Saturday, 15 May 2010


London Free Press news team coverage of the Tori Stafford abduction and murder earned the newspaper a 2009 National Newspaper Award last night.

The Breaking News win was the only top award for Sun Media, but there were runners-up honours for five staffers at the Kingston Whig-Standard, Sault Ste. Marie Star and Woodstock Sentinel-Review.

The Globe and Mail took seven awards, the Toronto Star won six. The Sun tabloids in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg: 0 in all 22 categories.

Sun Media honours:

Sault Star photographer Rachele Labrecque was runner-up in Feature Photography for a June 25 photo of Kenadie Jourdin Bromley, 6, a tiny primordial dwarf snuggling with her mother. (No online photo that we could find)

Runners-up in Local Reporting were:

Rob Tripp and Paul Schliesmann of the Kingston Whig-Standard for stories of the mysterious death of four Montreal women in an alleged "honour" killing;

Elliot Ferguson and Bruce Urquhart of the Woodstock Sentinel-Review for coverage of the abduction and slaying of eight-year-old Tori Stafford.

Congrats to all.

And we urge Tripp and Schliesmann to follow the NNA honours with a book on the bizarre deaths of the four women in Kingston.

1 comment:

  1. I can't believe no one has commented on this post. We should all be ashamed. We're all here for the bad and ignore the good.

    Congrats to the team at LFP. Your newsroom has been hit with serious blows and the team still pulled one off. My hat is off to you all. I'm sure the pints went down well that night.

    The same to the others nominated and of course the Whig had the scoop of the summer.

    Long live the reporter.