His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, presented the 2015 Michener-Deacon Fellowship for Journalism Education to Rob Cribb, an investigative journalist with the Toronto Star.
He will use the fellowship to develop a plan for a national investigative reporting project that will allow students at the country’s major journalism programs to research, report and publish stories on matters of vital national public interest, in partnership with major media outlets.
In his acceptance speech Mr. Cribb said of the project, “Young reporters get the unique experience of contributing to ambitious, aggressive journalism alongside seasoned professionals. And media organizations who take part are distinguished by the stories, the resulting public debate and the opportunity to see emerging young talent up close.”
Mr. Cribb has been with the Toronto Star since 1998, where he has reported on organized crime, government corruption, food safety and many other public-interest issues.
A four-time winner of the Canadian Association of Journalists Awards, Mr. Cribb also lectures at Ryerson University and at the Munk School of Global Affairs. He is past president of the Canadian Association of Journalists, and the current president of the Association’s Educational Foundation.
He has a B.A. (Hons.) from Dalhousie University and a Masters in Journalism from Carleton University.