Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Hailing from the Tahltan territory in northwestern B.C., Callison has been an Associate Professor in the School of Journalism, Writing, and Media, and in the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, at the University of British Columbia (UBC) since 2009.

Her first book, How Climate Change Comes to Matter: The Communal Life of Facts, was published in 2014. Her latest book, Reckoning: Journalism’s Limits and Possibilities, was co-authored with Mary Lynn Young and published last December.

“Candis is unique as a scholar and as a journalist, at the intersection of digital journalism, Indigenous rights, and climate change,” said Alfred Hermida, Director and Professor at the UBC School of Journalism, Writing, and Media, who added that Callison plays an important role in helping students learn to better serve communities that are “either ignored, marginalized or misrepresented.”

“Candis brings a unique lens, she brings a scholarly perspective rooted in journalistic experience, and as an Indigenous person brings a perspective white Canadians simply would not see,” said Hermida.

Submissions for this year’s Jack Webster Award are now being accepted online until Oct. 18. Find category and eligibility information, here.


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Connie Thiessen
Connie Thiessen
Connie has worked coast-to-coast as a reporter, editor, anchor and host at CKNW and News 1130 in Vancouver, News 95.7 and CBC in Halifax, and CFCW Edmonton, among other stations. With a passion for music, film and community service, she led News 95.7 to a 2013 Atlantic Journalism Award and regional RTDNA award for Best Radio Newscast. More recently, she was nominated for Music Journalist of the Year at Canadian Music Week 2019. To report a typo or error please email -

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