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Jon Woodward is an accomplished investigative videojournalist at CTV News Toronto. Before joining the team in Toronto in January 2021, Jon was a important part of CTV News Vancouver. His reporting has won numerous awards for excellence, including a 2020 international RTDNA award for an investigation into years of bogus expense claims at the B.C. Legislature.
In 2016, Jon broke stories about a scheme to profit off a book by convicted serial killer Robert Pickton -- stories that led to a new law, the Profits of Criminal Notoriety Act, that would seize revenues from criminals attempting to make money by recounting their crimes.
During a secondment to CTV News' newsmagazine show W5, Jon investigated the wrongful conviction of Ivan Henry and won a Jack Webster Award for coverage of the opioid poisoning crisis in Vancouver.
His hidden camera investigations have included stories on a "natural health doctor" claiming to cure cancer, an employer demanding payment from employees, and casinos that fail to protect problem gamblers. His reporting on money laundering in B.C.’s casinos was cited by the province in a sweeping crackdown. An investigation into people dying in a network of drug recovery homes won a Jack Webster Award in 2013, and prompted the B.C. government to spend millions trying to fix the system.
The Canadian Bar Association honoured Jon with a Certificate of Merit for his reporting on how a botched federal government strategy encouraged payments to human smugglers. Jon won a Jack Webster Award in 2015 for his work in a series of stories showing how failures to monitor a convicted rapist led to a murder.
Before joining CTV News, Jon was the associate producer on The Pig Farm, a documentary about the case of Vancouver’s missing women. Jon was one of a team who received a Gemini Award, the Barbara Sears Award for Best Editorial Research.
Jon reported on the civil war in Uganda for the CBC, The Ottawa Citizen, The Globe and Mail, and TIME Magazine. Jon has a degree in mathematics from the University of British Columbia. He trained at the country’s best J-School: The Ubyssey student newspaper.
You can send story ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter at @ctv_jon.