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Working in Winnipeg
Thirty-five years ago, American writer Studs Terkel travelled across America talking to people about their jobs.
Some of their stories were uplifting. Others were sad, reflections of dreams unrealized.
Terkel presented them all honestly and compassionately.
Columnist Lindor Reynolds' occasional series, Working in Winnipeg, examines the jobs of ordinary people, be they cocktail waitresses or 7-Eleven clerks.
They tell the story of our city, where we've come from and how we see our work.
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About Lindor Reynolds
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 -- though she joked she'd get around to them some day.
Sadly, that day will never come. Lindor died in October 2014 after a 15-month battle with brain cancer.
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 was 56. She is survived by a husband, mother, a daughter and son-in-law and three stepdaughters.
The Free Press has published an ebook celebrating the best of Lindor's work. It's available in the Winnipeg Free Press Store; all proceeds will be donated through our Miracle on Mountain charity to the Christmas Cheer Board.
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