We get memos: Star shuffles reporting ranks

From the Star today…one hour cash advance

I am delighted to announce the following appointments:
Tanya Talaga moves from Queens Park to the new Global Economics beat. Tanya, who joined the Star in 1995, enjoys a singular reputation for her work as a health, education and, most recently, a politics reporter. Her achievements include two nominations for the prestigious Michener Award — for Medical Secrets (2007) in which she and Rob Cribb changed the province’s policies to improve transparency and accountability in patient care and, in 1997, for 1,000 Voices, Lives on Hold, in which she, Jonathan Ferguson and Vinay Menon chronicled the stories of young people who were poor, in debt and without much hope. She was also part of the Star team that was nominated for an NNA in Special Projects for coverage of poverty in the GTA.

Raveena Aulakh is the new Environment reporter. Raveena, who joined the Star in 2008, is known for her attention to craft and her determination to get her story. Her many accomplishments include an NNA nomination for international reporting in 2010 for her stories detailing the exodus of young men from Punjab villages to the West; her aggressive, never-say-never coverage of the Tori Stafford case from when the story broke to the trial earlier this year and her remarkable story of love and obsession about a Japanese mother’s search for her daughter’s remains following the catastrophic tsunami of 2011. She was part of the team that won the 2010 Breaking News NNA for G20 coverage.
Jenny Yang becomes the Global Health reporter. Since joining the paper as an intern in 2009, Jenny has distinguished herself with smart, compelling and thorough stories. She won the NNA for explanatory journalism for her fascinating account of the rescue of the Chilean miners, a story that gripped the world in 2010. She has also dominated the competition with her incomparable coverage of the G20 — both as the story broke (Jenny was also a member of the award-winning breaking news team) and in the aftermath as the scope of civil rights violations made this one of the most important stories in GTA.
Kate Allen is the new Science and Technology reporter. Kate, who joined the Star as an intern in 2010, has emerged as a talent in reporting complex and elaborate subjects and turning them into clear and clever prose. Among her most memorable work has been the recent May You Be Forever Yonge project and its strong social and multi media components, Wild Laws in which she teamed with Wendy Gillis for stories on private zoos in Ontario and A Year of Living Dangerously, how La Nina caused the water wars in Texas. Kate has been nominated for a Canadian Online Publishing Award for a feature on immigration and was a member of the UBC team that produced a documentary for PBS’s Frontline.

Please join me in congratulating them on their new positions.
Lynn McAuley