Sky News journalists Alex Crawford and Mark Kleinman honoured at British Journalism Awards

Sky News journalists Alex Crawford and Mark Kleinman have been honoured at the British Journalism Awards.

Alex Crawford, our special correspondent, received the inaugural Woman of the Year prize at the ceremony on Thursday evening, an award organised by Women in Journalism.

Mark Kleinman, our City editor, won the Business, Finance and Economics Journalism award.

John Ryley, head of Sky News, said: “We’re deeply proud both Alex Crawford and Mark Kleinman have been recognised at the British Journalism Awards for their commitment to trustworthy journalism.

“Both personify what Sky News stands for, they are dedicated to accurate, impartial reporting, thorough analysis, and have a constant desire to challenge.

“Their work, and that of the talented teams which support them, helps audiences get clarity in an uncertain world.”

Crawford has won numerous awards during her 30-year career, including a BAFTA in June for Inside Idlib, an eyewitness report of life inside the war-ravaged Syrian city.

The BJA judges praised the “persistence, bravery and vividness” of Crawford’s reports.

They said: “From uncovering a war crime in one of the most remote parts of Yemen, to braving active frontlines in Afghanistan to meet the Taliban and showing the world the reality of the forest fires in Turkey, her work has been inspirational.”

Crawford’s work this year has also included covering in Kabul after it fell to the Taliban, terrorism in Mozambique, and the impact of climate change in Madagascar.

Meanwhile, Kleinman broke three major stories this year – the bombshell plans to start a European Super League, the collapse of Arcadia Group and the £5bn potential takeover of supermarket chain Morrisons.

BJA judges said: “This entry comprised three of the biggest stories of the year. For one journalist to break all of them was just awesome.”

The awards come as the latest in a string of accolades for Sky News this year after winning six awards at the Royal Television Society awards, including News Channel of the Year and an Outstanding Achievement Award for John Ryley, the head of Sky News.

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