Toronto’s CityNews and 680 NEWS as well as Calgary’s 660 NEWS were honoured by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) on Saturday night.
The awards were presented at the annual RTDNA dinner at the Sheraton Hotel in Toronto on Saturday night.
CityNews Toronto was honoured with the Adrienne Clarkson Award for Diversity in reporting.
The national award was presented to CityNews reporter Cynthia Mulligan for her in-depth series following the story of Danica Rain – a transgender Ontario woman who underwent gender reassignment surgery at a clinic in Bangkok.
As the procedure is not available in the province, Ontario funded the surgery for the first time and CityNews had world-exclusive access inside the operating room.
“The backlash against this series was overwhelming on social media,” said Mulligan in noting the importance of receiving such an award. “To me is shows this is why we have to do these stories. to try and bridge greater understanding, to push the boundaries and to make people think.”
680 NEWS Toronto won the national Charlie Edwards Award for breaking news coverage.
680 NEWS reporters Momin Qureshi and Mark Douglas were recognized for their ongoing coverage of two separate crime scenes unfolding simultaneously on the afternoon of September 20, 2016.
Qureshi was dispatched to a stabbing incident at the Eaton Centre. Douglas covered an unrelated double shooting in Yorkville, where a gunman shot a lawyer and was subsequently shot by police following a stakeout.
In addition, 660 NEWS Calgary won with the national Byron MacGregor Award for Best Newscast (Radio).
The station was recognized for it’s coverage of the Fort McMurray fire that devastated parts of Alberta in May 2016.
The 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to 680 NEWS director Scott Metcalfe for his outstanding career spanning over 40 years.
“He’s number one at everything” said Rogers Radio Senior Vice President Julie Adam.