Independent's Johann Hari gets four Comment Awards nominations

Independent columnist, Johann Hari, is up for four awards at this year’s Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards, making him the most-nominated commentator across all categories.

He notches up four of the five nominations the Independent has been shortlisted for, including Commentariat of the Year, Best Environmental Comment, Cultural Commentator and Poison Pen: Polemicist of the Year.

Hari is no stranger to award ceremonies, last year he was the youngest person ever to be awarded the George Orwell Prize and in 2007 he was named Newspaper Journalist of the Year by Amnesty International.

The Times is the best-represented newspaper across the 12 categories with seven nominations, followed by the Independent and then the Financial Times with four.

There are 12 categories in total, with three candidates in each, as chosen by the judging panel, chaired by Sir Christopher Meyer, former chair of the Press Complaints Commission.

The winners will be announced on 13 October at a champagne breakfast where Sir Christopher will also announce the Chairman’s Choice award.

Best Comment Pages:

Financial Times
The Observer
The Times

Commentariat of the Year:

David Aaronovitch, The Times
Johann Hari, The Independent
Martin Wolf, Financial Times

Cultural Commentator:

AA Gill, The Sunday Times
Johann Hari, The Independent
Catherine Mayer, TIME Magazine

Diary Comment Page:

Atticus, The Sunday Times
Matthew Bell, The Independent on Sunday Diary
Londoner’s Diary, London Evening Standard

Best Environment Comment:

Camilla Cavendish, The Times
Johann Hari, The Independent
Geoffrey Lean, The Daily Telegraph (formerly at The Independent)

Financial Commentator:

Alex Brummer, Daily Mail
Camilla Cavendish, The Times
Martin Wolf, Financial Times

Magazine Commentator (including trade media and weeklies):

Alex Brummer, New Statesman
Andrew Miller, The Economist
Sathnam Sanghera, Times 2

Media Commentator:

Stephen Glover, The Independent
Jeff Jarvis, The Guardian
Peter Preston, The Guardian and The Observer

Online Commentator:

Iain Dale, www.iaindale.blogspot.com
Chris Dillow, www.stumblingandmumbling.typepad.com
Guido Fawkes, www.order-order.com

Online Newspaper Blog:

FT Alphaville, Financial Times
Coffee House, The Spectator
Comment Central, The Times

Poison Pen – Polemicist of the Year:

David Aaronovitch, The Times
Johann Hari, The Independent
Richard Littlejohn, Daily Mail

Political Commentator:

Daniel Finkelstein, The Times
Andrew Miller, The Economist
Fraser Nelson, The Spectator (formerly at The Daily Telegraph)

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