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December 14, 2012updated 16 Jan 2013 5:24pm

British Journalism Awards 2012 showcase: Sports Journalist of the Year finalists

By Camilla Turner

A showcase of the public interest journalism (in every sense) which saw these reporters commended by the British Journalism Awards judges as sports category finalists.

Winner: David Walsh (The Sunday Times)

Chief sports writer of The Sunday Times, David Walsh, was named Sports Journalist of the Year.

The award was in recognition of Walsh’s thirteen-year investigation that has led to the exposure of cyclist Lance Armstrong, inclduing this feature:  Broken on the wheel of truth.

Judges said: “David Walsh became a pariah for years in his chosen sport in order to get to the truth of this story. He pursued it and pursued it. The US Anti-Doping Agency would never have taken Armstrong on if it hadn’t been for David Walsh. “It was a fine example of great investigative journalism.”

Finalists

Kevin Eason (The Times)

Kevin Eason, motor racing correspondent of The Times, submitted a series of articles about the 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix.

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Mark Daly (BBC Scotland)

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Newsnight Scotland: Rangers Owner May have lied in court case – Daly discovered a transcript of the judgment against Whyte which proved he had lied in court about why he was banned from being a company director. 

 BBC Scotland Investigates: Rangers – The Men Who Sold The Jerseys – showed that the Rangers had been cheating HMRC and the Scottish Premier League for more than a decade. 

 

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