Sun writers win four Webster awards

Amy O'Brian
Vancouver Sun

Wednesday, October 30, 2002

Six journalists from The Vancouver Sun were honoured for their work Tuesday night at the 16th Annual Jack Webster Awards ceremony.

Lindsay Kines

Winning four of the six categories for which they were nominated, the newspaper's journalists won more awards than any other B.C. publication.

The three reporters who investigated the circumstances behind, and the search for the Downtown Eastside's missing women, won the category for best reporting of the year.

Kim Bolan, Lori Culbert and Lindsay Kines earned the award for an 11-part series that ran between September and November 2001, and examined investigators' lack of progress in solving the murders of dozens of women, mostly prostitutes.

Kim Bolan

At the time, police had only told the public about 27 missing women, but the reporters determined the number was 45.

The series also showed police had done far less on the case than they claimed.

Soon after the reports appeared in The Sun, Vancouver police and RCMP intensified their investigation and arrested Robert Pickton in February.

Business reporter Michael McCullough won the science and technology category for a story on the digital revolution of photography.

Lori Culbert

Outlining a brief history of photography and describing its evolution to digital images, McCullough questioned whether framed family photos on the mantelpiece are becoming a thing of the past.

Speaking to artists and technology researchers, McCullough determined that perhaps the revolution won't kill family photos after all.

"[It] doesn't mean that we'll throw out our old shoeboxes full of prints," he wrote. "We'll create new shoeboxes in the form of computer files full of TIFFs and jpegs."

Michael McCullough

Sun columnist Pete McMartin took the best feature category for a series that has followed Helena Tang through her battle with cancer.

Tang is a former nurse who wants to demystify the terrors of cancer treatment and the prospect of death.

McMartin tells her story from childhood to diagnosis to her painful treatment.

Sun columnist Stephen Hume won the Jack Webster Award for best commentary.

Former Sun columnist and reporter Allan Fotheringham won the Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award.

Pete McMartin

The Websters, as they're known, are awarded in recognition of journalism excellence in British Columbia.

Other winners this year included the Province, which won the award for best business, industry and economics reporting for its Great Cities Project.

Susan Lundy and Mitchell Sherrin of The Gulf Islands Driftwood won for best community reporting, and the Fairchild Television reporting team won for best Chinese language reporting.

Stephen Hume

BC CTV won best television reporting of the year for its coverage of the Pickton pig farm search.

BCTV News on Global won best television feature for India: Giant on the Move.

CBC Radio won best radio feature and best radio reporting of the year.

The legal journalism category was won by CBC television and radio for its referendum series.

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