See below for the 2010 winners of The Comment Awards, announced over a champagne breakfast at
RIBA, London on 21st October 2010. There are 14 winners of this years Comment Awards – 13
categories were open for public nominations. The categories span both online and printed comment, as well as
a celebration of both individual commentators and also the comment editors and newspapers/blogs themselves.
Best Comment Pages sponsored by the ei Digest
WINNER: The Times, edited by Anne Spackman
Commentariat of the Year sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover
WINNER: Simon Jenkins, The Guardian & London Evening Standard
Simon Jenkins is a journalist and author. He writes for the Guardian and the London Evening Standard, as well as broadcasting for the BBC. He is a former editor of both The Times and the London Evening Standard, He was Journalist of the Year in 1988 and Columnist of the Year in 1993. His books include works on London architecture, the press and politics and, more recently, England’s Thousand Best Churches (1999) and Thousand Best Houses (2003). He is Chairman of English Heritage.
Best Blogger sponsored by Race Online 2012
WINNER: Nick Robinson, BBC
Nick Robinson has been the BBC’s Political Editor since 2005. He returned to the BBC where he began his career after three years as Political Editor of ITV News. His last post at the BBC was as News 24’s chief political correspondent (1999 – 2002). During that time he also presented Westminster Live on BBC Two and BBC News 24’s Straight Talk.
Best Blog Site sponsored by Talk About Autism
WINNER: Comment is free, the Guardian & The Observer
Comment is free is the online home of Guardian and Observer print and web-only comment. It includes the main comment articles and editorials from both newspapers and also hosts collective web-only blogs. As well as the main site they also run Comment is free America, Comment is free Belief and Liberty Central. Natalie Hanman is the editor of Comment is free.
Cultural Commentator sponsored by Somerset House Trust
WINNER: Mark Lawson, the Guardian
Mark Lawson is a Guardian columnist and feature writerwho previously wrote for The Independent, The Independent on Sunday, The Times and The Universe. He is currently theatre critic of the Tablet. He is the main presenter of Front Row, BBC Radio 4’s nightly arts programme. He is also a novelist and TV writer.
Best Diary Page sponsored by Atlantic Books
WINNER: Londoner’s Diary, London Evening Standard
Londoner’s Diary first appeared on 11 April 1916 when Arthur Mann, the Editor, announced that it would consist of “three columns written daily by gentlemen for gentlemen” with its own distinctive slant on politics, personalities and London based stories. Former editors include Sir Max Hastings, Geoffrey Wheatcroft, Magnus Linklater, Peter Cole and Sarah Sands. It is now edited by Sebastian Shakespeare.
Environment Commentator sponsored by Green Thing (Dothegreenthing.com)
WINNER: Johann Hari, The Independent
Johann Hari writes for The Independent, The Huffington Post and a range of international newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and Le Monde. In 2008 he was awarded the Orwell Prize and last year he won the Cultural Commentator award at The Comment Awards.
Financial Commentator sponsored by Nationwide
WINNER: Anatole Kaletsky, The Times
Anatole Kaletsky is the leading economics commentator at The Times, beginning his career at The Economist and the Financial Times. He was named Newspaper Commentator of the Year in the BBC’s What the Papers Say awards for 1996. He has twice received the British Press Award for Specialist Writer of the Year and has won the Wincott Award for economic journalism.
Foreign Commentator sponsored by the British Council
WINNER: Gideon Rachman, Financial Times
Gideon Rachman, the Financial Times’ chief foreign affairs columnist, writes a weekly piece and a blog which covers a variety of topics from US foreign policy to European politics and the Middle East. He joined the FT in 2006, after a 15-year career at The Economist during which time he was based in Brussels, Bangkok and Washington.
Magazine Commentator (including trade media, weeklies and monthlies) sponsored by the APA
WINNER: Christopher Hitchens, Vanity Fair
A journalist and pundit whose career spans four decades, he has worked at The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, the New Statesman and The Nation. His latest book, Hitch-22: A Memoir, was published in June 2010.
Media Commentator sponsored by BT
WINNER: Jeff Jarvis, The Guardian
Jeff Jarvis writes a new media column for the Guardian and hosts its Media Talk USA podcast. He is associate professor and director of the interactive journalism program at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism and blogs about media and news at Buzzmachine.com. He is the author of What Would Google Do? (2009).
Political Commentator sponsored Weber Shandwick
WINNER: Daniel Finkelstein, The Times
Times columnist Daniel Finkelstein joined the paper in 2001 and was its comment editor from 2004-2008 becoming chief leader writer in 2008, and now is executive editor of digital content. He was advisor to both Prime Minister John Major and Conservative leader William Hague.
Westminster Villager (Political Sketch) sponsored by Policy Exchange
WINNER: Quentin Letts, Daily Mail
Quentin Letts is the Daily Mail’s Parliamentary sketch writer and previously edited the London Evening Standard’s Londoner’s Diary and the Daily Telegraph’s Peterborough column. He began his journalistic career in 1987 and has also worked for The Times and the New Statesman. Letts has written two books, the bestselling 50 People Who Buggered Up Britain and Bog-Standard Britain.
Chair’s Choice chosen by Baroness Helena Kennedy QC as Chair of the Judges
WINNER: Simon Kelner, The Independent
Simon Kelner is the editor of The Independent. Kelner’s previous jobs include sports editor of the Sunday Correspondent, editor of the Observer magazine, and editor of the Mail on Sunday supplement Night and Day. In September 2003 Kelner re-launched The Independent in compact format leading to newspapers worldwide adopting this size.