Jon Colman, left, of the Cumbria-based CN Group, won the Regional Journalist prize at a ceremony held in London.
Judges praised Jon, who first received the honour in 2009 and was awarded it on consecutive occasions between 2012 and 2015, for “breaking big stories season in, season out”.
The judges said: “Jon Colman of Cumbrian Newspapers has been breaking big stories season in, season out and is to be congratulated on retaining the Regional Sports Journalist yet again.
“Some achievement given the challenge from Mark Douglas of NCJ Media in Newcastle and Chris Wathan of Media Wales in Cardiff.”
In the Special Sports Edition category, the Oxford Mail was highly commended for its supplement marking 30 years since Oxford United Football Club won the League Cup.
Ultimately, Boxing News claimed that crown for its tribute to Muhammad Ali.