Tim Petruk (Kamloops This Week)

"Tim's consistently excellent crime and court reporting could find a home in any newspaper in the country. He won the highest honour in B.C. journalism in 2009, was nominated in 2010, and will likely return next year for his excellent multipart story '28 Seconds' on a Kamloops man shot to death by police. His work might fly under the radar because of where it appears—in a community newspaper in the interior of British Columbia—but to do what Tim does with the scarce resources afforded small-town journalists is deserving of this honour."

Here are some of the stories Petruk wrote for the 28 Seconds series: