April 7, 2019 9:24 pm
Updated: April 7, 2019 9:26 pm

Global BC, CKNW take home 10 RTDNA journalism awards

The Global BC and CKNW news teams were honoured at the RTDNA Awards in Vancouver on Saturday, April 6.

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It was a big night for the Global BC and CKNW news teams Saturday after taking home a combined 10 awards from the B.C. regional Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Awards.

The Global News Hour at 6 team won Best Newscast for its Dec. 20, 2018 coverage of the devastating windstorm that rocked the South Coast, while CKNW’s coverage of the same event won the Best Breaking News in radio award.

CKNW won its own Best Newscast award for coverage of the municipal elections on Oct. 20, 2018. Global’s election coverage also won an award for multiplatform innovation, thanks in part to Richard Zussman’s work in the Global BC television studio and on Facebook Live.

The Global BC online team — including Amy Judd, Simon Little, Jesse Ferreras, Zussman and Jon Azpiri — won Best Continuing Coverage Digital for the so-called “wine wars” that broke out between B.C. and Alberta in the aftermath of the B.C. government’s Trans Mountain pipeline court challenge.

Azpiri and Squire Barnes also shared the award for Sports Feature Reporting for covering the Vancouver Canucks’ farewell to the Sedin brothers.

For travelling to Peru to cover a B.C. couple’s search for justice in the death of their daughter in that country, Rumina Daya and Darren Twiss took home the award for Original Enterprise Reporting.

Sam Cooper and Jon Hua shared the award for Investigative Reporting for their work on exposing money laundering in B.C. casinos and real estate.

CKNW’s Niki Reitmayer and John O’Dowd won the award for Best Podcast for This is Why, while Janet Brown won the Continuing Coverage award for radio for her series of reports on the Whalley Strip tent city in Surrey.

In addition to those 10 awards, CKNW radio host Lynda Steele was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her decades of work in both radio and television.

“I am so proud of our passionate, diverse team of journalists,” Global BC and CKNW news director Jill Krop said.

“Everyone, whether on air or online and all of the people ‘behind the scenes,’ works incredibly hard every day to deliver the news and information the people of B.C. want, need and deserve.”

Members of the CKNW news team with their RTDNA awards.


Full list of winners:


Ron Laidlaw Award – Continuing Coverage

Global BC: Wine Wars

READ MORE: B.C. premier vows province will respond to ‘unfair’ wine boycott

READ MORE: B.C. once sent 1/4 of its wine and brandy exports to Alberta. Then came the ban

READ MORE: ‘A flaming clown car driving off a cliff’: how you saw the Western Canada wine war

Bottles of British Columbia wine on display at a liquor store in Cremona, Alta., Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018.


READ MORE: Full coverage of the B.C.-Alberta wine dispute

Sports Feature Reporting Award (Large Market)

Global BC: Sedins Farewell

READ MORE: Sedins have ‘perfect ending’ in emotional farewell victory at Rogers Arena

Best Podcast

CKNW: This is Why

LISTEN: The latest episode of ‘This is Why’

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Excellence in Innovation Award

Global BC: Decision BC 2018

WATCH: Richard Zussman covers the changes to B.C. city councils in the 3D chamber studio

Dan McArthur Award – Investigative 

Global BC: B.C. Money Laundering Investigation

READ MORE: Nearly $2 billion in dirty money may have flowed through B.C. casinos, far more than official estimates

READ MORE: As RCMP investigated casino money laundering, police distrust of B.C. government grew

WATCH: John Hua gives a timeline of Global News’ investigation into money laundering at B.C. casinos

Original/Enterprise Award

Global BC: Journey for Justice

READ MORE: Why a missing B.C. woman is now a face in the fight for Peruvian gender justice

WATCH: Rumina Daya’s three-part journey to Peru with the parents of a murdered woman


Byron MacGregor Award – Radio Newscast (Large Market)

CKNW: Civic Election Day

LISTEN: CKNW’s coverage of the civic election

Ron Laidlaw Award – Continuing Coverage

CKNW: Whalley Strip Transformation

LISTEN: Janet Brown’s coverage of the tent city on the Whalley Strip

A homeless camper gathers his belongings on Surrey’s so-called “Whalley Strip” as the street’s population is moved into new modular supportive housing.

Janet Brown / Global News

Charlie Edwards Award – Breaking News

CKNW: Lower Mainland Windstorm

LISTEN: CKNW’s news team covers the devastating December windstorm

Boats are battered by waves at the end of the White Rock Pier that was severely damaged during a windstorm, in White Rock, B.C., on Dec. 20, 2018. A single repair in the wake of a hurricane-force windstorm that tore across southern British Columbia last month is now estimated to cost as much as $16 million. The City of White Rock’s engineering department has sent a report to council estimating repairs to the White Rock pier south of Vancouver could cost between $14 and $16 million, while immediate fixes could tally nearly $5 million. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck



Bert Cannings Award – Television Newscast (Large Market)

Global BC: December 20, 2018

WATCH: Global’s winning newscast from Dec. 20, 2018

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