About the award

For the student demonstrating excellence in political studies and journalism.

Journalism student Jay Sussman died of cancer in November 1984, aged 28, before he was able to complete his final year in the program. Described as “bright, committed, inquisitive and humorous,” he made a lasting impression on those who knew him. Remembering his devotion to human rights and his belief that journalism and politics could contribute to eliminating injustice and inequality, his family and friends set up this memorial award; later extended by a generous contribution from the Eyeopener. The winner is chosen by the Department of Politics and Public Administration.

2017 Eyeopener - Jay Sussman Memorial Award
2017 Eyeopener - Jay Sussman Memorial Award

Presenter Sierra Bien with winner Sarah Krichel.

Presenter Sierra Bien with winner Sarah Krichel.

2016 Eyeopener - Jay Sussman Memorial Award
2016 Eyeopener - Jay Sussman Memorial Award

Eyeopener EIC Nicole Schmidt with 2016 winner Ryan Jeffrey Tuchow.

Eyeopener EIC Nicole Schmidt with 2016 winner Ryan Jeffrey Tuchow.

2015 Eyeopener - Jay Sussman Memorial Award
2015 Eyeopener - Jay Sussman Memorial Award

2015 winner Deni Verklan with presenter Sean Westlaar, EIC, Eyeopener.

2015 winner Deni Verklan with presenter Sean Westlaar, EIC, Eyeopener.

Past Winners

2017    Sarah Krichel

2016    Ryan Tuchow

2015    Deni Verklan

2014    Zach Pothier

2013    Ophelia Zalcmanis-Lai

2012    Candice Kung

2011    Matthew Kennedy

2010    Marta Iwanek

2009     Michel Deruyter