‘Gone Boys’ podcast takes home coveted B.C. journalism award


Laura Palmer has won a prestigious Jack Webster award for her series Gone Boys, produced for Rogers’ Frequency Podcast Network.

The second season of Island Crime follows the mystery of men who have gone missing in recent years on Vancouver Island, featuring interviews with family members, experts, and police who have been left with long-unanswered questions about these disappearances. It took home the prize for Best Feature/Enterprise Reporting — Radio/Podcast Wednesday.

The men in the series are all living with some measure of disability; brain injury, schizophrenia, or trauma. And their cases have gotten little publicity — so Palmer set out to change that.

“The public may see these men as simply faces on fading missing person posters,” Palmer said when the series premiered earlier this year. “But to their families — they are their boys. And they are gone.”

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The Webster Awards recognize excellence in journalism in British Columbia.

Rogers Sports & Media, the parent company of this station, partnered with Palmer for this season.

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