Visitor and Lancaster Guardian sports reporter Adam Lord has been highly commended in the 02 Media Awards 2014.
Adam, 28, was recognised for his works in covering sports across the spectrum in both titles and online.
He was praised for the quality and breadth of his varied portfolio, covering sport from waterpolo to wheelchair basketball as well as football clubs Morecambe FC and Lancaster City FC.
Adam, who was presented with his runners up award from TV news anchor Louise Minchin during a glittering ceremony at the Imperial War Museum North at Salford Quays, said: “It was great to be nominated and share a room with the region’s top journalists.
“I’ll certainly be entering next year to try and go one better.”
Guardian and Visitor Editor Nicola Adam said: “Adam fully deserves this recognition for all the hard work he put into our sports coverage. He always goes the extra mile to ensure every sport has a chance to shine.”
Adam made it on to a shortlist of three for Weekly Sports Reporter of the year at the North West awards.
Special guests at the event included veterans of World War Two, who received a fanfare from the Duke of Lancaster’s Regimental Band as they took to the stage, Sir Tom Finney’s son Brian and daughter Barbara and former Page 3 girl Lou Varley
Other winners included Aasma Day, from the Guardian and Visitor’s sister title Lancashire Evening Post, who scooped the Specialist Journalist of the Year accolade.
Nicola Green, Director of Communications and Reputation at O2 UK, said the judging panel were hugely impressed by the tremendous examples of community journalism across the North West.
“The O2 awards are a celebration of all that is good about regional media.”