Winner: Cory Smith, Stratford Beacon-Herald

Sports Editor Cory Smith of the Stratford Beacon Herald was as shocked as everyone else when  19-year-old Carter Schoonderwoerd, local hockey hero, “gentle giant”  and all-round good guy,  committed suicide.  In interviews months later with Carter’s parents, three sisters, aunt, friends, teammates, coaches and his girlfriend,  Smith paints a poignant picture, both of a promising  young man who seemed to have it all, and the devastating ripple effect on others from such a tragic, unexplained  loss.

Runner-up:  Sabrina Bedford, Brockville Recorder and Times

In a fine example of enterprise reporting, Sabrina Bedford of Brockville’s The Recorder and Times writes how the local school board dramatically reversed students’  declining reading skills using phonics. A member of a two-person newsroom, Bedford took the time to do a “deep dive”  after picking up on an item at a board meeting.  She also reported the  ministry of education will be introducing similar curriculum changes across the province this September.

Runner-up: Scott Dunn, Owen Sound Sun Times

Scott Dunn of the Owen Sound Sun Times captures the upbeat spirit and character of the irascible Bill Murdock in an upbeat piece that defies its location, the hospice room where Murdoch would die a few days later.

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2022 ONAs: Feature Writing (under 25,000 circulation)