Along with Andrew Gilligan, the man of the night was Sun defence editor Tom Newton Dunn, who picked up the prize for reporter of the year as well as scoop of the year – for his story revealing US pilots killed British soldier Matty Hull.
He also picked up the campaign of the year prize for his series of stories on the treatment of British ex-servicemen, and the Hugh Cudlip award for campaigning popular journalism for The Sun’s Help for Heroes campaign.
Speaking of his reporter award, he said: ‘Considering the extraordinary list of names of geniuses in our profession who have won this award in past years, it’s a real tribute just to be shortlisted. It just goes to show what you can achieve if you try.
‘They were both team awards [scoop and reporter], it’s just a shame that just one name can go on the prize.”
He said that the lead-up to The Sun publishing the Matty Hull story ‘wasn’t easy’as it was threatened with an injunction from the Ministry of Defence, after receiving the tape from a trusted source. But he praised his paper for giving the tale what it was worth.
‘The great thing about The Sun is that when they project a story they really know how to project it. That’s the single thing you look for in working for an organisation. It makes taking Amy Winehouse and Pete Doherty off the front page worthwhile.”