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The FPA is delighted to announce our External Judges for our 2021 edition #FPAawards21:


Dr ZAHERA HARB is director of MA International Journalism and MA Media and Globalisation programs at City University, London.

She has published widely on Journalism and Politics in the Arab region. 

She is co-editor of Middle East Journal and an Associate editor of the academic journal Journalism Practice

Dr Harb was one of the main news anchors at Tele Liban. At New TV she hosted the main daily political show (Al Hadath) and at Future TV (Pan Arab satellite channel) she produced and presented her own socio-political program. She is a trustee of the Ethical Journalism Network (EJN), and is on the board of the Thomson Foundation UK

Sir CLIVE JONES is a journalist and a champion of humanitarian causes. He was Chief Executive of ITV News and Regions until 2007 and the longest serving senior executive in ITV. During his career he was Managing Director of the ITV Network, CEO of the Carlton Television Group, MD of Central TV and MD of London News Network. He is now a trustee of the Thomson Foundation, chair of trustees of the Runnymede (UK’s leading independent race equality think tank), and Chair of Sightsavers, a charity that works to prevent avoidable blindness worldwide. He was knighted in 2019.

DOUG WILLS  is Editor Emeritus of the London Evening Standard and The Independent. He has been with the Evening Standard for 30 years, 15 as managing editor and 10 of those as Group Managing Editor, including of the Independent. Doug trained with Thomson Regional Newspapers in Berkshire before joining the Western Daily Press in Bristol, becoming political correspondent. Doug moved to London in the mid-80s with the Mirror Group for the launch of the London Daily News. He then joined the Evening Standard. 

He is also on the board of the Society of Editors and is chair of The London Press Club.


Chair of the Judges 2021​:

Yukiko Kishimoto - Nippon Television London Bureau (Japan)

Internal Judges 2021 - to be announced






The WINNERS for the 2020 Edition

For all winners' clips, comments by the judges and more, head over to our dedicated awards website

- FPA Member Story of the Year in a Foreign Language:

Alessandro Allocca

Taking Giulio Regeni's Bike Home from Cambridge to Italy.

La Repubblica - Italy


- TV News Story of the Year:

Gabriel Gatehouse, Jack Garland, Warwick Harrington

Hong Kong: the Battle of PolyU

BBC Newsnight

- Radio/Podcast of the Year:

Helena Merriman

Tunnel 29

BBC Radio 4

- Story about Britain by a Full FPA Member:

Phil Black, Barbara Arvanitidis

A Deadly Business: the Other Frontline Workers


- Print & Web Story of the Year:

Anthony Loyd

ISIS Time Bomb Jail Packed with 5,000 Fighters

The Times

- Financial/Economic Story of the Year:

Sophie Elmhirst

Tampon Wars: The Battle to Overthrow the Tampax Empire

The Guardian Long Read

- TV Documentary Story of the Year:

Sasha Joelle Achilli

Italy's Frontline: A Doctor's Diary

BBC, PBS, Mongoose Pictures

- Environment Story of the Year:

Alex Crawford, Toby Sculthorp, Kevin Sheppard, Katie Child, Kenneth Stewart, Anna Drury

The Plastic Nile

Sky News

- Arts & Culture Story of the Year:

Sally Rubin, Ashley York

Witness – Hillbilly

Al Jazeera English

- Thomson Foundation Young Journalist of the Year:

Martín Leandro Amaya Camacho, Peru

Journalist, Revista Nube Roja

- Science Story of the Year:

San San F. Young

Women Make Science – Kyrgyzstan's Space School

Al Jazeera English

- Travel & Tourism Story of the Year:

Joshua Hunt

The Coronavirus Cruise: on Board the Diamond Princess

1843 Magazine

- Journalist of the Year 2020:

Maria Ressa

Chair of the Judges 2020​:

Marco Varvello - Rai TV Public broadcasting (Italy)

External Judges 2020:

Seyi Rhodes

Sarah Sands

John Lloyd

Internal Judges 2020 -  **denotes Head Judge:

Yannis Andritsopoulos - Ta Nea (Greece)

Victoria Craw**- News.com.au (Australia)

Stefanie Bolzen - Die Welt (Germany)

Henriette Engbersen - SRF TV Public Broadcasting (Switzerland)

Johann Harscoet - L'Echo (Belgium)

Catherine Ilic - SRF (Switzerland)

Alex Khabarov** - RTR TV (Russia)

Aditi Khanna - Press Trust of India (India)

Yukiko Kishimoto** - Nippon TV (Japan)

Bruno Manteigas - Lusa News Agency (Portugal)

Richard Place - Radio France (France)

Sabrina Provenzani** - L'Espresso/Il Fatto Quotidiano (Italy)

Tayfun Salci - Freelance (Turkey)

Anna Senkara - TVN (Poland)

Yasmeen Serhan** - The Atlantic (USA)

Annamari Sipila** - Helsingin Sanomat (Finland)

Alexander Smotrov** - Global Counsel (formerly RIA Novosti, Russia)

Thomas Spickhofen - ARD Radio (Germany)

Loveena Tandon - India Today (India)

Fernanda Zaffari - TV Bandeirantes (Brazil)

Carsten Volkery - Handelsblatt (Germany)

Paul Waldie - The Globe and Mail (Canada)

Previous Winners of the Journalist of the Year Award:

2020 Maria Ressa, Rappler

2019 Namak Koshnaw, BBC Arabic

2018 Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, Reuters

2017 Daniel Taylor, The Guardian

2016 Marcel Mettelsiefen, Channel 4

2015 Martin Chulov, The Guardian

2014 Ed Caesar, New Yorker 

2013 Anthony Loyd, The Times

2012 Paul Wood, BBC 

Special posthumous award to Marie Colvin, Sunday Times

2011 Nick Davies, The Guardian

2010 Anthony Thomas, Mentorn & HBO and Saeed Kamali Dehghan, The Guardian

2009 Martin Hickman, The Independent


In previous years, our Guests of Honour and Keynote Speakers have included:

- Hon Fabien Picardo, Chief Minister of Gibraltar

- Senator Mario Monti, Former Prime Minister of Italy 

- HM Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan 

- HRH the Prince of Wales

- HM King Felipe VI of Spain 

- Prime Minister Boris Johnson (when Mayor of London)

- Rt Hon Carwyn Jones, former First Minister of Wales

- Christophe Deloire, Secretary General of RSF

  (Reporters Without Borders)

- three former British Foreign Secretaries 

- the former US Ambassador Matthew Barzun 

- Sir Venki Ramakrishnan, Nobel Prize Winner and first ever Indian President of the Royal Society.

HM Queen Rania of Jordan is, to date, the only-ever recipient of the FPA Humanitarian of the Year Award, which she received in 2016 (see here).


Every year, the guest list for the Awards is made up of around 350-400 influential members of the British and International media, UK politicians, business leaders, foreign government representatives and other leading opinion makers.