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Public Life Awards

List of the Honoree Journalist of the Year

Abul Taher

Abul Taher is a staff news reporter at the Mail on Sunday, where he has been working for three years. He covers all aspects of news, but specialises in investigative and undercover stories. Last year, he led the Mail on Sunday’s campaign against rises in car insurance premiums caused by bogus personal injury claims, especially fraudulent whiplash cases. Before the Mail on Sunday, Taher was a staff reporter at the Sunday Times, where he worked for over four years as a general news reporter, with a special interest on the intelligence and terrorism beats. Taher began his journalistic career at the Asian newspaper, Eastern Eye, beginning as a junior news reporter, and rising to become its news editor.

Entertainer of the Year

Navin Kundra

Navin Kundra is a talented singer, gifted songwriter, extraordinary musician and an electrifying live performer. His name is synonymous with quality and he has earned the respect of his peers, industry critics and fans alike. Navin’s music combines eastern and western influences together with a contemporary and edgy sound that is uniquely and commercially progressive. He utilises his ability to effortlessly flip from singing and writing in Hindi to English to Punjabi whilst playing the guitar or piano to create an unforgettable musical experience. He has established himself as one of the strongest forces in the British Asian music industry today.

Broadcaster of the Year

James Whale

James Whale is a British radio and television host. He first gained national prominence in the late 1980s with The James Whale Radio Show, a late-night programme produced by Yorkshire Television for ITV. From 1995 until 2008 he hosted The James Whale Show on TalkSport. He now hosts the LBC Drivetime Show, every weekday from 4pm. He is known for his plain-speaking, often acerbic and confrontational, broadcasting style; during phone-ins he frequently hangs up on callers he disagrees with or who do not make their point quickly enough - a tactic used by many presenters.

Reporter of the Year

Andrew Norfolk

Andrew began his journalism career in 1989 as a trainee reporter on the Scarborough Evening News. He worked for the Yorkshire Post from 1995 until joining The Times in 2000. Andrew was the newspaper's north-east correspondent from 2003 until last year and has spent the past 30 months working solely on a long-term investigation into crimes of child sexual exploitation involving organised groups of men. Andrew has been nominated as reporter or journalist of the year at the British Press Awards four times in the past seven years.


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