SURREY —Now reporter Amy Reid has received a prestigious journalism award.
Reid was awarded the S. Tara Singh Hayer Journalism Award on Thursday night at the Dr. Ambedkar Chetna Awards ceremony, held at Dhaliwal Banquet Hall in Newton.
Hayer was a celebrated and outspoken publisher of the Indo-Canadian Times Punjabi newspaper in Surrey before his assassination on Nov. 18, 1998.
Hayer’s family presented the award and organizer David Dalley described Reid as “one of Surrey’s most courageous and compassionate journalists” and a “multiplier of courage in our community.
“She has reported on numerous social, economic and environmental issues in our community and her style of reporting not only conveys the facts,” he said, “but also presents them in a way that inspires our hearts and moves us to action.”
Reid was nominated for her work highlighting the need for water for the homeless last summer.
Reid said she is moved by the recognition.
“I feel humbled to be recognized,” she said.
Editor Beau Simpson said as a journalist, Reid always jumps at the chance to help the underdog.
“Her passion for helping people really comes through when you read her stories,” Simpson said. “It’s nice to see her work being recognized.”