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Chronicle named 'North East Newspaper of the Year'

The Evening Chronicle in Newcastle has been named North East Newspaper of the Year at this year’s Tom Cordner North East Press Awards.

The paper’s Steve Kennedy was North East Journalist of the Year, and Rob Kennedy Young Journalist of the Year.

It also picked up several other awards, including the Consumer Affairs Prize, Business Prize, and Sporting Plate, which were presented at Newcastle Civic Centre.

The Society of Editors outstanding achievement award went to Jim McTaggart, now retired after 22 years as editor of the Teesdale Mercury.

David Yelland, editor of The Sun, was guest speaker and also presented the awards.

He was back in once familiar territory, as in the late 80s he was a Northern Echo reporter, first in its Stanley, Co Durham, district office and later one of its industrial team.

The 21st Awards celebrated work during 2001 on papers from Northumberland to North Yorkshire. One of the year’s running stories, the impact of foot-and-mouth disease, was reflected in many entries.

For a full list of winners, click here.

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