Basildon Evening Echo crime reporter Carl Eve has been named Shepherd Neame Essex Journalist of the Year.
Judges praised his coverage of the Danielle Jones murder trial, which was “a classic example of thorough digging and court reporting with style”.
Eve’s colleague on the Evening Echo, Gary Pearson, won the Essex Campaign of the Year title for his “Fair Deal for Our Sick Children” crusade, which demanded more cash for a local children’s hospice.
Other winners were Glenn Speller, sports broadcaster with BBC Essex, who walked off with the Spitfire Sports Journalist of the Year accolade, and Ilford Recorder reporter Grant Sherlock, who is now the 2003 Essex Young Journalist of the Year.
Ian Lynch, from the Romford Recorder, was runner-up in both the Campaign of the Year and Journalist of the Year categories.
The awards were judged by Richard Kay, royal correspondent on the Daily Mail, Anthony Clavane, chief sports writer on the Sunday Mirror, and Bill Rogers, managing editor BBC Radio News.
By Sarah Boden