Award first

Belfast Telegraph reporter Mary Fitzgerald is the first journalist working in Northern Ireland to receive the Laurence Stern award.

Fitzgerald will follow in the footsteps of a long line of journalists who have won the accolade when she takes up a three-month fellowship this summer with The Washington Post.

Since joiningThe Belfast Telegraph in 2001 Fitzgerald has reported on a wide range of stories including life in Afghanistan after the Taliban and links between the IRA and ETA in the Basque region of Spain.

She said: “I am delighted to receive the Laurence Stern award and look forward to joining the team at The Washington Post this summer, particularly in the runup to the presidential elections.”

Telegraph editor Ed Curran added: “We are delighted and honoured that a Belfast Telegraph journalist has won this fellowship and is being given the chance to gain further experience at one of the world’s most famous newspapers.”

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