Year in Review 2014: Wawmeesh G. Hamilton’s Top 5

2014 was quite the year. Here's what stood out for former News reporter Wawmeesh G. Hamilton.

  • Jan. 8, 2015 12:00 p.m.

We asked former Alberni Valley News reporter Wawmeesh G. Hamilton, who left us in August to pursue his Masters in Journalism at the University of B.C., what his top 5 stories for 2014 were. In no particular order:

1. Teen pregnancy series

Wawmeesh began a multi-part series on teen pregnancy on May 15 following the release of the latest Local Area Health Profile.

2. Train gang

The June 5 cover story about some of Port Alberni’s model train enthusiasts was a fun one to cover.

3. 10th Ave shooting

We were out of the block early to bring our online readers information about a shooting at a 10th Avenue residence and subsequent arrest of a suspect.

4. Home court future

The feature on Coby Felsman, who earned a spot on the basketball team at the North American Indigenous Games, was memorable for Wawmeesh, a hoops fan.

5. Bankruptcy fallout

A small item about a Campbell River logging company going bankrupt turned into a larger story when a tip revealed the company owed the Tseshaht First Nation $300,000 in unsecured payments.

Bonus story:

Uncovering the story of Brandon Olebar, a Nuu-chah-nulth man who was released from jail in Seattle after being wrongfully imprisoned for a decade.

(Update: Olebar was awarded an undisclosed amount of wrongful conviction compensation in September 2014, thanks to the Innocence Project Northwest, which took up his case last year).