BC based journalist Gagandeep Ghuman was recently honoured by Ryerson University as one of its star alumni.
Ghuman was named a Ryerson School of Journalism 'Headliner' – or one of the 12 notable alumni who have made a mark in journalism.
The department recognised the contributions of two graduates from each of the past 6 decades (50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and 00’s).
Ghuman, who was born in village Nadala, district Kapurthala, landed in Toronto in 2006 to study journalism at Ryerson
After his graduation, he worked at The Toronto Star, where his story on 'dode' led to a swift police crackdown on the drug trade in Brampton.
After his stint at The Star, Ghuman moved to Squamish, where he began a local news blog, The Squamish Reporter which reported on civic issues.
The Reporter has today grown into a monthly print magazine, focusing on civic, investigative and public service journalism. Ghuman’s work has placed him on the shortlist for a Canadian Association of Journalists award two years running.
Of the latest award by Ryerson University, Ghuman said he was honoured to be one of the awardees.
“This award is a big honour and I would like to thank Ryerson University for showing faith in me,” Ghuman said.
Ghuman also said he intially faced diffuculties as an immigrant journalist, but he kept working towards his goal. "This is proof that if you work hard, you can achieve anything in Canada," he said.
Other winners of the Headliner recognition included Shelley Ambrose (1987) the co-publisher of the Walrus Magazine; Zarqa Nawaz (1992) the creator of Little Mosque on the Prairie, CBC’s highest-rated sitcom, and Michelle Shephard (1996) – A three-time recipient of the National Newspaper Award and currently The Toronto Star’s national security correspondent.