Winnipeg Free Press

Taylor among best at AJAC's TestFest

by Kevin Rollason . Nov 03 2016
Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press

Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press

WINNIPEG Free Press reporter Kelly Taylor has driven off with several automotive journalism awards for his writing.

Taylor, who has been with the Free Press since 1989, won the Wakefield Castrol Award, for his article on using hydrogen as an alternate fuel for vehicles, at the recent Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) awards.

As well, Taylor was first runner-up as AJAC’s Journalist of the Year, received an honourable mention from the Canadian Automobile Association for his article, Driven to Succeed, about how driver-education programs help road safety and was runner-up for the Bridgestone Canada feature writing award for his story, Pumped Dry, about how a small, independent corner service station stays in business.

Taylor’s work was described by the judges as striking a nice balance between facts, colour, emotion and judgment with a loose, relaxed writing style.

Paul Samyn, Free Press editor, said, “I am extremely proud of the work Kelly has been doing for our readers and how that work is being recognized far and wide.”

“It’s quite an honour to have your work recognized in such a prestigious manner, especially given the strong competition from across Canada,” Taylor said.