L to R: Russell Mills, President, Michener Awards Foundation; La Presse editor, Mario Girard; journalist Bruno Bisson; His Excellency David Johnston; Her Excellency Sharon Johnston.
La Presse was honoured for an investigative report revealing that the Champlain bridge, one of the most heavily travelled spans in Canada, was falling apart and in desperate need of replacement.
The photo was taken following the Michener Award ceremony held at Rideau Hall on June 12, 2012.
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.