Globe and Mail series led to the reopening of more than 400 sexual assault cases.

The Globe and Mail has won the 2017 Michener Award for Unfounded, an investigation into the mishandling of sexual assault cases by Canadian police.

Gov. Gen. Julie Payette presented the Michener Award, which honours excellence in Canadian public service journalism, at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.

“The judges concurred that this rigorous, in-depth investigation exemplifies the best in public service journalism and the critical value of media in effecting change,” said Alan Allnutt, president of the Michener Awards Foundation, in a press release.

Payette also presented the 2018 Michener-Deacon Fellowship for Investigative Journalism to print journalist Annie Burns-Pieper, who will look into how Global Affairs Canada deals with Canadians abroad who run into trouble.

The 2018 Michener-Deacon Fellowship for Journalism Education was awarded to Tamara Baluja to develop a workshop to teach journalism students the fundamentals of social media platforms.

Michener Citations of Merit were also presented to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Edmonton, Cogeco Media, Global News, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star and Vancouver Sun.

For a complete list of honours, read the Michener Awards Foundation press release here.

Spencer Turcotte is J-Source's summer reporter/researcher. He can be reached at, and on Twitter @turcottespencer.