At the 2015 awards gala in Toronto, a new award named Journalist of the Year was presented for the first time. The NNA Board of Governors added this award because year after year, the board found that some NNA-winning journalism is so extraordinary, it deserved further recognition. Some stories are simply unforgettable, some journalists beyond exceptional.
The NNA board of Governors convened a panel of former NNA winners to judge this award to ensure it was the highest honour possible – an award bestowed by other working journalists who understand what it means to produce journalism at this level.
The 2021 Journalists of the Year, announced on May 6, 2022, are Améli Pineda and Magdaline Boutros of Le Devoir.
- Journalists of the Year 2021: Améli Pineda and Magdaline Boutros
- Journalist of the Year 2020: Tom Cardoso
- Journalist of the Year 2019: Randy Richmond
- Journalist of the Year 2018: Kevin Mitchell
- Journalist of the Year 2017: Robyn Doolittle
- Journalist of the Year 2016: Mark MacKinnon
- Journalist of the Year 2015: Joanna Slater
- Journalist of the Year 2014: Bruce MacKinnon