A journalist whose columns appear regularly in NewsKamloops has been awarded the prestigious City Mike Award for Commentator of the Year by the Jack Webster Foundation.
Jack Knox, whose Slightly Skewed column is published Sundays in NewsKamloops, was presented with the award at the annual Jack Webster Awards Gala in Vancouver this week attended by more than a thousand people. The City Mike Award is presented for outstanding long-term work in journalistic commentary.
Knox was born and raised in Kamloops, where he once worked as the city editor at The Kamloops News, and has written his popular column in The Victoria Times Colonist for several years. He writes both analytical and humour columns, and has described himself as "an award-losing columnist."
The City Mike Award is presented in memory of Linda Webster, and was presented at the gala by well-known radio personality Vicki Gabereau.
Radio NL's Francesca Lucia was a finalist in the Best Feature Story Award for Radio for her story Under the Skin. The Globe and Mail's Vancouver correspondent Gary Mason was presented with the Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award. Fifteen awards were handed out altogether.
NewsKamloops vice president Mel Rothenburger, a former Lifetime Achievement Award winner and a member of the judging jury, attended the event and co-presented the Best News Reporting of the Year — Television Award to CTV Vancouver for Who Killed Serena?, a story about the search for the killer of a teenage girl.