The Lancashire Evening Post’s Editorial team has been named Team of the Year in the O2 Media Awards for the North West.
The team was nominated for its coverage of the death of Sir Tom Finney in February this year.
The award was presented by Sir Tom’s son, Brian Finney, to Editor Gillian Parkinson and the team at an event held at the Imperial War Museum North in Salford.
At the same event, the Evening Post’s Investigative Reporter Aasma Day won the Specialist Writer of the Year award.
The judges described Aasma as a journalist who could ‘get where other reporters can’t.’
Her portfolio included exclusive interviews with Paresh Patel whose son Jai was killed by a former partner and Wendy Hamriding, whose face was eaten away by her dog.
Her award was presented by Mr Patel, a newsagent from Hutton.
Aasma was also runner-up in the Scoop of the Year category, with the Wendy Hamriding story.
Editor Gillian Parkinson said: “We are absolutely delighted to be named Team of the Year for our coverage of what was a very important story to the people of Preston. We tried at the time to do Sir Tom proud and it is great to be recognised by our peers in this way.
“Aasma’s portfolio of work during the year was, as the judges said, outstanding. Getting people to tell often very moving stories is a difficult skill, but Aasma is able to gain people’s trust and get them to open up. She thoroughly deserved to win her award.”