Toronto Star journalists received multiple honours from the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) Canada on Tuesday night, during the eighth annual Best in Business Awards.
“I’m thrilled and humbled by the Star’s strong showing at Canada’s most prestigious business journalism awards,” said Duncan Hood, the Star’s business editor.
“The competition was heavy this year and wins in categories such as Beat Reporting and Investigative reflect the lofty ambition and intense dedication of the Star’s entire business team,” he said.
The Star’s Richard Warnica won silver in the Beat Reporting category for his focus on business and politics. A second silver was awarded to Warnica in the Investigative category, in recognition of his piece with Andrew Bailey, “Several of Doug Ford’s Key Pandemic Decisions Swayed by Business Interests.” The story takes readers through pivotal moments of the pandemic and the Ontario government’s response, which a Star analysis suggested aligned with the interests of some lobbyists.
Another huge honour was accepted by Jacob Lorinc, who won the Jeff Sanford Best Young Journalist Award in May and was presented the award Tuesday night. The award is named after Financial Post and Canadian Business magazine journalist Jeff Sanford, who died in 2018.
Just two years after graduating from the University of Toronto in 2019, Lorinc joined the Toronto Star team as a business reporter. He has since worked on a number of enterprise projects.
“It’s not often a young journalist jumps almost directly from graduation to being a key member of the business team at one of the largest papers in the country,” Hood wrote in a nomination letter.
Evelyn Kwong was awarded an honourable mention for her work on “Millennial Money,” a weekly series about financial advice for millennials. Kwong has worked on a number of pieces surrounding the topical issue of younger generations and personal finance.
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