Helen Nugent, personal finance correspondent on The Times, is the British Insurance Brokers’ Association’s 2002 Journalist of the Year.
BIBA chief executive Mike Williams praised her consistent coverage of consumer issues. “Helen produced a good range of exclusive articles and a timely front-page lead about homes left without insurance following damage from floods and gales,” he said. “Her pieces offer consumers a great degree of advice and support.”
The consumer broadsheet section was won by Jane Croft and Andrew Bolger of the Financial Times for breaking new ground in their coverage of employer’s liability premiums. Daily Telegraph journalist Yvette Essen was highly commended.
Freelance Chris Wheal won the consumer tabloid category and Toby Walne of the Financial Mail on Sunday was highly commended.
Other winners were: Trade research – Marcus Alcock, Post Magazine (Edmund Tirbutt, freelance, highly commended). Trade news – Richard Adams, Post Magazine (Kirstie Redford, Cover, highly commended). Trade feature – Michelle Worvell, Insurance Age (Kirstie Redford, Cover, highly commended). Regional – Jane Hall, The Journal, Newcastle (Peter Sharples, Manchester Evening News, highly commended).
Most promising newcomer – Michael Faulkner, Insurance Times (Mira Butterworth, Post Magazine, highly commended). Internet – Tristan O’Carroll, Insurance Times (Jonathan Swift, Insurance Window, highly commended).
The awards reward journalists for helping to further the consumer’s understanding of complex insurance issues. In its 23rd year, the event attracted nearly 100 entries.