Ilford Recorder reporter Ellena Cruse scoops ‘Young Journalist of the Year’ at national award ceremony

PUBLISHED: 12:00 25 October 2018 | UPDATED: 12:02 25 October 2018

Ilford Recorder reporter Ellena Cruse scooped the Young Journalist of the Year prize at the GG2 Leadership Awards last night, October 24.

Ilford Recorder reporter Ellena Cruse scooped the Young Journalist of the Year prize at the GG2 Leadership Awards last night, October 24.


Our very own reporter Ellena Cruse has been crowned Young Journalist of the Year at a national ceremony celebrating the nation’s top black, Asian and ethnic minority talent.

Ellena scooped the coveted prize at the GG2 Leadership Awards 2018 last night, October 24.

The awards - held in central London – brought more than 700 guests together, including senior politicians, influential business leaders, and celebrities from the arts, film, TV and sport.

She was joined by the likes of home secretary Sajid Javid and the Met Police’s counter terrorism chief Neil Basu

Taking to Twitter, Ellena said: “[I] can’t actually believe it but [I am] so honoured to be #GG2Awards young journalist of the year 2018.

“Thank you @GG2Diversity for a lovely evening, it was amazing to meet and hear about so many inspiring people.”

We hope to get the full scoop on how it went when she returns from a well-deserved holiday.

The awards aim to “celebrate and recognise Britain’s most enterprising and talented black, Asian and minority ethnic high achievers”.

Ellena was selected for her campaigning journalism and belief in the power of words to promote good.

Among the night’s other winners was Mr Javid, who took home the ceremony’s “most coveted” Hammer Award, given to the country’s most influential Asian, award to Mayor of London Sadiq Khan last year.

Labour MP for Tottenham David Lammy also took home the Editors Award for his “tireless” campaigning for the “underprivileged and socially powerless”.

The journalism award was sponsored by the Daily Mail and the 10-strong judging panel included the Dawn Butler MP, shadow secretary of state for women; Eastern Eye columnist Amit Roy and brothers Kalpesh and Shailesh Solanki from the Asian Media Group.

“This win is fully deserved and, speaking on behalf on my team, we are extremely proud of Ellena,” said the Recorder’s editor Lindsay Jones.

“From uncovering that London Bridge terrorist Butt was allowed to teach at an Ilford primary school to sharing the harrowing experiences of sex workers in Ilford Lane - her achievements at the paper are numerous.

“She has a bright career ahead of her.”

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