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Kent Press & Broadcast Awards 2022


This year we had more categories than ever before and received 118 entries overall. After considering each individual entry, the panel of judges met to decide the finalists. The results were announced at a ceremony on Friday 15 July 2022 and are listed below.

Kent Broadcast Journalist of the Year, sponsored by Eurotunnel

Winner – Colin Campbell, BBC South East Today

Highly commended – Josie Hannett, BBC South East Today


  • James Dunn, BBC South East Today

  • Joe Coshan, ITV News Meridian

Kent Columnist of the Year, sponsored by Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce

Winner – Susan McGowan, Kent Life

Highly commended – Matthew Munson, The Isle of Thanet News


  • Melissa Todd, Thanet Extra

  • Simon Finlay, Downs Mail

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Kent Designer of the Year

Winner – Lizzy Tweedale, Brightside Publishing

Highly commended – James Black, KM Media Group


  • Ashley Austen, KM Media Group/KMTV

  • Paul Acres, KM Media Group

Best Use of Digital Media​, sponsored by Discovery Park

Winner – KentLive 

Highly commended – KentOnline


  • Henry Collier, KentLive 

  • Megan Carr, Sheerness Times Guardian and Sittingbourne News

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Kent Feature Journalist of the Year (Broadcast), sponsored by Digitom Video Production

​Winner Jo Burn, BBC Radio Kent 

Highly commended – ​Sara Thornton, BBC South East Today


  • Colin Campbell, BBC South East Today

  • Derek Johnson, ITV News Meridian

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Kent Feature Journalist of the Year (Print & Online), sponsored by MHA MacIntyre Hudson​​

Winner – Chris Hunter, Medway Messenger / KentOnline

Highly commended – Jack Dyson, Kentish Gazette Series


  • Lydia Chantler-Hicks, Kentish Gazette

  • Marijke Hall, Thanet Extra & ‘Cene

Kent Magazine of the Year

Winner – 'Cene

Highly commended - The Margate Mercury


  • insideKENT

  • The Next Step

Kent New Journalist of the Year, sponsored by EKC Group

Winner  Jadzia Samuel, KMTV

Highly Commended – Emily-Jane Heap, KentLive / Kent & Sussex Courier


  • Adam McGroarty, KentLive

  • Laoise Gallagher, KentOnline

Kent News Website of the Year, sponsored by Port of Dover

Winner – KentOnline

Highly commended – KentLive 


  • Downs Mail

  • The Isle of Thanet News

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Kent Newspaper of the Yearsponsored by Southeastern

Winner – Kent Messenger

Highly commended – Sheerness Times Guardian


  • Kentish Gazette

  • The Isle of Thanet News

Kent Photographer of the Year

Winner – Frank Leppard, freelance

Highly commended – Andy Jones, freelance​


  • Martin Apps, freelance

  • Matt Walker, freelance

Kent Print & Online Journalist of the Yearsponsored by Ashford Designer Outlet

Winner – Lydia Chantler-Hicks, Kentish Gazette

Highly commended – Marijke Hall, Thanet Extra


  • Joe Wright, Kentish Gazette

  • Mary Harris, KentLive / Kent & Sussex Courier  

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Kent Programme of the Year, sponsored by NIAB

Winner – BBC Radio Kent, The Wake Up Call

Highly commended – BBC South East Today


  • Kent Pro Wrestling, KMTV

  • Kent Tonight Special, KMTV

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Kent Scoop of the Year, sponsored by Panattoni

Winner – Joe Coshan, ITV News Meridian

Highly commended – Alex Jee, Kentish Express / Folkestone & Hythe Express / KentOnline


  • BBC Radio Kent

  • The Isle of Thanet News

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The Neil Bell Kent Sports Journalist of the Year, supported by Kent Cricket

Winner – Jon Phipps & Matt Gerrard, Kent Non-League Podcast

Highly commended – Juliette Parkin, BBC South East Today


  • Ben Watts, BBC Radio Kent

  • Tommaso Dimiddio, KMTV

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Kent Voices Award, sponsored by BAE Systems

Winner – KentLive    

Highly commended – Laoise Gallagher, KentOnline


  • Joe Coshan, ITV News Meridian

  • The Isle of Thanet News

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Photos & film from the ceremony


Thanks to Tim Stubbings for the photos from the ceremony.  

Take a look at the highlights film below to give you a taste of the ceremony. Thanks to KPBA sponsor Digitom Video Production for producing it.  

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