Joanna Smith (Toronto Star)

"Joanna has covered a number of challenging and in-depth stories over the past year, from the passing of Jack Layton to the difficult trial of Russell Williams. She is a strong, detail-oriented and captivating writer who gets her facts straight and profiles the who's who in federal politics and covers timely and important stories in an innovative fashion from live-tweeting to writing concise briefs and colourful features."

Here are some stories Smith wrote last year for the Star: