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Globe health reporter Andre Picard will receive an honorary degree May 14 at the University of Manitoba’s medicine convocation.Christinne Muschi/The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail's health reporter and columnist, André Picard, will receive an honorary degree from the University of Manitoba next month, recognizing his influential writing on public health.

Based in Montreal, Mr. Picard has been recognized by the public-health sector for his dedication, including being named Canada's first "public health hero" by the Canadian Public Health Association. He is also the author of three bestselling books, including The Gift of Death: Confronting Canada's Tainted Blood Tragedy. "André Picard is widely recognized as Canada's foremost public health reporter for his insightful, balanced and nuanced analysis of complex public policy issues," the university said in a statement, also praising him for his efforts "to bridge the gap between academics and journalists."

Mr. Picard will receive his degree May 14 at the U of M's medicine convocation. He also has an honorary degree from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, conferred in 2013.

"This honour is a real pleasure to hear about. André has led the country's health-policy reporting for decades and we are delighted to see that work recognized in this way," said David Walmsley, The Globe's editor-in-chief.

Mr. Picard joined The Globe as a staff writer in 1987, and has since won the Michener Award for meritorious public-service journalism. He is an eight-time nominee for the National Newspaper Awards, and won in 2009 for his columns. "As a reporter and columnist, I try to make health policy issues understandable and accessible to the public. It's touching and humbling to see that role recognized by the University of Manitoba," he said.

Also receiving degrees this spring are the university's president emeritus, Dr. Emoke Szathmary; University of Alberta president-elect David Turpin; arts supporter Susan Glass; Ernest Rady, an investment and financial services entrepreneur; healer and medicine teacher Elder Stella Blackbird; Steven Schipper, artistic director of the Manitoba Theatre Centre; and Dean Louder, a geographer and researcher into the North American Francophonie.

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