SLIGO CHAMPION journalist, Jim Gray, has scooped a major national award at the GSK Irish Medical Media Awards.
He was presented with the prestigious prize for a story he wrote about retired Sligo orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Fintan Shannon, who spends six weeks every year doing voluntary work in Ethiopia.
Commenting on the story which was published in The Sligo Champion earlier this year, the Chairman of the judging panel, John Bowman, described Jim's work as 'exceptional'
Jim won the award in the Regional Print Media category and the citation read: "Exceptional reporting by Jim Gray of the story of a retired orthopaedic surgeon, Fintan Shannon, and how he has spent six weeks every year for the past nine doing voluntary work in Ethiopia."
The award was presented at a special ceremony hosted by sponsors, Glaxo SmithKline, in Dublin last Wednesday.
Jim was unable to attend the ceremony and the award was accepted on his behalf by his twin brother, Leo.
Entries were judged by an independent and distinguished judging panel, chaired by John Bowman, and including eminent healthcare professionals, journalists and representatives from patient and support groups.
RTE news and current affairs also won a number of awards at the event.
The awards were presented by Aidan Lynch, Vice President and General Manager of GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Ireland.
It is the third time that Jim has won a national media award, having scooped two Journalist of the Year awards earlier in his career.