The National RTNDA Peter Gzowski Award
I am extremely proud that our broadcast on the first anniversary of the earthquake that devastated Haiti has won the NATIONAL RTDNA Peter Gzowski Award. This award is named after a great journalist and recognizes the best news information radio program, displaying overall excellence in the content and presentation of a regularly scheduled news information program. The RTDNA Canada Awards honour the best programs, stations and newsgathering organizations in both radio and television. "The quality of electronic journalism in these entries would make the broadcasters who founded this association very proud," said RTDNA Canada President Andy LeBlanc. "We had a record number of award submissions this year - a great way to celebrate our 50thanniversary." he said..
National Peter Gzowski Award - News Information Program
- CJAD The Ric Peterson Show for Rebuilding Haiti
I am thrilled that our work in Haiti has been recognized. It was important, urgent and deserved the time we devoted to it. It was a team effort. I want to thank producer Chris Pare, technical producers Esteban Vargas and Matt Ward as well as executive producer Kim Fraser for their fine work on the program. Also a huge thank you to CJAD brand director and news director Chris Bury for his leadership and commitment to the project. Special thanks to Mackay Taggart of News Talk 1010 in Toronto for his ground work in Haiti and his brand director Mike Bendixon.
I would also like to thank Richard Clair Country Representative, Lisa Carl Community Mobilization Delegate, Thomas Carnegie Head of the Shelter Program, John Matte Water Distribution Director and Sophie Chavanel all of the Canadian Red Cross for their help in Haiti. Dr. Paul Filion & Dr. Cyrle Stein of Montreal working with cholera patients at the Canadian Emergency Response Unit and their director Dr. Samir Ray, as well as Montreal Police Officer Andre Leclerc in Haiti.
Most of all I want to thank the people of Haiti who have suffered so much and yet welcomed us into what little they had to share their incredible stories of desperation and courage.
Progress is being made.
I've included video and a slideshow of my photographs below as well as a podcast of the broadcast here.