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Monday, May 6, 2013
Robert Fife of CTV News wins award from the Canadian Association of Journalists.
Robert 'Bob' Fife, who was born and raised in Chapleau, has won a journalism award from the Canadian Association of Journalists for an investigative story he did for CTV News.
Bob, the son of Margaret and the late Clyde Fife, and Philip Ling, the CTV Ottawa news producer, won the Open Television Under Five Minutes category on the XL Foods tainted meat scandal. Bob's grandfather, George Fife, was the reeve of Chapleau from 1938 to 1942.
CTV said that the story which aired in Ocober 2012 uncovered repeated citations for deficient safety standards for XL Foods, adding that the canadian meat packing company came under fire in 2012 after E.coli was detected in some of their products. The CTV report found that U.S. officials had warned XL Foods for years about safety issues at their plants.
The awards for 2012 were announced at the CAJ annual gala in Ottawa on May 4.
Bob is the Ottawa Bureau Chief of CTV News. He is a graduate of Chapleau Public and Chapleau high Schools. At the Chapleau High School 90th anniversary reunion festival in 2012, Bob participated in the ecumenical service.
In the 1980s, Maclean's magazine named Bob as the best investigative reporter in Canada. He has also won other awards.