APTN wins top honours at Canadian Screen Awards

Two APTN journalists were honoured at the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards Tuesday night.

Karyn Pugliese, the network’s executive director of news and current affairs, and Cullen Crozier of APTN Investigates took top prizes.

Pugliese was awarded the Gordon Sinclair Award for Broadcast Journalism.

Historically, “we’ve had so few chances to share our stories with other Canadians,” Pugliese said in accepting the career achievement honour at a gala in Toronto.

Now, on APTN, “we’ve been able to tell you our struggles, our pride and our hopes.”

(Karyn Pugliese, APTN’s executive director of news and current affairs.)

APTN Investigates won the best news or information segment category for Against Their Will – a story about the sterilization of Indigenous women at a Saskatoon hospital.

The episode re-created the shock, pain and trauma young women and mothers say they were subjected to – many times without their consent – as they underwent tubal ligations. A lawyer has now taken up the case and is filing a class-action lawsuit against the hospital, health authority, province of Saskatchewan and Canadian government.

The episode was produced by Crozier, who is based in Yellowknife. Program executive producer Paul Barnsley and show producer Holly Moore were also in attendance.

It’s the first win at the Canadian Screen Awards for APTN Investigates but not the first nomination.

The awards honour achievements in television news, sports, documentary, lifestyle, factual and reality categories.

Prizes are handed out all week culminating in a television broadcast Sunday night.