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The Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award

Kim BolanThe Jack Webster Foundation announced that Kim Bolan, a veteran reporter for The Vancouver Sun, will receive the 2017 Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award.

Bolan will receive the award at the 31st Annual Jack Webster Awards Dinner on October 12, 2017.

"It is a huge honour to get this recognition from the Webster Foundation in the name of such a renowned journalist and following in the footsteps of so many talented people in the media," Bolan said.

Bolan is known for her outstanding reporting covering topic such as the Air India terrorist bombing, organized crime in B.C. and the on-going issue of gang violence. Her career has spanned 33 years so far, all at The Vancouver Sun. Bolan and has been honoured with a Courage in Journalism Award presented by International Women's Media Foundation, the 1st Press Freedom Award from the National Press Club of Canada, two National Newspaper Awards, two CAJ awards and six Jack Webster Awards.

"Kim Bolan is the kind of gutsy, hard-nosed reporter who is becoming increasingly rare, and increasingly valuable," said Jack Webster Foundation Co-Chair Ernest Yee. "Like Jack Webster, her career shows how dogged attention to the police beat can hold up a fascinating mirror to our community."

"Personal security has never been the determining factor in Kim's work," Co-Chair Anne McMullin said. "Her reporting has gone into dangerous territory time after time, and her readers always benefit from the journey."

In 1991, the Jack Webster Foundation established a lifetime achievement award and presented it to Canadian journalism legend and the award's namesake, Bruce Hutchison.

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Hutchison's writing career stretched from 1918 at the Victoria Times Colonist to 1992 at the Vancouver Sun. In between, he worked for the Province, Winnipeg Free Press, Financial Post and Maclean's. He wrote more than a dozen books, received three national newspaper awards, four honourary university degrees and three governor general awards.

His published opinions helped shape Canadian public policy for several generations and his writing about the land and its people have had a major influence on the way we think about who we are and what we might become.

Recipients of the award are:

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