The Financial Times’ associate editor and chief business commentator John Gapper (@johngapper) was named Journalist of the Year at the 2016 Wincott Journalism Awards.

The judges said: “John Gapper ranges across the whole of world business and in 2015 his sure-footed straight-talking and wit were applied to Big Pharma, the crises at Volkswagen and Glencore and shifting patterns in Silicon Valley, to name but a few.” One judge said, “He is always capable of surprising you.”

Gapper was recognised for his commentary on issues including the scandal at Volkswagen, the near-collapse of Glencore, and the merger boom in the pharmaceuticals industry. He is a multi-award winning journalist who has covered business, media, banking and labour relations for the FT since 1987.

Harriet Russell (@IC_HRussell), sectors editor at Investors Chronicle, took home the Wincott Young Journalist of the Year Award for her in-depth coverage of the retail industry.

Josephine Cumbo (@JosephineCumbo), the FT’s pensions correspondent, was the runner up for the Personal Finance Journalism award, for her coverage of the pensions industry and reforms, including her investigation into the rapidly expanding drawdown market.

The Wincott Foundation seeks to support and encourage high quality economic, financial and business journalism. Award entries are judged on clarity, depth of understanding and objectivity. Foremost, the winner must have the ability to write about complex topics in a way that is intelligible to all audiences, but also authoritative.

Find more details and a full list of winners here.

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