Six Financial Times writers have won awards in science, data and investment categories, illustrating the breadth and quality of the FT’s journalism.

Science editor Clive Cookson won British Science Journalist of the Year at the Association of British Science Writers Awards. The judges said he had written “a selection of pieces replete with style and authoritative sources”, including an interview with physicist Carlo Rovelli and articles about Covid-19 variants and animal-to-human transmission.

Leisure industries correspondent Oliver Barnes and chief data reporter John Burn-Murdoch won the Explaining the Facts Award at the Royal Statistical Society Awards for their article 'Why are fully vaccinated people testing positive for Covid?'. The judges said it was “a strong example of how statistics and data can answer the questions everyone’s asking” and that they were “impressed with how clearly and engagingly the issues were explained and the use of data visualisation”.

Three FT investment writers also won recognition at the annual Headline Money Awards, beating a shortlist of their peers from UK national newspapers.

FT consumer editor Claer Barrett was named Commentator of the Year for her Serious Money column in FT Weekend, the third time she has been awarded the accolade. One judge said that “she puts the situation into perspective for readers and gives them useful knowledge”.

Hedge fund correspondent Laurence Fletcher and markets correspondent Tommy Stubbington won ESG Story of the Year for their Big Read ‘ESG investing: funds weigh sovereign debt profits against human rights’. They were commended for raising “important issues about investing in bonds issued by repressive regimes”.


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