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Jon Woodward is a multiple award-winning reporter for CTV News Vancouver.
Since Jon joined CTV Vancouver in 2007, he has dug up documents and used hidden cameras to get at the province’s major stories, investigating the Lower Mainland gang wars, covering civil unrest at the Vancouver Olympics, and writing exclusive stories about the downfall of several B.C. ministers. He is the only reporter to have interviewed convicted serial killer Robert Pickton.
Jon won a Jack Webster Award in 2013 for his work showing how people were dying in a taxpayer-funded network of shady drug recovery homes that prompted the B.C. government to spend millions trying to improve the system. He has also won an international Edward R. Murrow award for an investigation into the failure of B.C. casinos to protect problem gamblers – a series that led to a review of their program in 2011 -- and regional Murrow awards for investigating a "natural health doctor" who claimed to cure cancer with herbal pills, and investigating a grocery chain caught on camera rewrapping fish after the best before date. The Canadian Bar Association honoured Jon with a Certificate of Merit for his reporting on how a botched federal government legal strategy encouraged payments to human smugglers. Jon won a second Jack Webster Award in 2015 for his work in a series of stories showing how weakness in monitoring of a convicted rapist may have given him the freedom to kill.
Before joining CTV, Jon was the associate producer on The Pig Farm, a documentary about the case of Vancouver’s missing women, digging deeper to show how opportunities to save the women were missed over a decade. Jon was one of a team of three producers awarded a Gemini Award, the Barbara Sears Award for Best Editorial Research.
Jon has reported from a civil war in Uganda, Africa, for the CBC, The Ottawa Citizen, The Globe and Mail, and TIME Magazine. He was awarded the Canadian Press Freedom Award in 2005 and a Jack Webster fellowship in 2009. He has also been nominated twice for Jack Webster Awards.
Jon has a degree in Mathematics from the University of British Columbia, and lives in Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant. He trained at the country’s best J-School: The Ubyssey student newspaper.