2013 Winners

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Best Online Comment Site

WINNER: The Staggers, New Statesman

Since its launch in December 2009, The Staggers has become one of the most influential and widely-read political blogs in Westminster. In the last year, it has broken stories including Len McCluskey’s attack on the shadow cabinet “Blairites”, Tim Farron’s praise for Ed Miliband and Andrew Adonis’s defence of HS2. Edited by George Eaton, contributors have included Ed Balls, David Miliband, Jon Cruddas and Robert Halfon.


Business Commentator sponsored by Tata Consultancy Services

WINNER: Allister Heath, City A.M.

Allister Heath is Editor of City A.M., the daily business newspaper distributed in and around London, and digitally. Under his editorship, the paper has grown to an audited print circulation of 128,781 copies per day and become an influential voice in the business community. Heath’s trenchant daily column in the paper covers economics, finance, politics, geopolitics, business strategy and other subjects. Heath is also a columnist for The Daily Telegraph and a regular contributor to the BBC, Sky News and other print and broadcast media.


Cultural Commentator

WINNER: Caitlin Moran, The Times

Caitlin Moran became a weekly columnist on The Times at the age of 17, shortly after becoming the Observer’s Young Reporter of the Year. Her unconventional upbringing – she was the eldest of eight home-educated children in Wolverhampton, and published her first novel at 16 – informs her writing style. She was awarded Columnist of the Year at the 2010 British Press Awards, Interviewer and Critic of the Year at the BPAs 2011, and winner of the Galaxy Book of the Year for ‘How to be a Woman’.


Economics Commentator sponsored by ICAP

WINNER: David Smith, The Sunday Times

David Smith has been Economics Editor of The Sunday Times since 1989, where he writes a weekly column. He is also Chief Leader-Writer, an Assistant Editor and Policy Adviser. Prior to joining The Sunday Times, he worked for The Times, Financial Weekly, Now! Magazine, the Henley Centre for Forecasting and Lloyds Bank. He is the author of several books, including ‘The Rise and Fall of Monetarism’, ‘Free Lunch’, ‘North and South’, ‘From Boom to Bust’, ‘The Dragon & the Elephant’ and, most recently, ‘The Age of Instability’.


Foreign Commentator

WINNER: Patrick Cockburn, The Independent and The Independent on Sunday

Patrick Cockburn was Middle East Correspondent of the Financial Times, joining The Independent in 1990 to cover the Gulf War and was then, successively, Washington, Jerusalem and Moscow Correspondent up to 2002. He has written two current affairs books and ‘The Occupation’ was recently listed for the National Book Critics Circle Award. ‘The Broken Boy’, a memoir, was published by Jonathan Cape and Vintage. ‘Muqtada Al-Sadr and the Fall of Iraq’ was published in 2008, and in 2011 Simon and Schuster published ‘Henry’s Demons’.


Independent Blogger

WINNER: Steven Toft (AKA Flip Chart Rick) Flip Chart Fairy Tales

Steven Toft is a business consultant, with a background in organisation development and human resources. In 2007, he started the blog ‘Flip Chart Fairy Tales’ under the pseudonym ‘Flip Chart Rick’ as a satirical take on business and work. Somewhere along the line, the tone got a bit heavier. ‘Rick’ was eventually outed when he began to write for The Guardian under his real name. He kept the pseudonym and Twitter avatar, though, because people told him they liked it and it had become ‘a bit of a thing’.


Mainstream Media Blogger sponsored by Wardour

WINNER: David Allen Green, New Statesman

David Allen Green is is the former legal correspondent for the New Statesman and is now a legal commentator for the Financial Times. He is also author of the Jack of Kent blog.


