Previous Winners 2009 | The Comment Awards

Previous Winners 2009

See below for our 2009 winners, announced on 13th October 2009 over a champagne breakfast at RIBA, London. There were 13 winners of The Comment Awards 2009 – 12 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.

Categories:

Best Comment Pages sponsored by Edelman

WINNER: The Times, edited by Anne Spackman


Commentariat of the Year sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover

WINNER: Martin Wolf, Financial Times

Martin Wolf is associate editor and chief economics commentator at the Financial Times. Wolf, who joined the FT in 1987, has won numerous awards for his journalism including the CBE in 2000 ‘for services to financial journalism’. His most recent book was ‘Fixing Global Finance’ (2009).


Cultural Commentator sponsored by Arts & Business

WINNER: Johann Hari, The Independent

Johann Hari writes for The Independent, The Huffington Post and a wide 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 in 2007 was Amnesty International’s Newspaper Journalist of the Year.


Diary Comment Page sponsored by Atlantic Books

WINNER: Londoner’s Diary, London Evening Standard

Londoner’s Diary of the Evening Standard 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.


Best Environment Comment sponsored by Climate Change Capital

WINNER: Camilla Cavendish, The Times

Camilla Cavendish is a columnist and leader writer for The Times. Cavendish won the 2008 Paul Foot award for campaigning journalism and in 2009 was awarded “Campaigning Journalist of the Year” at the British Press Awards. Previously, Cavendish has been a McKinsey management consultant, an aid worker and a CEO of a not-for-profit company.


Financial Commentator sponsored by Nationwide

WINNER: Alex Brummer, Daily Mail

Alex Brummer writes a column on economics for the New Statesman and is City Editor of the Daily Mail. He is author of ‘The Crunch: How Greed and Incompetence Sparked the Credit Crisis’ (2008), and has previously worked at the Guardian as Foreign Editor, Financial Editor and Assistant Editor.


Magazine Commentator sponsored by Green Thing (Dothegreenthing.com)

WINNER: Alex Brummer, New Statesman

Alex Brummer writes a column on economics for the New Statesman and is City Editor of the Daily Mail. He is author of ‘The Crunch: How Greed and Incompetence Sparked the Credit Crisis’ (2008), and has previously worked at the Guardian as Foreign Editor, Financial Editor and Assistant Editor.


Media Commentator sponsored by BT

WINNER: Peter Preston, The Guardian & The Observer

Peter Preston is a columnist for The Guardian and The Observer, writing about a wide range of issues including a weekly column on the media and issues surrounding newspapers. He has written two books and was editor of The Guardian for two decades, from 1975 to 1995.


Online Commentator (independent blogger) sponsored by Cision

WINNER: Iain Dale, Iain Dale’s Diary

Iain Dale is one of Britain’s leading political commentators, appearing regularly on TV and radio. Iain is best known for his political blog, Iain Dale’s Diary and football blog, West Ham Till I Die. He is a contributing editor and columnist for GQ Magazine, hosts a weekly Friday night talk radio show on PlayRadioUK and is the publisher of the monthly magazine, Total Politics.


Online Newspaper Blog sponsored by MessageSpace

WINNER: FT Alphaville, Financial Times

FT Alphaville is a daily news, real-time markets commentary and analysis service for financial market professionals. The FT Alphaville editorial team is headed by Paul Murphy, an award-winning financial journalist who has spent almost two decades commenting on financial sector developments and breaking large takeover news.


Poison Pen: Polemicist of the Year sponsored by Demos

WINNER: Richard Littlejohn, Daily Mail

Richard Littlejohn is a columnist for the Daily Mail and has previously written for The Sun, The Evening Standard and The Spectator. Littlejohn has broadcast extensively on television and radio, is the author of several books and was included in the Press Gazette’s inaugural Newspaper Hall of Fame as one of ‘the most influential journalists of the past 40 years’. (Photo credit: Rex Features)


Political Commentator sponsored by Weber Shandwick

WINNER: Fraser Nelson, The Spectator & News of the World

Fraser Nelson is Editor of The Spectator magazine. Previously political editor of The Spectator, Nelson joined the magazine from The Scotsman in 2006. Nelson also writes a column for the News of the World and is on the board of the Centre for Policy Studies.


Chairman’s Choice Award chosen by Sir Christopher Meyer

WINNER: Matthew Parris, The Times

Matthew Parris joined The Times as parliamentary sketch writer in 1988, a role he held until 2001. He had formerly worked for the Foreign Office and been a Conservative MP from 1979-1986. He has published many books on travel and politics and an autobiography, ‘Chance Witness’, for which he won the 2004 Orwell Prize.

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