The Telegraph-Journal won the 2018 Michener Award for Sounding the Alarm, an 18-month series led by investigative journalist Michael Robinson, which exposed critical understaffing of New Brunswick ambulances.
“There were many stellar entries to the Micheners this year — powerful work which uncovered political corruption, gave voice to the voiceless, changed laws — but none more transformative than this series,” said Michener Awards Foundation president Alan Allnutt in a press release. “It was a major issue in the 2018 provincial elections and gave rise to a new government championing a wide-ranging overhaul of the ambulance system.”
Honours were presented by Gov. Gen. Julie Payette at a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Friday.
The Michener Awards celebrate excellence in public service journalism. This year, the Telegraph-Journal, of Saint John, New Brunswick was awarded the Michener award for their coverage of problems with New Brunswick’s ambulance service. pic.twitter.com/1jmV1PJxB5
— Governor General of Canada (@GGCanada) June 15, 2019
Citations of Merit were presented to Michener finalists the Waterloo Region Record, the Fifth Estate, St. Catharine’s Standard, APTN and CBC North; and CBC, Radio-Canada and the Toronto Star.
The 2017 Michener Award went to the Globe and Mail for Robyn Doolittle’s investigation Unfounded, which chronicled the rate at which sexual assault cases are dismissed by Canadian law enforcement.
Greg Mercer, Jim Poling and Corbette Hancey were named 2019 Michener-Deacon Fellows in April.
For more about this year’s Michener Awards, visit the foundation’s website.