Kamloops This Week reporter Marty Hastings has been named a finalist in this year's Jack Webster Awards.
This is the second time Hastings has been named a finalist in the prestigious journalism competition. In 2017, he was a finalist for the Jack Webster Award for Community Reporting for his story, Wedding night turns tragic; Adkin dies of OD, which chronicled the tragic night that a Kamloops man died of an overdose at a wedding celebration.
Hastings is again a finalist for the Jack Webster Award for Community Reporting and again for a story that chronicled a family’s grief at losing a son to an overdose — Dalkes lose son, brother to fentanyl — 'This part of me is missing.'
The story told of the death of 25-year-old Brady Dalke through the words of his parents, Brad and Debbie. It can be read by clicking here.
The other finalists in the Community Reporting category are Sarah Penton and Josh Pagé of CBC Radio Kelowna for Recovery: Stories from the Ashes and the IndigiNews Okanagan team of Kelsie Kilawna, Chehala Leonard, Athena Bonneau and Lindsay Sample for Sharing Indigenous News and Perspectives in the Okanagan.
Kamloops This Week has had three previous Jack Webster Award winners.
Jessica Klymchuk won in the Community Reporting category in 2016 for her feature series, Transcendent: When Darrin became Deanna. Tim Petruk won in the same category in 2009 for his feature, Targeting Teens Within Seconds. Dale Steeves won the 1998 Jack Webster Award of Distinction for his Stalking Series.
In addition, Petruk was a Community Reporting finalist in 2016 for his feature, Triumph & Tragedy: The Rudy Poeschek Story, and in 2010 for his feature, Eastside Stories.
The Jack Webster Award for Community Reporting is given to a print journalist from a publication with less than 50,000 circulation or a broadcast journalist from a small-market broadcast organization, whose work demonstrates extraordinary enterprise, talent or courage in bringing vital information to their community.
The 2020 Jack Webster Awards will be handed out during a Dec. 8 online awards ceremony, which will begin at 6 p.m. This online event is free for everyone to watch and can be seen at https://www.ohboy.ca/webster-awards.