May. 7, 2023

The Abbotsford News received a number of honours at the annual B.C. & Yukon Community NewsMedia Association’s 2023 Ma Murray Awards on Thursday, May 4.

Reporter Jessica Peters won first place for her Feature Article for “Life carries on at Abbotsford dairy farm where 200 cows died.” For this story, Peters checked in with Abbotsford dairy farmer Phillip Graham one year after the flooding in the Sumas Prairie. During her visit, one of the cows rescued the year before gave birth to a male calf.

Peters also won a second-place award for the Columnist category for two columns written over the last year. One was called “Message from Ryan Reynolds helps Abbotsford News reporter celebrate end of cancer journey.” The other discussed the childlike joy of believing in Santa Claus.

Reporter Ben Lypka was also honoured with a second-place award in the Multimedia Feature Story category. His story, Vancouver Canucks draft and development and what it means for Abbotsford, analyzed draft picks and development at the NHL and AHL level.

The Abbotsford News as a team also earned second place for the Special Section award. The team was recognized for the Stronger Together, a full-colour, 24-page section marking one year since the devastating flooding experienced across the Sumas Prairie.

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