Star reporter Lisa scoops top award
PUBLISHED: 12:38 07 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:18 03 March 2010
Star reporter Lisa Baxter is on cloud nine after scooping one of journalism's highest accolades. Our crime writer was named Specialist Reporter of the Year in a glittering ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in London.
THE Evening Star has done it again!
Star reporter Lisa Baxter was on cloud nine today, after scooping one of journalism's highest accolades.
Our crime writer was named Specialist Reporter of the Year in a glittering ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in London.
She beat off stiff competition from journalists of regional papers across the country, to take the title in the acclaimed annual awards organised by industry magazine, Press Gazette.
Recovering from last night's ceremony Lisa, 29, said this morning: "I was delighted to have won such a prestigious award. It was such a surprise and a real honour."
She was presented with the award by ITN's political correspondent John Sergeant at the Regional Press Awards 2001.
Judges were impressed with her painstaking research and sparkling writing, bringing readers dramatic exclusives such as how an inmate of Hollesley Bay prison is expecting a guard's child and Suffolk Police investigating their own handling of complaints about racist abuse of a Kurdish family in Leiston.
The latter was described by judges as "an amazingly strong entry from someone with excellent police contacts who is never-the-less unafraid of challenging their authority when she needs to."
Lisa's journalistic background includes a stint as a sub-editor on The Guardian website while she was a student.
It is not the first time she has impressed judges in her two years at The Star. Last year she was highly commended in the Newcomer of the Year category of the BT/Society of Editors national awards.
Lisa's latest scoop means it is the second year running an Evening Star journalist has won the title Specialist Reporter of the Year in the Press Gazette's Regional Press Awards.
Last year the prestigious award was scooped by deputy chief reporter and health reporter Tracey Sparling.
Tracey, 27, impressed judges with her range of entries, including a number of exclusives and reports on the paper's ongoing campaign to help burns victim Terri Calvesbert which raised £73,000.