Briggs To Receive Tom White Media Award

Dave Briggs presented with the Media Excellence Award at the 2022 O'Brien Awards.
Published: September 13, 2023 10:16 am EDT

U.S. Hall of Fame Communicator Dave Briggs has been named the Tom White Media Award winner for 2023 by the Little Brown Jug and the Delaware County Fair.

A native of Windsor, Ont., Briggs graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Masters of Journalism degree and began working at the London Free Press. He quickly parlayed an early career story on Western Fair Raceway into a job at The Canadian Sportsman – at the time, Canada’s longest running publication.

Briggs worked for The Canadian Sportsman for 19 years before it ceased publication in 2013. He currently serves as the editor of Harness Racing Update and for Catena Media.

Briggs has won nearly 30 national and international awards – including a record 12 United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) John Hervey Awards and four Standardbred Canada O’Brien Media Excellence Awards. 

In 2017, Briggs received the sport’s highest honour, induction into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame’s Communicator’s Corner by the members of USHWA.

Briggs will be presented his award at a ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 19 in the Delaware County Fair Log Cabin.

The award honours the legacy of longtime Little Brown Jug and Hall of Fame publicist Tom White, who passed away in 2019.

Past Tom White Media Award winners were Paul Ramlow (2019), Brad Schmaltz (2021) and Dean Hoffman (2022).

(Little Brown Jug; Photo of Dave Briggs [right] presented with the Standardbred Canada Media Excellence Award at the 2022 O'Brien Awards)

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