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Hamilton Spectator gets most wins at Ontario Newspaper Awards

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HAMILTON - Steve Buist of the Hamilton Spectator and Jason Kryk of the Windsor Star took home the top two prizes Saturday at the annual Ontario Newspaper Awards dinner.

Buist won the Martha Blackburn Award as journalist of the year and also received top honours in four individual categories: Investigative/Enterprise Reporting, Municipal Affairs (over 25,000 circulation), Business Writing, and Health News and Lifestyle.

The centerpiece of Buist's entry was Code Red, a series that showed that people living in poorer parts of Hamilton were dying of cancer at far higher rates than those in better-off parts of the city. Buist was also named journalist of the year in 2011.

Kryk won the Richard Sutton Award as photojournalist of the year. He was a finalist in three separate photo categories: online, spot news (over 25,000 circulation) and sports (over 25,000 circulation).

Judges said Kryk was cited for "an absolutely outstanding and concise portfolio that showed great expertise across all categories." Kryk was also named photojournalist of the year in 2012.

The Spectator had the most wins, eight, while the Star had seven. Including finalists as well as winners, the two papers were each nominated 20 times. The Waterloo Region Record placed third with six wins and nine finalists.

Among newspapers below 25,000 daily circulation, the Guelph Mercury had eight nominations (two wins and six finalists) and the Sudbury Star had four wins and two finalists.

This is the 60th year the awards have been presented.

Open to 32 daily newspapers across the province, the awards are supported by a number of sponsors including Tim Hortons, the Council of Ontario Universities, Colleges Ontario, the Toronto Star, the Ontario Tire Stewardship and Accenture.

The full list of winners and finalists:

Martha Blackburn Award, Journalist of Year

Winner: Steve Buist, Hamilton Spectator. Finalists: Jon Wells, Hamilton Spectator; Jane Sims, London Free Press

Richard Sutton Award, Photojournalist of Year

Winner: Jason Kryk, Windsor Star. Finalists: Mathew McCarthy, Waterloo Region Record; Dax Melmer, Windsor Star

James Bruce Award, Arts and Entertainment Writing

Joel Rubinoff, Waterloo Region Record. Finalists: Rob O'Flanagan, Guelph Mercury; John Law, Niagara Falls Review

Tony Fredo Memorial Award, Feature Writing (under 25,000 circulation)

Barbara Simpson, Sarnia Observer. Finalists: Tara Jeffrey, Sarnia Observer; Rob O'Flanagan, Guelph Mercury

Green Environment Writing

Winner: Heather Rivers, Woodstock Sentinel-Review. Finalists: Matthew Van Dongen, Hamilton Spectator; Rob O'Flanagan, Guelph Mercury

Investigative/Enterprise Reporting

Winner: Steve Buist, Hamilton Spectator. Finalists: Dan Battagello, Windsor Star; Jason Miller, Belleville Intelligencer

Municipal Affairs Writing (under 25,000 circulation)

Winner: Laura Stricker, Sudbury Star. Finalists: Sara Ross, Orillia Packet and Times; Elliot Ferguson, Kingston Whig-Standard

Larry N. Smith Award, Novice Reporting (under 25,000 circulation)

Winner: Mary Katherine Keown, Sudbury Star. Finalists: Matt Day, Niagara Falls Review; Victor Ferreira, Guelph Mercury

Municipal Affairs (over 25,000 circulation)

Winner: Steve Buist, Hamilton Spectator. Finalists: Jeff Outhit, Waterloo Region Record; Jon Wells, Hamilton Spectator

K.J. Strachan Award, Editorial, Opinion and Analysis (under 25,000 circulation)

Winner: Brian MacLeod, Sudbury Star. Finalists: Cathy Dobson, Sarnia Observer; Tara Klager, Guelph Mercury

Walter J. Blackburn Award, Sports Photography (under 25,000 circulation)

Winner: Bob Tymczyszyn , St. Catharines Standard; Finalists: Mark Wanzel, Barrie Examiner; Brian Thompson, Brantford Expositor

C.B. Schmidt Award, Novice Reporting (over 25,000 circulation)

Winner: Amy Kenny, Hamilton Spectator. Finalist: Paige Desmond, Waterloo Region Record

Multimedia Journalism

Winner: Mathew McCarthy, Waterloo Region Record. Finalists: Chris Seto, Guelph Mercury; Luke Hendry, Belleville Intelligencer

General News Feature

Winner: Jane Sims, London Free Press. Finalists: Dave Battagello, Windor Star; Susan Clairmont, Hamilton Spectator

Education Reporting

Winner: Brian Cross, Windsor Star. Finalists: Matthew Van Dongen, Hamilton Spectator; Patrick Maloney, London Free Press

Jack Bowman Memorial Award, Spot News Photography (under 25,000 circulation)

Winner: Ian McAlpine, Kingston Whig-Standard. Finalists: Mike DiBattista, Niagara Falls Review; Brian Thompson, Brantford Expositor

