2023 Emerging Journalist Award

“Young journalists are coming into newsrooms with a hunger and determination to tell stories that matter and an ability to use all kinds of technology to do that. It’s time our industry honour our future as well as our past.”
Lis Travers
President, RTDNA Canada

Congratulations to the 2023 Emerging Journalist Award Winner, Kier Junos!

RTDNA Canada is pleased to honour Kier Junos with the inaugural Emerging Journalist Award for an emerging journalist who displays excellence in the coverage of original (enterprise) journalism on a single topic, investigative reporting, or continuing coverage of a beat or a major breaking and developing story.


Congratulations to the Emerging Journalist Award Finalists!

RTDNA Canada is proud to recognize three finalists for the inaugural Emerging Journalist Award. The award is presented to an emerging journalist who displays excellence in the coverage of original (enterprise) journalism on a single topic, investigative reporting, or continuing coverage of a beat or a major breaking and developing story.

RTDNA Canada created the Emerging Journalist Award to recognize the achievements and excellent work of Canadian journalists who are in the early stages of their career. The Emerging Journalist winner will be announced at the President’s Reception in Toronto at the Sheraton Centre Hotel on October 20, 2023.

Congratulations to these finalists for their exceptional work. 

Bobby Hristova

Bobby Hristova is a journalist with CBC Hamilton. He reports on all issues but has a knack for stories that hold people accountable and stories that focus on policing, social issues, and investigative journalism.

He is part of a team that won breaking news RTDNA awards in 2021 and 2022. He also won a Digital Publishing Award for Best Short Feature in 2022.

He previously worked for the National Post and CityNews in Toronto and studied journalism at Centennial College and the University of Toronto.

Kier Junos

Kier Junos is a video journalist with CityNews Vancouver, where he’s been working for three years. He’s covered everything from natural disasters to drug policy, unhoused issues, and heartfelt human-interest stories.

Junos is from Abbotsford, B.C., and got his start in journalism as a music blogger, going on to write for local online news outlets and magazines. His strength is in connecting with the people he covers and sharing their diverse stories.

Junos is Filipino and bisexual, and these identities intersect to create a unique lens in his approach to stories with marginalized people.

Lisa Steacy

Whether writing breaking news or features, Lisa Steacy prides herself on bringing compassion and context to the stories she tells. Lisa was born and raised in Toronto and graduated from the University of Toronto in 2006 with a degree in Women and Gender Studies and Art History.

After moving to Vancouver in 2010, she spent nearly a decade as a frontline worker at a rape crisis centre and battered women’s shelter. That experience showed her the many ways vulnerable women and children can be failed by the systems that are meant to protect them, and how government policies impact people’s lives. After enrolling in Langara College’s journalism certificate program at age 35, she graduated in 2019.

Before coming to CTV News, Lisa spent nearly three years at CityNews Vancouver as a digital reporter and producer. She has twice been a finalist for a regional RTDNA award for Best Digital Feature. She is drawn to stories that might otherwise go untold and that promote accountability. Working in daily news, she also knows the value of finding and telling stories that shine a spotlight on moments of joy, triumph, and absurdity.

About RTDNA Canada

RTDNA Canada is a progressive organization offering a forum for open discussion, best practices, educational information, and industry news. The Association speaks for the leaders and members of Canada’s radio, television and digital news operations on issues that impact news coverage and journalists. RTDNA Canada fosters training, career development, national and regional awards recognition, and active dialogue with the membership.

The RTDNA Code of Journalistic Ethics, adopted by the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, is used to measure fairness and accuracy in our profession.
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Contact Information

RTDNA Canada | President

Lis Travers

RTDNA Canada | Awards Committee

Mary Nersessian – Chair
Espe Currie
Michael Goldberg
Sarah Mills
Janice Neil
Colleen Schmidt