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2013 Canadian Hillman Prize Winner

Glen McGregor and Stephen Maher
Ottawa Citizen

Glen McGregor is a national affairs reporter covering federal politics and government for the Ottawa Citizen. A data journalism specialist, he has used analysis of electronic records to uncover election spending fraud, expose Ottawa’s dirtiest restaurants, map the locations drivers are most likely to get parking tickets, and show how some of the wealthiest cottagers in Muskoka stood to benefit from changes to the federal waterways protection law. He was one of the first Canadian reporters to cover a major criminal trial entirely with Twitter and remains a leading evangelist for the use of social media in journalism. He and Stephen Maher won the 2009 CAJ Award for computer-assisted reporting for a story on political favouritism in stimulus spending. McGregor won the 2001 Amnesty International Canada media award for “Letters from Death Row,” a feature on his long correspondence with a convicted killer in Oklahoma who shared his name.

Stephen Maher began his career in journalism in 1989 as a reporter for the Grand Falls Advertiser, in central Newfoundland. He worked as an editor and restaurant critic for Halifax’s Chronicle Herald, then moved to Ottawa in 2003 to cover federal politics for the paper. He won an Atlantic journalism award for an investigation into a corrupt wharf privatization, and a Canadian Association of Journalists award for his work with Glen McGregor tracking Economic Action Plan spending. In 2011 he moved to Postmedia News, where he works as an investigative journalist and columnist.