TORONTO, April 27, 2015 /CNW/ - Michel Auger, the longtime crime reporter with Le Journal de Montréal who survived an attempt on his life, will be honoured with The Canadian Journalism Foundation's (CJF) Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual CJF Awards on June 3 in Toronto.
Best known for his exposés of organized crime, Auger's coverage of the long and violent rivalry between motorcycle gangs in Quebec in the 1990s is credited with helping to establish a provincial task force that eventually led to the end of the war and the jailing of many of its key figures. His reporting was informed by his underworld connections as well as police sources. In 2000, he was shot six times in the back during an attack by an unknown assailant, but went on to write a best-selling memoir (one of his several books), The Biker Who Shot Me.
"Over his time as a crime reporter, Auger exceeded the call of duty by digging deeper than his competition and giving readers the fullest possible picture of Montreal's underworld," says Chantal Hébert, a member of the selection jury and political columnist for the Toronto Star, le Devoir, l'Actualité, CBC and Radio-Canada. "He dug so deep that the people he covered (or uncovered) wanted him dead. He very much inspired the generation of investigative journalists whose work led to the Quebec corruption inquiry."
For his work, Auger—who also worked for the CBC and Radio-Canada—has earned a number of awards and citations from organizations including the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, the Canadian Association of Journalists, the National Newspaper Association, the National Assembly of Quebec and the International Francophone Press Union.
Auger joins a distinguished group of CJF Lifetime Achievement Award winners. Past recipients include: Peter Bregg, Michael Maclear, Jack Sigvaldason, Patrick Brown, Lise Bissonnette, Joe Schlesinger, Sally Armstrong, Norman Webster, Knowlton Nash, Pierre Berton (posthumous), June Callwood, Doris Anderson, Trina McQueen, Doug Creighton, Mark Starowicz, Bernard Derome, Peter C. Newman, Peter Gzowski and Robert Fulford. View our video gallery of past recipients.
The Lifetime Achievement Award jury members are:
Chair – Valerie Pringle, longtime program host and television journalist, CBC and CTV (Canada AM)
Michel Cormier, directeur-général de l'information, Société Radio-Canada/CBC
Chantal Hébert, political columnist, Toronto Star, le Devoir, l'Actualité, CBC, Radio-Canada
Sarah Jennings, journalist and author of Art and Politics
Kirk LaPointe, publisher and editor-in-chief, Self-Counsel Press
Jane Taber, senior political writer, The Globe and Mail
Anthony Wilson-Smith, president, The Historica-Dominion Institute
About the Lifetime Achievement Award
The annual Canadian Journalism Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding lifetime contribution to journalism in Canada.
Individuals who have worked in any type of media (print, broadcast, digital) and in any journalism category (news, business, politics, cartoon, arts, etc.) are eligible for consideration. The recipient will have demonstrated, throughout his/her career, a commitment to the highest journalistic standards and ideals. His/her work and contribution to the field and society should serve as a model that inspires excellence in others.
Criteria for the Lifetime Achievement Award:
Among the items to be considered are:
- Body of journalistic work during career
- Contribution to society through outstanding journalism
- Recognition and respect from peers and community
DEADLINE: February 17, 2015, 5:00 p.m. EST
TO MAKE A NOMINATION: This award is now closed.
Past Recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award
2014 Peter Bregg
The 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
Peter Bregg, a photojournalist who has captured some of journalism’s most compelling images, was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 17th Annual Canadian Journalism Foundation Awards on June 4 in Toronto. View the video tribute:
Promoted by The Canadian Press from copy boy to photographer when he turned 19, Bregg has—over the past five decades—travelled to more than 70 countries covering stories both large and small. View samples from his recent work and his archives. View his acceptance speech:
“Peter's body of work has been an extraordinary composite sketch of Canada in the last nearly-half-century,” says Kirk LaPointe, a jury member who is also adjunct professor and executive-in-residence at The University of British Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. “He has been one of the most generous, consummately professional journalists in my experience, a mentor to newer photojournalists and a trusted source of advice and leadership in how great journalism is generated. He has remained true to the principles of high-calibre journalism while being an early adopter of modern, digital methods to tell visual stories. He exemplifies what a lifetime of journalism should be: constant renewal, consistent excellence, high integrity and a commitment to community.”
Bregg was chief photographer at Maclean’s for 17 years; has worked as a photographer and photo editor with The Canadian Press and the Associated Press in Ottawa, Boston, London, New York and Washington, DC; and was the official photographer to Prime Minister Brian Mulroney in 1984-85. His assignments have included eight Olympic Games, Stanley Cups, World Series, Presidential trips, Vietnam in 1973, the Iran hostage crisis in 1979-80, the imposition of martial law on the Solidarity movement in Poland in 1981, and the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York in 2001.
Bregg is a member of PhotoSensitive, a photo collective that uses photography to support charitable causes, and he continues to take freelance commissions while teaching photojournalism at Toronto’s Ryerson University Journalism School.
Bregg joins a distinguished group of CJF Lifetime Achievement Award winners. Past recipients include: Michael Maclear, Jack Sigvaldason, Patrick Brown, Lise Bissonnette, Joe Schlesinger, Sally Armstrong, Norman Webster, Knowlton Nash, Pierre Berton (posthumous), June Callwood, Doris Anderson, Trina McQueen, Doug Creighton, Mark Starowicz, Bernard Derome, Peter C. Newman, Peter Gzowski and Robert Fulford. View our video gallery of past recipients.
The Lifetime Achievement Award jury members are:
Chair – Valerie Pringle, Long-time program host and television journalist, CBC and CTV (Canada AM)
Catherine Cano, Executive Director, News Programs, CBC/Radio-Canada
William Fox, Consultant, Government and Public Relations, Stikeman Elliott LLP, Former Director of Communications for Prime Minister Brian Mulroney
Chantal Hébert, Political Columnist, Toronto Star, le Devoir, l'Actualité, CBC, Radio-Canada
Jamie Irving, Publisher, The Telegraph Journal
Sarah Jennings, Journalist and author of Art and Politics
Kirk LaPointe, Adjunct Professor and Executive-in-Residence, The University of British Columbia Graduate School of Journalism
Jane Taber, Senior political writer, The Globe and Mail
Anthony Wilson-Smith, President, The Historica-Dominion Institute
For more information about the CJF Awards, please visit our CJF Awards page.