Jake Tapper, chief Washington correspondent and daily anchor of The Lead with Jake Tapper, was presented with the 2017 CJF Tribute at the annual CJF Awards.
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Each year, the CJF Tribute recognizes a media luminary who has made an impact on the international stage.

CNN’s Jake Tapper to be honoured at CJF Awards

Jake Tapper, CNN’s chief Washington correspondent and daily anchor of The Lead with Jake Tapper, is this year’s CJF Tribute, which recognizes media luminaries who uphold the highest standards of excellence and inspire working journalists around the world. The Canadian Journalism Foundation presented the honour at its annual CJF Awards on June 8 at The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto.
“When we looked this year at celebrating a standout honouree, we knew the winner would be a journalist whose work was a highlight of the vicious U.S. election cycle,” says David Walmsley, incoming chair of the CJF board and editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail. “Jake Tapper is this year's honouree because he proved television news can be intelligent, rigorous—and fair.”
In addition to The Lead, which covers news in the U.S. and around the world, Tapper hosts CNN’s Sunday morning show, State of the Union, where he interviews newsmakers on politics and policy. Known for his relentless questioning to combat spin and fake news, his interviews have gone viral and inspired sketches on Saturday Night Live
Tapper, 48, has reported in the U.S. capital for more than 15 years. Tapper lent his political expertise to CNN’s 2016 election coverage and moderated two Republican presidential primary debates. On election night, Tapper played a pivotal role in the network’s coverage and provided analysis on projections throughout the evening. For his efforts, his 2016 election coverage has been recognized with a number of awards. In addition to his journalism, Tapper has authored three books: his most recent is The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor (2012) about U.S. troops in Afghanistan. 
Prior to joining CNN in 2013, Tapper was with ABC News for nine years, where he was also senior White House correspondent. Tapper has also been Washington correspondent and national correspondent for Salon.com. He has drawn caricatures and illustrations for the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times, and his comic strip, "Capitol Hell," appeared in Roll Call from 1994 to 2003.


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CJF Tribute recipients Tina Brown and Harold Evans accepted the honour at the CJF Awards on June 16. (CJF Photo: John Packman/CNW)
Watch the tribute video to Tina Brown and her acceptance speech.
Watch the tribute video to Harold Evans and his acceptance speech.

"Never think something small or uncompromising can not become big, as big as the dreams and the energy and the rigour you're prepared to pour into it."
- Tina Brown

"We're all part of this universal connection of values. We all know what we're trying to do with journalism: speak up for the powerless, comfort the afflicted and do something to leave the world a better place than we found it."
- Sir Harold Evans


Tina Brown, the former New Yorker and Vanity Fair editor, and Harold Evans, the former editor of The Sunday Times, are the 2016 honourees for the CJF Tribute, which recognizes media luminaries who have made an impact on the international stage. The Canadian Journalism Foundation presented the honour at its annual CJF Awards on June 16 at The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto.

"The journalistic stratosphere was jolted when Harry met Tina,” says David Walmsley, a CJF board member and editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail. “Together, they are among the industry’s most accomplished—always taking risks, being brave. This gala event will be a night to celebrate two journalistic warriors."

An award-winning journalist, editor and author, Brown also served as editor-in-chief of Tatler at age 25. In 2008, she launched and edited the digital news site The Daily Beast, which merged with Newsweek two years later. Brown also is the author of the best-selling biography of the Princess of Wales, The Diana Chronicles. In recognition of her service to journalism, she was awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2000. She is currently CEO of Tina Brown Live Media, a company dedicated to summits, flash forums and debates. The company emerged from her annual Women in the World Summit, a three-day event that convened inspirational activists and political change-makers from around the world to share stories and offer solutions to build a better life for women and girls.

An author of several books, including the widely acclaimed The American Century, Evans is now editor-at-large for Reuters and a contributing editor of U.S. News & World Report. As a long-time newspaper editor (Northern Echo and The Sunday Times), his journalism helped end capital punishment in Britain and ensured Thalidomide victims received a just settlement and an apology. In New York, as the president and publisher of Random House Trade Group, he was behind such iconic books as Primary Colours by Anonymous (Joe Klein) and the political campaign sensation What it Takes by the late Richard Ben Cramer. Evans was knighted in 2004 for services to journalism.





