RTDNA Canada Announces 2023 Prairies Region Award Winners 

Calgary, AB (June 15, 2023) RTDNA Canada is pleased to recognize excellence in digital and broadcast journalism with the Regional Awards of Excellence.

RTDNA Canada Awards honour the best journalists, programs, platforms, stations, and news-gathering organizations in audio, digital, and video.

Congratulations to the winners for their excellent work!

2023 RTDNA Awards Prairies Region Winners


Best Podcast

  • CBC North Yellowknife – Giant: Murder Underground

Breaking News (Small/Medium Market)          

    • CBC Saskatchewan – Sanderson Arrest – Afternoon Edition

Breaking News (Large Market)

    • CBC Manitoba – August 22, 7:30 a.m. Newscast

Excellence in Editing (Small/Medium Market)

    • CBC Saskatchewan – Sled Dog Education

Excellence in Editing (Large Market)  

    • CBC Calgary – Struck

Excellence in Sports Reporting          

    • CBC Manitoba – How Allan Chan is Passing On His Love for Hockey to the Next Generation of Asian-Canadians          

Feature News (Small/Medium Market)

    • 650 CKOM – Entrer Poķwîspi (Enter Anytime): Opening the Door to a Lost Language      

Feature News (Large Market)

    • CBC Calgary – How Classes in Agriculture and Baseball May Have Saved 2 Rural Alberta Schools

News – Live Special Events

    • CBC North, Northwest Territories – Hay River Flood Coverage: The Trailbreaker


    • CBC Edmonton – The Shoe Project: Stories of Fear and Triumph            

Radio Newscast (Small/Medium Market)

  • 980 CJME – Morning News

Radio Newscast (Large Market)

    • 680 CJOB and Global Winnipeg – Live at 5: The Pope’s Apology


Breaking News (Small/Medium Market)          

    • CBC Saskatoon – James Smith Mass Stabbings

Breaking News (Large Market)

    • CBC Manitoba – 3 First Nations women, 1 unidentified woman were victims of alleged serial killer 

Excellence in Data Storytelling

    • CBC Calgary – Calgary is a City of Haves and Have-Nots When it Comes to Trees          

Excellence in Social

    • CBC Manitoba – Manitoba Municipal Election Coverage  

Excellence in Sports Reporting

    • CBC Manitoba – From the Pitch to the Front Lines: Winnipeg Goalkeeper Enlists with Ukrainian Armed Forces

Feature News (Small/Medium Market)

    • CBC Saskatchewan – Stumped

Feature News (Large Market)

    • CBC Edmonton – Disputed Land

News – Live Special Events

    • CBC Manitoba – Manitoba Municipal Election


    • CBC Saskatchewan – The Prairies Got Something to Say. Black on the Prairies: Place Edition

Overall Excellence in Digital

    • CBC Saskatchewan – Black on the Prairies: Place Edition                       


Continuing Coverage 

    • CBC Calgary – A Community-Driven Deep Dive on Transit Safety in Calgary       

Enterprise Journalism

    • CTV News Calgary – Broken System: EMS Crisis in Alberta        

Excellence in Innovation, Sponsored by Dejero         

    • CBC Calgary – Battle of the Burbs: The Search for Calgary’s Best Suburb

Investigative Excellence

    • CBC Saskatchewan – Mary Ellen Turpel Lafond 


Audio-Visual Storytelling (Small/Medium Market)      

    • CBC Saskatchewan – Race Car Driver in Saskatchewan Carving Out Place for Women in the Sport

Audio-Visual Storytelling (Large Market)

    • CBC Calgary – First Nations Horse Relay: The Original ‘Extreme’ Sport

Breaking News (Small/Medium Market)

    • CTV News Regina – Stabbing Suspect Arrested

Breaking News (Large Market)

    • Global Edmonton – Northeast Random Stabbings           

Excellence in Editing (Small/Medium Market)

    • Global Regina – Moose Jaw Heat Wave

Excellence in Editing (Large Market)

    • CBC Manitoba – Maples Collegiate Honours Grads

Excellence in Sports Reporting

    • CBC Saskatchewan – All-Black Baseball Teams Used to Play for Small Prairie Towns; One is Finally Getting Recognized 

Excellence in Video

    • CBC Edmonton – Our Changing Planet

Feature News (Small/Medium Market)

    • CTV News Regina – Mariachi Performance on the Prairies          

Feature News (Large Market)

    • CBC Manitoba – Youth from Norway House Cree Nation Learn to Live Off the Land

News – Live Special Events

    • CBC Manitoba – Manitoba Municipal Election Show


    • CBC Manitoba – The Cowboy and the Checker Player

Honourable Mention         

    • CBC Saskatchewan – Canada Needs Cradle-to-Grave Care for Disabled People

TV Newscast (Small/Medium Market)

    • CBC North – Reconciliation Day Newscast         

TV Newscast (Large Market)

    • CTV News Calgary – CTV News at 6: February 9, 2022

VJ – Video

    • CBC Edmonton – Small Town School’s Sustainability Project Has a Large Impact

These Prairies Region winners will now compete with winners from East, Central, and West Regions for the Best Canadian Local News Awards.

Best Canadian Local News Awards winners will be announced at the RTDNA Canada 2023 National Awards Gala on Saturday, October 21, 2023, at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in Toronto.

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.

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Contact Information

Awards Committee

Mary Nersessian

Colleen Schmidt
Espe Currie
Janice Neil
Michael Goldberg
Sarah Mills

RTDNA Canada