Ross Munro Award – Laureate Announcement 2023

Ross Munro Award 2023 Laureates

The Ross Munro Award recognizes Canadians whose outstanding service to their craft is a testament to the power of national defence and security storytelling in journalism, videography, photojournalism, or authorship.

Award recipients demonstrate professional excellence and objectivity in coverage of national defence and security issues, providing insight, analysis, or examination of the context.

Areas of focus include the Canadian Armed Forces, departmental and national security agencies and must contribute to a wider public awareness and national discussion. Works of distinction demonstrate the importance of sharing stories that impact all Canadians and strengthen and preserve democratic values.

This  year, the Ross Munro Award celebrates two journalist whose teamwork on the topic of foreign interference has brought the subject to light and made the story one of last year’s most significant news items. They contributed to educating Canadians from coast to coast on the scale and seriousness of this national security issue.

Steven Chase
Senior Parliamentary Reporter
The Globe and Mail

Steven Chase is a senior parliamentary reporter for The Globe and Mail. He has covered federal politics in Ottawa for The Globe since mid-2001, arriving there a few months before 9/11. He previously worked in the paper’s Vancouver and Calgary bureaus and originally joined The Globe and Mail in 1998. Prior to that, he reported on Alberta politics for the Calgary Herald and the Calgary Sun. He’s had ink-stained hands for far longer though, having worked as a paperboy for the (now defunct) Montreal Star, the Winnipeg Free Press, the Vancouver Sun and the North Shore News. In three instances, Mr. Chase been a member of Globe team that won a National Newspaper award. In 2023, he and colleague Robert Fife both won the Parliamentary Press Gallery’s Charles Lynch Award for outstanding national affairs coverage.

Robert Fife
Ottawa Bureau Chief
The Globe and Mail

Robert Fife is The Globe and Mail’s Ottawa Bureau Chief. He is the former Ottawa Bureau Chief of the National Post and CTV National News and host of CTV’s Question Period. He has won numerous awards for his investigative journalism. He broke the SNC-Lavalin affair that led to resignations of two senior cabinet ministers, a top lieutenant to the prime minister and the Clerk of the Privy Council. Mr. Fife set the political agenda in 2012-2014 when he uncovered the Senate expense scandal that resulted in the resignation of Stephen Harper’s chief of staff Nigel Wright and significant reform of Senate expenses. In 2021 Maclean’s Magazine named Mr. Fife as one of the country’s 50 most powerful people. Mr. Fife is also the author of several books: A Capital Scandal: Politics, Patronage and Payoff; Why Parliament Must Be Reformed; and Kim Campbell: The Making of a Politician. 

Past Recipients

Past Recipients

2002: Stephen Thorne, Legion Magazine | 2003: Garth Pritchard, documentary filmmaker, director, and cinematographer | 2004: Sharon Hobson, Jane’s Defence Weekly | 2005: Bruce Campion-Smith, Toronto Star | 2006: Christie Blatchford, Globe and Mail | 2007: Matthew Fisher, National Post | 2008: Alec Castonguay, Radio Canada | 2009: Brian Stewart, CBC | 2010: Murray Brewster, CBC | 2011: Rosie DiMano, Toronto Star | 2012: Adam Day, Legion Magazine | 2013: (Hiatus) | 2014: Louie Palu, National Geographic | 2015: Chris MacLean, FrontLine Defence | 2016: Richard Madan, CTV News | 2021 Mercedes Stephenson, Global News | 2022 Sharon Adams, Legion Magazine

Robert Ross Munro, OBE, OC
September 6, 1913 – June 21, 1990

Ross Munro was the Canadian Press’s lead war correspondent in Europe in World War II. He covered a Canadian raid in Spitsbergen, the 1942 raid on Dieppe, the Allied landings in Sicily, the Italian campaign, D-Day and the campaign in Northwestern Europe. His memoirs of the campaigns, published as From Gauntlet to Overlord, won the Governor General’s Award for English-language non-fiction in 1945. He later covered the Korean War, and after retiring as a war correspondent became publisher of the Vancouver Daily Province, the Winnipeg Tribune, and the Edmonton Journal. Munro was appointed OBE in 1946 and OC in 1975.

Selection Committee Chair

Selection Committee Chair
Edison Stewart
Former Assistant Deputy Minister of Public Affairs
Department of National Defence

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