Winnipeg Free Press writer Lindor Reynolds has won a National Newspaper Award.
Reynolds took home the nation’s top newspaper honours in the Short Features category for her story on a Scanterbury resident who built a large red chair in honour of the community’s ditch-wavers.
"The National Newspaper Awards are a celebration of the best in Canadian journalism," said Free Press Editor Paul Samyn.
"I am honoured that the work of Lindor Reynolds has been chosen as the best in Canadian journalism. While Lindor was the NNA winner, I believe our readers are also winners because they are able to see her work in the their Free Press every day."
Another Free Press reporter, Mary Agnes Welch, and two Free Press photographers, Phil Hossack and Melissa Tait, also received citations of merit as finalists at the awards ceremony at Ottawa’s Canadian War Museum on Friday night.
Welch, who is currently on leave on a William Southam Journalism Fellowship, was nominated for the third time under the category of Beat Reporting for her public-policy coverage. Her stories looked at banks abandoning the inner city, pesticide use, bad roads, the Ebb and Flow First Nation and the tale of Manitoba’s sturgeon.
Hossack, a Free Press photographer, and Tait, a multimedia editor, were nominated under the Multimedia Feature category for their portrait of an international humanitarian mission. Hossack travelled to Nicaragua with a team of doctors, nurses and physiotherapists from Concordia Hospital to chronicle them in photographs performing 49 knee replacements, while Tait edited the video of the trip.
"To have had our journalists as finalists is not only a huge honour but also recognition of what we produce each and every day for our readers," said Samyn.
Reynolds, Welch, Hossack and Tait were among 72 finalists in 22 categories. There were 1,430 entries this year.
The NNAs were founded by the Toronto Press Club in 1949.