A weekly reporter scooped two gongs as part of a hat-trick of awards won by her newspaper.
Edel’s winning scoop revealed a man who sadly took his own life had twice visited a mental health facility on the day he died.
Media Scotland Publishing Director Jonathan Russell said: “Once again these awards demonstrate the skill and passion our staff show. The quality of winners and nominees was extremely high.
“Many of our newspaper teams are performing brilliantly, both in print and digitally. But the Rutherglen Reformer is our newspaper of the year in recognition of its superb circulation performance and growth in online audience.
“They’re broken a number of great stories this year while ensuring that readers still get a great service of community news and grass roots sport. The Reformer is everything a great local newspaper should be.”
The full list of winners was:
Campaign of the Year – Lennox Herald, Save our Services
Digital Team of the Year – Irvine Herald
Sportswriter of the Year – Paul Thomson, East Kilbride News
Commercial Award – Mike Wilson and Stephen Houston, Ayrshire Post
Photographer of the Year – Euan McCall, Ayrshire Post
Young Journalist of the Year – Carla Talbot, Lennox Herald
Circulation Performance – Wishaw Press
Most Improved Circulation Performance – Paisley Daily Express
Unsung Hero – Ian Bunting, Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser
Reporter of the Year – Edel Kenealy, Rutherglen Reformer
Scoop of the Year – Edel Kenealy, Rutherglen Reformer
Production of the Year – Shared between Maurice Coyne, Regionals Production Unit, and Paul Massey, Paisley Daily Express
Journalist of the Year – Gavin McInally, Paisley Daily Express
Newspaper of the Year – Rurherglen Reformer
Lifetime Achievement Award – John Murdoch