When veteran Toronto Sun columnist Mark Bonokoski spread his wings last spring with an article in Maclean's magazine, the topic was justice denied in a child sexual abuse case.
That 3,000-word article about convicted pedophile John Inglis has earned Mark a prestigious national Beyond Borders Media Award, to be presented Nov. 20 in Winnipeg.
Inglis, 61, escaped media attention when he pleaded guilty at a preliminary hearing to 15 charges involving nine victims molested in a cabin on Baptiste Lake, near Bancroft, near Mark's home.
When Mark learned there were no reporters there for the 2006 plea bargain guilty pleas, he began researching the case, which involved boys aged 12 to 14. He wrote about Inglis for Maclean's and the Sun.
Deborah Zanke, Beyond Borders awards chair, said judges believe Mark's Maclean's article "provides further illumination of the issues and dynamics surrounding child sexual abuse."
Kim Bradley won the same award in 2003 and 2005 for Toronto Sun features on Internet luring and child pornography.