Vancouver Postmedia reporters take home Webster awards


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

Long-time 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 31th annual Jack Webster Awards in Downtown Vancouver.

The awards are presented by the Jack Webster Foundation which was established in 1986 to recognize excellence …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun

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