Debbie Cooper honoured with lifetime achievement award

Debbie Cooper honoured with lifetime achievement award

Here & Now host Debbie Cooper is being honoured for excellence in journalism in her more than 27-year career with CBC Newfoundland and Labrador.

RTDNA (Radio Television Digital News Association) Canada announced Friday that Cooper and Jim Haskins of Global News have been chosen as the recipients of lifetime achievement awards in the Atlantic Canada region.

Cooper's dedication to journalism, her connection to the community and dedication to her profession are reasons why she was chosen by the RTDNA.

"As the backbone of Here and Now, Debbie has conducted thousands of interviews, including every premier since Brian Peckford," said the association in a news release. 

Cooper and the rest of the Here & Now team beat out three other nominees for Best Local Newscast award at the 2017 Canadian Screen Awards earlier this month. 

​Cooper will be presented with the lifetime achievement award at a ceremony in Dartmouth on April 8.

CBC Newfoundland and Labrador is also nominated in the following categories:

- Dave Rogers Award – Long Feature (Radio) — We were once; We are still here now

- Bert Cannings Award – Best Newscast (Medium Market) — Here & Now, CBC NL

- Charlie Edwards Award – Spot News CBC — Bay de Verde Fish Plant Fire, Here & Now

- Gord Sinclair Award – Live Special Events — Beaumont Hamel 100