Journalist of the decade

11th January 2022

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Wadham Honorary Fellow and alumna Amelia Gentleman has been named Journalist of the Decade at the British Journalism Awards.

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Wadham Honorary Fellow and alumna Amelia Gentleman has been named Journalist of the Decade at the British Journalism Awards.

Guardian reporter Amelia Gentleman (Russian and History, 1991) was named journalist of the decade by the media industry publication Press Gazette for her work exposing the Windrush scandal.

The Guardian's Jim Waterson writes: “Her reporting showed how people legally resident in the UK were losing access to benefits, being made homeless and facing detention or deportation. The scandal – which often affected individuals who had come to the UK from the Caribbean as children but lacked paperwork – led to the resignation of the home secretary, Amber Rudd." 

Press Gazette judges comment: “Amelia’s work exposing the scandalous treatment of Windrush immigrants was astonishing. It set the agenda for weeks and brought down a Home Secretary (even though the policy came straight from Mrs May). The detail and the case studies were brilliant and everyone followed this story up.”

The award, made by the media industry publication Press Gazette to mark 10 years of its British Journalism Awards ceremony was announced on 6 January.

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