Unifor member and Toronto Star journalist Jim Rankin was honoured recently by the Urban Alliance on Race Relations (UARR) for his ground-breaking work for the paper looking into police relations with visible minorities.
Rankin was quick to credit his co-workers for their work, and his paper for putting resources behind important social just stories during a difficult time for the industry.
“It’s a terrific honour, although it should be shared with the many talented colleagues I have worked with over the years to produce a number of investigations and special projects,” he said.
Rankin was one of two journalists to receive the Ashok Chandwani Media Award at the UARR’s 39th Anniversary Awards Dinner on September 18 in Toronto.
Rankin was nominated for his body of work at the Star, including stories on carding and racial profiling.
Rankin is an eight-time nominee for the National Newspaper Award (NNA), Canada’s highest journalism honour. In 2002, he led a team of reporters, editors and researchers involved in a Michener Award-winning investigative series into race, policing and crime in Toronto. Rankin has won three NNAs and a Canadian Association of Journalists award with the Star.
A native of North Bay, Ont., Rankin was also recently given a star on his hometown’s Walk of Fame. He and his wife, Star reporter Michelle Shephard, have also volunteered their time travel to Africa to train reporters there.