Toronto Star business reporter Rosa Saba has been honored for her coverage of the unstable deployment of pandemic support by the federal government.
Saba placed the silver in the category of breaking news of the Canada Best in Business Awards 2020 for a series of stories about the confusion surrounding Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) payments. The awards, which are presented by the Canadian chapter of the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW), are considered the top business journalism awards in the country and were announced online Wednesday morning.
In one of a series of well-read stories about the emergency benefit, Saba detailed how CERB recipients who were self-employed were left in fear that they would be forced to repay thousands of dollars in emergency aid they had received after the government issued inconsistent information on who was eligible.
“Rosa’s coverage of the problems with the launch of the CERB program was second to none,” said Duncan Hood, Star’s business editor. “The series was also a huge success with readers, becoming one of the most widely read pandemic stories. produced by Star last year. It was good to see him recognized. “
A graduate of Carleton University, Saba joined StarMetro Calgary in 2018 before moving to Star’s business section in 2020. She has also worked as a digital editor at The Globe and Mail, and as a business and technology reporter at Ottawa Business. Journal.
A Globe team took gold in the breaking news category for their coverage of the Coastal GasLink protests and rail blockades, while the Honorable Mention went to Financial Post reporters for their stories on the Tweets from the CEO of Maple Leaf Foods criticizing the former American. President Donald Trump.
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