CBC's B.C. team nominated for 12 journalism awards

CBC reporters and producers in B.C. have picked up 12 nominations for the 2012 Jack Webster Awards for excellence in journalism — the most nominations of any news organization in the province.

Prince George radio reporter Wil Fundal picked up a nomination for best radio news reporting for his work on the Burns Lake mill explosion, while Nelson reporter Bob Keating was also nominated for his coverage of the kidnapping of Sparwood's Kienan Hebert.

On television, reporter Natalie Clancy and producer Manjula Dufresne were nominated for best television reporting for their coverage of sexual harassment inside the RCMP, while reporter Eric Rankin and producer Paisley Woodward were nominated for their coverage of new video footage of the Paul Boyd shooting.

Back on the radio side, long-time CBC freelancer Pamela Post was nominated for best radio feature for her work with The Sunday Edition on the unmarked graves of babies at the Mountain View Cemetery, while The Early Edition team of host Rick Cluff, producer Shiral Tobin and technician Lee Rosevere were also nominated for their series on post-9/11 security.

Also in the best radio feature category CBC Victoria producers Sara Darling, Sterling Eyford and Peter Hutchinson were nominated for their coverage of the replacement of the Johnson Street Bridge.

Back on TV, reporter Ian Hanomansing and producers James Roberts, Michelle Billman, Brett Hyde were nominated in the best television feature category for their coverage of participants in the Stanley Cup riots now seeking redemption.

Online, CBC's coverage of the growing seniors' care industry earned a nomination in the excellence in multimedia journalism category for reporters Devon Goodsell and Renee Filippone, and producers Tracey Robertson and Geoffrey Turner.

In the business, industry and economics category, CBC Radio producer Jeremy Allingham was nominated for his coverage of the Northern Gateway Pipeline controversy.

For the excellence in legal journalism award, Natalie Clancy and Paisley Woodward were again nominated for their coverage of Nazi hate crimes in Vancouver, while reporter Duncan McCue and producer Jodie Martinson and the Spark show were nominated for their coverage of Aboriginal people embracing a digital future.

The winners will be announced at the 26th annual Jack Webster Awards dinner on November 1st at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver. CBC At Issue panellist Chantal Hébert will be the keynote speaker at the event host by Global TV host Chris Gailus.

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