Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
National Newspaper Award winner Lindor Reynolds began work at the Free Press as a 17-year-old proofreader. It was a rough introduction to the news business.
Many years later, armed with a university education and a portfolio of published work, she was hired as a Free Press columnist. During her 20-plus years on the job she wrote for every section in the paper, with the exception of Business.
Lindor received considerable recognition for her writing. Her awards include the Will Rogers Humanitarian Award, the National Society of Newspaper Columnists’ general interest award and the North American Travel Journalists Association top prize.
Her work on Internet luring led to an amendment to the Criminal Code of Canada and her coverage of the child welfare system prompted a change to Manitoba Child and Family Services Act to make the safety of children paramount.
She earned three citations of merit for the Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service in Journalism and was awarded a Distinguished Alumni commendation from the University of Winnipeg. Lindor was also named a YMCA/YWCA Woman of Distinction.
Reynolds died in October 2014 after a 15-month battle with brain cancer, much of which she chronicled in her blog and in stories that she bookended, first with the devastating diagnosis and then her final thanks to readers after two decades of columns.
Reynolds was 56. She is survived by a husband, mother, a daughter and son-in-law and three stepdaughters. Her remains were interred at St. John's Cemetery.