19 Jul 2022

Kent’s Top Journalists Announced

The county’s top journalists found themselves making the headlines after the winners of the 2022 Kent Press & Broadcast Awards (KPBA) were announced. For the first time in two years, a 110-strong audience of finalists, sponsors and judges met in person for the award ceremony to celebrate the winners across 16 categories.

Discovery Park joined other leading businesses and organisations in sponsoring the awards and helping make them a success. Now in its eighth year, the not-for-profit award scheme is organised by Kent PR and marketing agency Maxim. KPBA recognises and celebrates local journalism and the media’s commitment to serving local communities.

The ceremony returned to The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, Canterbury on Friday 15 July and was hosted by award-winning journalist Ben Brown. Born and bred in Kent, Ben is a familiar face on the BBC News Channel, the BBC One O’Clock News and weekend news bulletins. Chris Broom, Head of Business Development, presented the Best Use of Digital Media trophy, sponsored by Discovery Park to the team at KentLive.

Commenting at the event, Maxim Director Rachel Knight said: “It was so good to be able to celebrate the achievements of Kent’s media in person again. It’s been a difficult couple of years, but we were pleased to be able to keep KPBA going throughout the pandemic. That wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the KPBA sponsors so we must say a huge thank you to them, and to our independent industry judges who review every single entry.”



The results in full were:


Kent Broadcast Journalist of the Year, sponsored by Eurotunnel

Winner: Colin Campbell, BBC South East Today

Highly commended: Josie Hannett, BBC South East Today


James Dunn, BBC South East Today

Joe Coshan, ITV News Meridian


Kent Columnist of the Year, sponsored by Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce

Winner: Susan McGowan, Kent Life

Highly commended: Matthew Munson, The Isle of Thanet News


Melissa Todd, Thanet Extra

Simon Finlay, Downs Mail


Kent Designer of the Year

Winner: Lizzy Tweedale, Brightside Publishing

Highly Commended: James Black, KM Media Group


Ashley Austen, KM Media Group/KMTV

Paul Acres, KM Media Group


Best Use of Digital Media, sponsored by Discovery Park

Winner: KentLive

Highly commended: KentOnline


Henry Collier, KentLive

Megan Carr, Sheerness Times Guardian and Sittingbourne News


Kent Feature Journalist of the Year – Broadcast, sponsored by Digitom

Winner: Jo Burn, BBC Radio Kent

Highly Commended: Sara Thornton, BBC South East Today


Derek Johnson, ITV News Meridian

Colin Campbell, BBC South East Today


Kent Feature Journalist of the Year – Print & Online, sponsored by MHA MacIntyre Hudson

Winner: Chris Hunter, Medway Messenger / KentOnline

Highly Commended: Jack Dyson, Kentish Gazette Series


Lydia Chantler-Hicks, Kentish Gazette

Marijke Hall, Thanet Extra & ‘Cene


Kent Magazine of the Year

Winner: ‘Cene

Highly Commended: The Margate Mercury



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Kent New Journalist of the Year, sponsored by EKC Group

Winner: Jadzia Samuel, KMTV

Highly Commended: Emily-Jane Heap, KentLive / Kent & Sussex Courier


Laoise Gallagher, KentOnline

Adam McGroarty, KentLive


Kent News Website of the Year, sponsored by Port of Dover

Winner: KentOnline

Highly Commended: KentLive


The Isle of Thanet News

Downs Mail


Kent Newspaper of the Year, sponsored by Southeastern

Winner: Kent Messenger

Highly Commended: Sheerness Times Guardian


The Isle of Thanet News

Kentish Gazette


Kent Photographer of the Year

Winner: Frank Leppard, freelance

Highly Commended: Andy Jones, freelance


Matt Walker, freelance

Martin Apps, freelance


Kent Print & Online Journalist of the Year, sponsored by Ashford Designer Outlet

Winner: Lydia Chantler-Hicks, Kentish Gazette

Highly Commended: Marijke Hall, Thanet Extra


Joe Wright, Kentish Gazette

Mary Harris, KentLive / Kent & Sussex Courier


Kent Programme of the Year, sponsored by NIAB

Winner: The Wake Up Call, BBC Radio Kent

Highly Commended: BBC South East Today


Kent Pro Wrestling, KMTV

Kent Tonight Special, KMTV


Kent Scoop of the Year, sponsored by Panattoni

Winner: Joe Coshan, ITV News Meridian

Highly Commended: Alex Jee, Kentish Express, Folkestone and Hythe Express & KentOnline


BBC Radio Kent

The Isle of Thanet News


The Neil Bell Kent Sports Journalist of the Year, supported by Kent Cricket

Winner: Jon Phipps & Matt Gerrard, Kent Non-League Podcast

Highly Commended: Juliette Parkin, BBC South East Today


Ben Watts, BBC Radio Kent

Tommaso Dimiddio, KMTV


Kent Voices Award, sponsored by BAE Systems

Winner: KentLive

Highly Commended: Laoise Gallagher, KentOnline


Joe Coshan, ITV News Meridian

The Isle of Thanet News


This year, two further awards were presented for entries that really stood out, but didn’t win the category they were shortlisted for. The Golden Pen 2022 was awarded to Joe Wright of the Kentish Gazette, and the Golden Microphone 2022 was presented to the team at the KentOnline Podcast.

The judging panel brought together Susie Boniface, a national journalist known as Fleet Street Fox; digital consultant Patrick Fuller; journalist and lecturer Dr Sarah Lonsdale Rebecca Smith, former senior editor for Kent Regional News and Media; Leo Whitlock, a local newspaper journalist for more than 20 years; as well as new judges for 2022: Kiran Bhangal of Sky News Radio and Sian Elvin Deputy News Editor of Metro and former Kent Young Journalist of the Year.

For more information on the Kent Press & Broadcast Awards, visit www.kpbawards.co.uk .

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