Whitby Gazette reporter Karl Hansell was named the region’s best feature writer at the O2 Media Awards for Yorkshire and The Humber last night.
Karl’s portfolio was described as “exceptional” by award judges.
They added: “This is a journalist with the ability to bring a story to life.
“It didn’t matter who or what the subject was he found an angle that made the feature one that was utterly readable and informative.”
The award was presented by Whitby fund-raising champion Dr Alistair Sutcliffe, whose inspiring fight back to recovery from a brain haemorrhage, featured in Karl’s winning portfolio.
Britain’s best-known modern playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourn crowned the Gazette’s sister paper the Scarborough News as the region’s top paid-for weekly.
This year’s awards were held at The Royal Armouries in Leeds and attracted an audience of 150 media professionals across print, digital and broadcast organisations.
BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin hosted the event.
Awards were presented by well-known media representatives and members of the Yorkshire public who had featured in regional and national news stories through the year.
With almost 300 individual entries the O2 Awards are the biggest regional press awards in the country.
Capita, a UK leader in business process management and outsourcing solutions, provided additional sponsorship.
Judging was conducted over three separate days and the panels were made up of working editors and senior news executives from print, radio and television.