Media Commentator sponsored by Vodafone

WINNER: Michael Wolff, GQ

Michael Wolff is a Contributing Editor for Vanity Fair, a columnist for British GQ, USA Today and The Guardian, and the founder of Newser.com. He is a two-time National Magazine Award winner. He is the author of five books, including ‘The Man Who Owns the News’, a biography of Rupert Murdoch based on more than 80 hours of interviews with the media mogul, and ‘Burn Rate’, a memoir about the rise and fall of the internet company he founded.


Political Commentator

WINNER: Daniel Finkelstein, The Times

Daniel Finkelstein, OBE, is Associate Editor, a columnist and Leader Writer for The Times. As well as a weekly political column and Saturday Notebook, he writes the ‘Fink Tank’, a statistical column on football. Between 1997 and 2001, he was Chief Policy Adviser to the Leader of the Opposition Rt. Hon. William Hague MP and Secretary to the Shadow Cabinet. Finkelstein has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Science by City University, and joined the House of Lords in the autumn of 2013.


Science Commentator sponsored by Wellcome Trust

WINNER: Anjana Ahuja, Freelance writer

Anjana Ahuja is a freelance science writer. Between 1994 and 2010, she was a staff feature writer and science columnist for The Times. She has since freelanced for The Daily Telegraph, the Financial Times, Prospect, New Scientist and the Radio Times. She co-authored ‘Selected’ (Profile, 2010), a book on the evolution of human leadership, with Professor Mark van Vugt. She has a PhD in space physics from Imperial College London, and in 2012 was made an honorary fellow of the British Science Association, along with Professors Brian Cox and Lisa Jardine.


Sports Commentator

WINNER: Matthew Syed, The Times

Matthew Syed is a columnist and feature writer for The Times. He writes a Wednesday column on sport as well as reviews and interviews. Before becoming a writer, he was the England table tennis number one for almost a decade. He is the author of ‘Bounce’, a book examining the nature of success.


Twitter Public Personality decided by public vote

WINNER: Caitlin Moran, @caitlinmoran

Caitlin Moran became a weekly columnist on The Times at the age of 17, shortly after becoming the Observer’s Young Reporter of the Year. Her unconventional upbringing – she was the eldest of eight home-educated children in Wolverhampton, and published her first novel at 16 – informs her writing style. She was awarded Columnist of the Year at the 2010 British Press Awards, Interviewer and Critic of the Year at the BPAs 2011, and winner of the Galaxy Book of the Year for ‘How to be a Woman’.


Columnist of the Year sponsored by IESE Business School

WINNER: Allison Pearson, The Daily Telegraph

Allison Pearson is a Welsh journalist and author, who was a prominent Daily Mail columnist and now writes for The Telegraph. Her novel ‘I Don’t Know How She Does It’, published in 2002, has sold four million copies and was made into a film starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Pierce Brosnan. ‘I Think I Love You’, her second novel, was published in 2010 by Chatto.


Commentariat of the Year sponsored by Weber Shandwick

WINNER: Caitlin Moran, The Times

Caitlin Moran became a weekly columnist on The Times at the age of 17, shortly after becoming the Observer’s Young Reporter of the Year. Her unconventional upbringing – she was the eldest of eight home-educated children in Wolverhampton, and published her first novel at 16 – informs her writing style. She was awarded Columnist of the Year at the 2010 British Press Awards, Interviewer and Critic of the Year at the BPAs 2011, and winner of the Galaxy Book of the Year for ‘How to be a Woman’.


Best Comment Pages sponsored by the John Lewis Partnership

WINNER: The Times

 


Chair’s Choice chosen by Stevie Spring

WINNER: Caitlin Moran, The Times

Caitlin Moran became a weekly columnist on The Times at the age of 17, shortly after becoming the Observer’s Young Reporter of the Year. Her unconventional upbringing – she was the eldest of eight home-educated children in Wolverhampton, and published her first novel at 16 – informs her writing style. She was awarded Columnist of the Year at the 2010 British Press Awards, Interviewer and Critic of the Year at the BPAs 2011, and winner of the Galaxy Book of the Year for ‘How to be a Woman’.


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