K.A. (Sandy) Baird Award, Humour Writing

Winner: Drew Edwards, Guelph Mercury. Finalists: Michelle Hauser, Kingston-Whig Standard; Paul Benedetti, Hamilton Spectator

Feature Photography (over 25,000 circulation)

Winner: Philip Walker, Waterloo Region Record. Finalists: Mathew McCarthy, Waterloo Region Record; Dax Melmer, Windsor Star

Del Bell Memorial Award, Feature Writing (over 25,000 circulation)

Winner: Jon Wells, Hamilton Spectator. Finalists: Joel Rubinoff, Waterloo Region Record; Molly Hayes, Hamilton Spectator

Online Photography

Winner: Dax Melmer, Windsor Star. Finalists: Tyler Brownbridge, Windsor Star; Jason Kryk, Windsor Star

Editorial, Opinion and Analysis (over 25,000 circulation)

Winner: Karen Hall, Windsor Star. Finalists: Chris Vander Doelen, Windsor Star; John Roe, Waterloo Regional Record

Design and Graphics (under 25,000 circulation)

Winner: Sherri Lavigne, Sudbury Star. Finalists: Brad Demers, St. Catharines Standard; Dan Dakin, Welland Tribune

Spot News Reporting (under 25,000 circulation)

Winner: Tara Jeffrey, Barbara Simpson, Tyler Kula, Jack Poirier, Sarnia Observer. Finalists: Susan Gamble, Brantford Expositor; Sarnia Observer

Business Writing

Winner: Steve Buist, Hamilton Spectator. Finalists: Claire Brownell, Windsor Star; Lisa Grace Marr, Hamilton Spectator

Gene Florcyk Memorial Award, Sports Writing (over 25,000 circulation)

Winner: Drew Edwards, Hamilton Spectator. Finalists: Dave Waddell, Windsor Star; Jeff Hicks, Waterloo Region Record

Joan May Memorial Award, Column Writing

Winner: Chris Vander Doelen, Windsor Star. Finalists: Lorraine Sommerfeld, Hamilton Spectator; Jim Moodie, Sudbury Star

Spot News Reporting (over 25,000 circulation)

Winner: Jennifer O'Brien, Randy Richmond, Patrick Maloney, London Free Press. Finalists: Doug Schmidt, Chris Thompson, Sharon Hill, Chris Vander Doelen, Trevor Wilhelm, Windsor Star; Danielle Bell, Doug Hempstead, Megan Gillis, Kelly Roche, Chris Hofley, Jon Willing, Susan Sherring, Mike Aubry, Ottawa Sun

Feature Photography (under 25,000 circulation)

Winner: Luke Hendry, Belleville Intelligencer. Finalists: Mike DiBattista, Niagara Falls Review; John Lappa, Sudbury Star

Spot News Photography (over 25,000 circulation)

Winner: Mathew McCarthy, Waterloo Region Record. Finalists: Jason Kryk, Windsor Star; Robert Wilson, Waterloo Region Record

Walter J. Blackburn Award, Sports Photography (over 25,000 circulation)

Winner: Craig Glover, London Free Press. Finalists: Derek Ruttan, London Free Press; Jason Kryk, Windsor Star

Online Video Production

Winner: Mathew McCarthy, Waterloo Region Record. Finalists: Bob Tymczyszyn and Cheryl Clock, St. Catharines Standard; Mark McNeil and Barry Gray, Hamilton Spectator

Social Media

Winner: Claire Brownell, Windsor Star. Finalists: Dan Dakin, St. Catharines Standard; Hugo Rodrigues, Brantford Expositor

Health News and Lifestyle

Winner: Steve Buist, Hamilton Spectator. Finalists: Claire Brownell, Windsor Star ; Teri Pecoskie, Hamilton Spectator

John E. Motz Memorial Award, Design and Graphics (over 25,000 circulation)

Winner: Tania Praeg, Waterloo Region Record. Finalists: John Bullock, Hamilton Spectator; Diane Shantz and Tania Praeg, Waterloo Region Record

Robert J. Hanley Award, Sports Writing (under 25,000 circulation)

Winner: Drew Edwards, Guelph Mercury. Finalists: Bernie Puchalski, St. Catharines Standard; Dave Dawson, Orillia Packet & Times

Online Multimedia Special Project

Winner: Craig Pearson, Trevor Wilhelm, Dan Janisse, Don McArthur, Dylan Kristy, Windsor Star. Finalists: Craig Glover and Patrick Maloney, London Free Press; Susan Gamble, Brian Thompson, Hugo Rodrigues, Vincent Ball, Jeff Dertinger, Brian Smiley, Heather Ibbotson, Brantford Expositor

Student Journalist of Year

Winner: Lauren LiBetti, Centennial College. Finalists: Ryan Bowman, Conestoga College; Brad MacDonald, Humber College

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