The Sun’s TV columnist Anila Baig has won the media category of the Fusion 07 awards honouring achievement in and around the Northwest’s South Asian communities.
The Bradford-born journalist moved to The Sun after picking up a number of awards for her Yorkshire Post column.
She began her journalistic career in 1999 after sending an article to her local paper, Bradford’s Telegraph & Argus.
She worked full time for the Argus before joining the Yorkshire Post, where she was named columnist of the year at 2004’s Regional Press Awards.
In the same year she was named Yorkshire columnist of the year before being snapped up by The Sun.
Baig has just completed a documentary about the history of Islam for Channel Four and is due to finish her first book.
The editor of the Lancashire Telegraph, Kevin Young, who as deputy editor of the Argus first employed Baig said: “I’ve been in journalism 20 years, and when I started out, there were very few people of Asian heritage in the newsrooms.
“That’s now beginning to change, and so it should – newspapers are opinion- formers, and as such, we really need to reflect the society we live in.”