Their Excellencies Michaëlle Jean and Jean-Daniel Lafond with the editorial staff of the Toronto Star, a finalist for the 2007 Michener Award – photo taken following a ceremony at Rideau Hall on June 13, 2008.
The newspaper was honoured for a series on the lack of transparency around patient safety called “Medical Secrets” which exposed problems in Ontario hospitals including details of errors made by medical professionals.
Standing L-R: Toronto Star editor-in-chief Fred Kuntz; Tanya Talaga, reporter; Robert Cribb, reporter; Lynn McAuley, City Editor; Jagoda Pike, publisher Toronto Star.
The first award covered the calendar year 1970. Since then, a rich variety of news organizations have had their names inscribed on Michener trophies – print and broadcast, large and small, French and English, East and West. The Michener was also the first national journalism award open to both broadcast and print media. The award goes to the news organization itself, rather than the individual journalists involved in the story.