Honours for Independent writers


Jeremy Laurance, Health Editor of The Independent, and columnist Deborah Ross both won major prizes at the Press Awards last night.

Laurance won Specialist Reporter of the Year for his "brilliant and original" work in 2011, which included his revelation of soaring infant mortality rates at NHS trusts.

Collecting his award on stage Laurance thanked The Independent's managing editor Sean O'Grady for "threatening to break my legs if I didn't enter". Ross was awarded Interviewer of the Year in the broadsheet category, following a year in which her subjects included X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos and socialite Tamara Ecclestone.Ross said she was "really, really, really chuffed".