Freelance picks up personal finance journalist of the year prize

Freelance journalist Sylvia Morris was named journalist of the year last night at the Headlinemoney.co.uk awards for personal finance journalists.

Last night’s event at the Park Lane Hilton is the biggest awards night in the world of personal finance journalism and the shortlists were compiled after journalists working in the field were asked to nominate each other.

Morris has worked as a freelance personal finance journalist for 25 years.

One of the judges said: ‘It’s about time that Sylvia’s excellent stories got the credit they deserve. She is the industry-recognised authority on savings, mixing hard-hitting exclusives with detailed analysis.

‘On top of this, her talents extend to leading the debate on women’s pensions and continuing the war on with-profits funds when other journalists have been happy to rest on their laurels. She is one of the best journalists around and thoroughly deserves to break the domination of PF editors who regularly win headlinemoney’s top awards”.

Full list of award winners:

PENSION WRITER OF THE YEAR

Consumer: David Budworth for his work on The Sunday Times

Trade: John Greenwood, Corporate Adviser

GENERAL INSURANCE WRITER OF THE YEAR

Consumer: Stephen Womack, Mail on Sunday

Trade: Lynn Rouse, Post Magazine

PROTECTION WRITER OF THE YEAR

Consumer: Emma Simon, The Telegraph Media Group

Trade: Lucy Quinton, Cover

INVESTMENT WRITER OF THE YEAR

Consumer: Paul Farrow, The Telegraph Media Group

Trade: Chris Salih, Money Marketing

MORTGAGE WRITER OF THE YEAR

Consumer: Myra Butterworth, The Telegraph Media Group

Trade: Tanya Powley, Money Marketing

SAVINGS WRITER OF THE YEAR

Steve Lodge, Financial Times

FINANCIAL WEBSITE OF THE YEAR

Consumer:The Telegraph Money online

Trade: Citywire

REGIONAL JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Rosemary Gallagher, for her work at The Scotsman

CONSUMER CHAMPION OF THE YEAR

Tony Levene, The Guardian

FINANCIAL BROADCASTER OF THE YEAR

Martin Lewis

FREELANCE JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Melanie Wright

COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR (TRADE MEDIA)

Gavin Lumsden, New Model Adviser

COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR (CONSUMER MEDIA)

Tony Hazell, Daily Mail

RISING STAR OF THE YEAR (TRADE MEDIA)

John Fitzsimons, Mortgage Solutions

RISING STAR OF THE YEAR (CONSUMER MEDIA)

James Salmon, Daily Mail

TITLE OF THE YEAR (TRADE MEDIA)

New Model Adviser

TITLE OF THE YEAR (CONSUMER MEDIA)

Money Mail

JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR (TRADE MEDIA)

Paul McMillan, Money Marketing

JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR (CONSUMER MEDIA)

Gráinne Gilmore, The Times

HEADLINEMONEY JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Sylvia Morris, Freelance

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