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Strangeways wins journalism award

Sharing stories: reporter Sam Strangeways

Sam Strangeways, a senior reporter for The Royal Gazette, has won a second Best of Bermuda award.

Ms Strangeways was delighted to win the award for journalism from The Bermudian magazine — a title she first won in 2014.

She said: “I am really grateful for the recognition and even more so to the people willing to share their stories, news tips and opinions with me.”

Ms Strangeways joined The Royal Gazette in 2006 after working for several newspapers in the North of England and winning North-East Journalist of the Year in 2005.

She said: “I got into journalism purely due to a love of writing, not realising how good a fit news reporting would be for me.

“It’s a very rewarding job. Part of the reason I love it is because I believe completely in the importance of the news media — telling human stories, shining a light in dark corners and holding those in charge to account.

Ms Strangeways added: “Even in a very small community like this, those things matter. I am constantly amazed at how many stories there are to be told in 21 square miles.”

Dexter Smith, Editor of The Royal Gazette, said: “I am very pleased for Sam. She is very deserving of this accolade.

“What sets her apart from the pack, here and island-wide, is not only an indefatigable desire to uncover truth and promote equality for all, but the ability to transfer her findings to the Bermuda public in a coherent and uncomplicated manner.

“She would grace many a newsroom in bigger jurisdictions. The country is lucky to have her.”