Journalists honoured in Queen Birthday Honours

Journalists in the Queen's Birthday Honours list included BBC foreign correspondent Charles Wheeler, former Belfast Telegraph editor Ed Curran, The Independent's Paul Vallely and Northern Echo columnist Mike Amos.

Wheeler, who received a knighthood, is the BBC's longest serving foreign correspondent. As Washington correspondent he covered the assassination of Martin Luther King and Watergate.

Tim Bowdler, chief executive of Johnston Press was made CBE. He has helped build Johnston Press into one of the top newspaper groups in the UK. Recent acquisitions have include The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday.

Ed Curran, who edited the Belfast Telegraph for 12 years was awarded an OBE. He left the editorship of the Telegraph last year and was appointed editor-in-chief of Independent News and Media's titles in Northern Ireland.

As editor and before that deputy editor, Curran saw the Telegraph through some of the darkest days of The Troubles and the emerging peace process.

Alastair Stewart was also awarded the OBE. He presents ITV's London Tonight, Lunchtime News and News at 10.30 pm.

MBEs have been awarded to former Newspaper Society president John Robertson, ex-chairman of the Newbury Weekly News, and the Northern Echo's award winning columnist Mike Amos.

Paul Vallely, associate editor of The Independent, was made a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George, for services to journalism and the developing world.

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