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Here are the WINNERS, highlighted in yellow for this year -  #FPAawards20

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


Simone Filippetti

In the Ruins of Lincolnshire: the Rise and Fall of the British Steel Industry

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy


Namak Khoshnaw, Emir Nader, Rebecca Way, Tom Roberts

London Lockdown

BBC News Arabic Documentaries


Birgit Maass

A Football Club for Grieving Fathers

Deutsche Welle - Germany

- TV News Story of the Year:

Arwa Damon and Team

Idlib: Forced to Flee Again



Gabriel Gatehouse, Jack Garland, Warwick Harrington

Hong Kong: the Battle of PolyU

BBC Newsnight


Clive Myrie, David McIlveen, Sam Piranty

Ethnic Minority Health Workers

BBC News

- Radio/Podcast of the Year:

Audrey Gillan, Dan Maudsley, Rory Auskerry, Shelley Jofre

On the Ground

BBC Scotland for BBC 5 Live and BBC Sounds

Helena Merriman

Tunnel 29

BBC Radio 4


Nicolas Pelham, Anne McElvoy, Amica Sciortino Nowlan

Trapped in Iran

Economist Radio

- Story about Britain by a Full FPA Member:

Phil Black, Barbara Arvanitidis

A Deadly Business: the Other Frontline Workers



Daniel Faitaua

The Kiwi Nurse who Helped Save the UK Prime Minister’s Life from Coronavirus

TV NZ1 News - New Zealand


Hans van Leeuwen

Britain’s Broken Heartland

The Australian Financial Review - Australia

- Print & Web Story of the Year:

Nima Elbagir, Barbara Arvanitidis, Katie Polglase

How a Catholic Order Dedicated to Protecting Children Failed Them



Stephen Grey, Andrew MacAskill

Johnson Listened to his Scientists about Coronavirus – but They Were Slow to Sound the Alarm.



Anthony Loyd

ISIS Time Bomb Jail Packed with 5,000 Fighters

The Times

- Financial/Economic Story of the Year:

Ed Caesar

The Rock – The Woman Shaking up the Diamond Industry

The New Yorker


Sophie Elmhirst

Tampon Wars: The Battle to Overthrow the Tampax Empire

The Guardian Long Read


Michael Peel

Moscow on the Med: Cyprus and its Russians


- TV Documentary Story of the Year:

Sasha Joelle Achilli

Italy's Frontline: A Doctor's Diary

BBC, PBS, Mongoose Pictures


Waad Al-Kateab, Edward Watts

For Sama

Channel 4 News and ITN Productions Film for Channel 4 and Frontline PBS


Adam Brown

Into the Storm

BBC Storyville

- Environment Story of the Year:

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

The Plastic Nile

Sky News


Ana Naomi de Sousa and Kata Karath

Women Make Science – Ecuador's Hidden Treasure,

Al Jazeera English

Ciara Nugent

A Revolution's Evolution: Inside Extinction Rebellion's Attempt to Reform Its Climate Activism


- Arts & Culture Story of the Year:

Gehad Abbas, Ahmed El Shamy, Kai Lawrence, Kate Hardie Buckley

Behind the Mask: Tutankhamun's Last Tour

BBC News Arabic Documentaries


Sally Rubin, Ashley York

Witness – Hillbilly

Al Jazeera English


Vernon Silver

Life in Italian Lockdown after a Tragic Coronavirus Denial

Bloomberg Businessweek

- Thomson Foundation Young Journalist of the Year:

Kabir Adejumo, Nigeria

Investigative Reporter, Premium Times


Martín Leandro Amaya Camacho, Peru

Journalist, Revista Nube Roja


Anna Myroniuk, Ukraine

Staff Writer, Kyiv Post Newspaper

- Science Story of the Year:

Jenny Agg

My Four Miscarriages: Why is Losing a Pregnancy so Shrouded in Mystery?

Guardian Long Read

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

The Man in the Iron Lung

Guardian Long Read


Bianca Nobilo

Coronavirus has Stolen Our Most Meaningful Ways to Connect



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


Philip Oltermann, Lois Hoyal

Everyone was Drenched in the Virus

The Guardian Weekend


Shaun Walker

The Last of the Zoroastrians

Guardian Long Read

- Journalist of the Year 2020:

Maria Ressa

The FPA is grateful to our External Judges for our 2020 edition:


SEYI RHODES is a British television presenter and investigative journalist of Nigerian descent. He has worked for the BBC, Channel 4, Five Television and Current TV. From 2008, he has been the in-vision presenter and reporter for Channel 4's Unreported World documentary series, produced by Quicksilver Media. He is a former winner of the FPA Media Awards.

SARAH SANDS is a British journalist and author. She has recently stepped down as editor of the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 which she has edited since 2017. She became the first female editor of The Sunday Telegraph, a consultant editor on the Daily Mail, and the editor of the Evening Standard. Sands sits on the board of Index for Censorship and is the author of 3 novels.

JOHN LLOYD  is an award-winning journalist and author and is currently contributing editor to the Financial Times. He has worked for the FT for over 20 years and has also been editor of The New Statesman and a columnist for The Times. He co-founded the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford and sits on the editorial board of Prospect, the advisory board of the Moscow School of Political Studies, and is a columnist for daily newspaper La Repubblica, Italy.

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:

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.


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2020 Judges' Meeting