The 2015 CJF Tribute honoured Malcolm Gladwell, staff writer for The New Yorker, for his pioneering work as journalist and author. He was recognized at the CJF Awards on June 3, 2015. View the video tribute and acceptance speech.

Gladwell is the author of five New York Times bestsellers — The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, and now, his latest, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants. He has been named one of the 100 most influential people by TIME magazine and one of the Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers. He has explored how ideas spread in the Tipping Point, decision making in Blink, and the roots of success in Outliers. With his latest book, David and Goliath, he examines our understanding of the advantages of disadvantages, arguing that we have underestimated the value of adversity and over-estimated the value of privilege. He has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1996. He has won a national magazine award and been honored by the American Psychological Society and the American Sociological Society. He was previously a reporter for The Washington Post.



The 2014 CJF Tribute to Investigative Journalism 


CJF Tribute honourees at the 17th Annual CJF Awards included Kevin Donovan of the Toronto Star, Karen Kleiss of the Edmonton Journal, Grant Robertson of The Globe and Mail, Adrienne Arseneault of CBC News: The National, Anne Panasuk and Luc Tremblay of Radio-Canada's Enquête, and Robert Fife of CTV News. Missing from the photo are Robyn Doolittle for her work at the Toronto Star, Darcy Henton of the Calgary Herald, and Jacquie McNish of The Globe and Mail.

In recognition of the exceptional enterprise reporting taking place across the country, The Canadian Journalism Foundation dedicated its annual CJF Tribute to investigative journalism.

In the past, the CJF Tribute has recognized media luminaries or organizations for their impact on the international stage. This year, in celebration of the remarkable journalism taking place across the country by reporters, editors and producers, the Tribute is recognizing journalism that has made a difference in Canada.

"Despite all the doom and gloom about the media business, it has been a truly remarkable season for investigative and enterprise journalism—stories that exposed corruption and malfeasance, stories that 'afflicted the comfortable and comforted the afflicted' in the grand tradition of journalism,' says Robert Lewis, chair of the CJF.

CJF Tribute recipients:

"Fatal Care"
In this joint investigation, the Edmonton Journal and the Calgary Herald revealed 145 children died in provincial care over 14 years, triple the amount reported to the public.
Darcy Henton, Calgary Herald and Karen Kleiss, Edmonton Journal

"SNC-Lavalin: Service secret"
Anne Panasuk and Luc Tremblay
Enquête, Radio-Canada

"Mike Duffy Made Secret Deal with Harper's Chief Of Staff During Audit" and "Wright Worked with Two Conservative Senators to Reach Duffy Deal, Emails Show"
Robert Fife
CTV News

"Canadians in Algerian Gas Plant Attack Identified"
Adrienne Arsenault
The National, CBC News

"Lac-Mégantic: An Investigation into the Disaster and its Causes"
Jacquie McNish and Grant Robertson
The Globe and Mail

"Rob Ford in 'crack cocaine' video scandal"
Kevin Donovan and Robyn Doolittle
Toronto Star

The CJF Tribute recipients will be honoured at the 17th Annual CJF Awards on June 4 at The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto.



The CJF Honorary Tribute recognizes a media luminary or organization that has made an impact on the international stage.

Ken Taylor, former ambassador to Iran, presented the 2013 Honorary Tribute to The New York Times and its editorial team for the leading role they play in inspiring better journalism the world over.




David Carr, business columnist and culture reporter, accepted the tribute on behalf of The New York Times at the 16th Annual CJF Awards on June 13 at The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto.


The 2012 Honorary Tribute was presented posthumously to Peter Jennings, Canadian-born anchor and senior editor of ABC's World News Tonight.



Ted Koppel, former ABC Nightline anchor, presented the CJF Honorary Tribute posthumously to Peter Jennings. Sarah Jennings, journalist, author and Peter's sister, accepted on behalf of the family.



The 2011 Honorary Tribute was presented to Robert MacNeil, news anchor, author, journalist and co-creator of the MacNeil/Lehrer Report, for a journalism career that has spanned half a century.


Mike Lazaridis, co-CEO of Research In Motion, accepts the Canadian Journalism Foundation 2010 Honorary Tribute for his and fellow co-CEO Jim Balsillie's contribution to revolutionizing the technology of modern journalism.


Morley Safer, correspondent with CBS News, was presented with the 2009 Honorary Tribute.

Graydon Carter, editor of Vanity Fair, was the recipient of the 2008 Honorary Tribute.