SABEW Canada has presented its Jeff Sanford Best Young Journalist Award to Shelly Hagan of Bloomberg News.
Hagan graduated from the University of Missouri in 2017 and joined Bloomberg as a Canadian economy reporter in September 2019, a little more than six months before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Since then, she has been responsible for all major aspects of Bloomberg’s economic coverage, including the Bank of Canada and the labor market.
As Derek DeCloet, Bloomberg’s managing editor for Canada, said in his nomination letter: “Shelly rose to the occasion, working hard to understand and then explain to readers the significance of the emergency measures being implemented by policy makers and to report the incredible disruption to working people in Canada. She has taken a particular leadership role in Bloomberg’s coverage of the Canadian immigration story and was one of the first to quantify the pandemic’s impact on permanent immigration to Canada—a key growth driver of the country’s economy. She finds stories in data that other journalists overlook and digs for exclusive numbers that help tell stories of what’s happening in the economy in real time.”
The Best Young Journalist Award is named after Financial Post and Canadian Business journalist Sanford, a graduate of the Ryerson School of Journalism who died in 2018.