Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


RNAO recognizes seven journalists for their coverage of nursing and health-care issues


TORONTO, April 1, 2004 – Health beat reporters are getting a lot of ink these days, feeding the public’s appetite for more in-depth coverage of nursing and health-care issues. Many of the stories are compelling, and some go beyond mere fact-finding to explore the troubles of a system that touches all of our lives.

To recognize the importance of the journalist’s voice, and the essential role these writers play in promoting education and healthy public debate, the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) will hand out awards to the seven successful journalists in this year’s Award for Excellence in Health-Care Reporting.

The winners will be presented with their awards during the President’s Banquet at RNAO’s annual general meeting, Friday, April 23, at the Hilton Suites Toronto/Markham Conference Centre, 8500 Warden Ave., Markham.

RNAO is the professional association representing registered nurses wherever they practice in Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO has lobbied for healthy public policy, promoted excellence in nursing practice, increased nurses’ contribution to shaping the health-care system, and influenced decisions that affect nurses and the public they serve.

The winners of the 2004 Award for Excellence in Health-Care Reporting:

  • Sally Armstrong, Chatelaine, for her feature story entitled Critical Care (September 2003)
    Category: Magazine, Best Story
  • Mike Bryan, CBC Radio (Thunder Bay), for his story entitled Chew Tobacco (August 2003)
    Category: Radio, Best Local or Regional Coverage
  • Kevin Donovan, Toronto Star, for his story entitled How world let virus spread (April 2003)
    Category: Daily Newspaper, Best Feature
  • Lynn Rees Lambert, Kingston This Week, for her story entitled VON giving up at-home nursing (April 2003). Category: Community Newspaper, Best News Story
  • Carol Anne Meehan, CJOH-CTV News, for her series about broadcaster Max Keeping’s battle with prostate cancer (July-December 2003).
    Category: Television, Best Local or Regional Coverage
  • Susan O’Neill, The Scarborough Mirror, for her story entitled Coping with Alzheimer’s (March 2003).
    Category: Community Newspaper, Best Feature
  • André Picard, The Globe and Mail, for his story entitled We’ve pushed nurses to the edge (May 2003).
    Category: Daily Newspaper, Best News Story category


For more information, please contact:
Marion Zych, Director of Communications, RNAO
Phone: 416-408-5605
Toll free: 1-800-268-7199 ext.209
Cell: 647-406-5605