Congratulations to our members nominated for 2019 National Newspaper Awards

The Toronto Star's Carlos Osorio was chosen as a NNA finalist for these photos of Edna Rose, a senior being forced out of her home after the building was deemed unsafe.  Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star/Screenshot


Congratulations to all of our talented, dedicated members who have been nominated for 2019 National Newspaper Awards.

Overall, members at the Globe and Mail led the pack, pulling in 20 nominations.

These include two nominations in Arts and Entertainment — Jonathan Dekel, for a story on Radiohead and how they keep the memory alive of their drum technician who was killed seven years ago after a stage collapse in Toronto and Chris Hannay and Daniel Leblanc, for an investigative piece into National Gallery of Canada’s bungled attempt at selling a piece of art.

The Globe swept swept the Business category. Jeff Lewis, Jeffrey Jones, Renata D’Aliesio and Chen Wan for their investigation into the sales of aging wells and questions around who pays for the inevitable environmental cleanup costs, Paul Waldie, for his look into how Canadian corporate money allegedly financed ISIS and Geoffrey York, for his reporting on corruption in South Africa around a Bombardier deal each picked up a nomination.

Other nominations for the Globe include Carolyn Abraham in the Explanatory Work category for coverage showing that scientific understanding of what DNA results mean is more limited than previously thought, Zosia Bielski, for Beat Reporting coverage of contemporary gender and sexuality issues and Chris Donovan in the Feature Photo category for a poignant image of final goodbye at a medically assisted death.

The Toronto Star picked up six nominations. In the Breaking News category, a team was nominated for their coverage of the van attack that killed 10 pedestrians on Yonge Street in 2018. Washington Bureau Chief Daniel Dale was selected in the International category for tirelessly chronicling the lies of U.S. President Donald Trump. Carlos Osorio was chosen as a finalist for photos accompanying a feature story about a senior forced out of a public housing building that was deemed unsafe. Medical Disorder, an 18 month-long team effort looking into U.S. discipline records for doctors practicing in Canada, was nominated for Project of the Year. Also nominated were political cartoonist Michael de Adder, a group in the Presentation category for a story on fact-checking politicians’ statements, and Mary Ormsby for her Sports coverage on sprinter Ben Johnson and boxer George Chuvalo.

The Waterloo-Region Record got three nominations. Greg Mercer picked up noms in the Local Reporting category for an investigation into WSIB denying the vast majority of compensation claims by former rubber workers afflicted with health problems, and Politics for an exposé on how the Ontario Conservative Party ousted an MPP to make way for a rival. The third nom for the Record was picked up by John Roe in the Editorials category.

St. Catharines Standard’s Grant LaFleche also picked up nominations in two different categories for a year-long investigation into political conspiracy involving a secret contract worth more than a million dollars.

The Hamilton Spectator got one nomination in the Short Feature category for Jon Wells’ story on a local couple fighting to free a falsely convicted man from death row in Philadelphia.

Randy Richmond of the London Free Press also picked up a nomination for his coverage of serious issues plaguing Ontario’s correctional system.

Awards will be given out to winners at a gala event in Toronto on May 3, where the Journalist of the Year will also be revealed.

The NNAs, now in their 70th year, were established to reward achievement in daily newspapers in Canada.