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Ilford Recorder reporter honoured at national awards

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Archant’s 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 month.

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.

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.’

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.

The journalism award was sponsored by the Daily Mail and the 10-strong judging panel included 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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