A dog with a bone is how editor Roxanne Hooper described reporter Matthew Claxton’s determination to cover the Murrayville House condo saga and related issues during 2017.
Claxton’s coverage of the condo and developer Mark Chandler have earned him a Canadian Community Newspaper Award for reporter initiative (investigative reporting). The awards were announced and Claxton was first in the category for community newspapers over 10,000 circulation.
“Despite being one of only three people in the Langley Advance newsroom, Matthew scratches out a little time when he can to dig – and as you’ll see, he broke a series of stories on this Langley developer who has been accused of defrauding multiple people and companies of money,” Hooper said when nominating Claxton for the national award.
The story continues and Claxton continues to cover the developments. In 2018 Chandler is in court facing extradition to the United States.