Megan Stewart and Darren Fleet's investigation of "Lost Canadians" takes 1st place at COPA

Megan Stewart last spring

Megan Stewart and Darren Fleet's "Lost Canadian" series took the top award last night at the 2010 Canadian Online Publisher's Award. VO came in second place to the CBC.ca for"best overall website" in the competition's "green" category, which is for "online only publications."

Stewart is a contributing editor at the Vancouver Observer and was still a student in the UBC Masters in Journalism program when she began investigating a loophole in the Canadian citizenship laws that has resulted in an injustice that may outlive thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of its victims. Fleet is a musician and filmmaker, and was also enrolled in the UBC Masters of Journalism program when he began working with Stewart on the series. 

Stewart now works as a reporter for The Courier and Fleet is working on a CD with his band.

Stewart traveled to Toronto with not knowing if she would win or not. When the series was announced as the winner, she had a long way to get to the stage and moved through an audience filled with people from the Globe and Mail, the CBC, The Toronto Star, and other publications. She was back on a plane late last night and arrived in Vancouver this morning, trying to make it back in time to get started on her next story. 

Multi-media journalist and Lost Canadians co-author Darren Fleet. View his portfolio here.

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