A SERIES of interviews with some of Tyneside’s most notorious gangsters earned a former pupil of Bowland High School the Young Journalist of the Year prize at the Regional Press Awards.
Dan Warburton (26), who works for ncjMedia in Tyneside and is also an ex-pupil of Clitheroe Royal Grammar School, beat fierce competition from other journalists, aged 26 and under, to scoop the impressive title.
In their citation the judges said: “Dan had put together a powerful portfolio which the judges said would make any national reporter proud.
“His face-to-face interviews with some of Tyneside’s notorious gangsters demonstrated bravery, cunning, legal knowledge, tenacity and great writing skill.”
After the ceremony Dan thanked his editors, Brian Aitken of The Journal and Paul Robertson of the Evening Chronicle, for helping launch his career.
He added: “I achieved this award because Brian took a chance on me and I owe it to him and Paul for what they’ve given me the chance to do.”
Dan, who achieved a First Class Honours Degree in sports development with health science from Northumbria University, continues to visit his parents who live in Cowark.