Telegraph Money journalists have scooped six titles – more than any other publication – at the prestigious Headlinemoney awards, known as the “Oscars of financial journalism”.
Katie Morley won three awards, including consumer champion of the year, consumer money journalist of the year and overall best journalist. In her first year in the role Katie returned more than £2m to readers wronged by financial companies.
The judges said: “Katie gets to the bottom of complex cases and, whether it is a fraudulent partner or a hot-potato passing bunch of insurers, she gets to the truth and drives results.”
Another said that, as well as “changing readers’ lives through her tireless work”, she also gave “hints and tips to undo wrongs”.
Senior reporter Adam Williams was named best consumer investment journalist and best mortgage journalist. Adam stood out for his investigations into the booming but high-risk “peer to peer” lending sector and the failure of the City watchdog to shield investors from unscrupulous firms.
His work to expose the dangers of the rapidly expanding equity release industry, where elderly homeowners withdraw cash from the value of their property, also set him apart.
Judges praised his “investigative rigour” and “relentless pursuit of the cause to hold to account those responsible for protecting consumers”.
Finally, former Telegraph Money reporter Sam Barker, now deputy editor of the magazine Moneywise, was named best insurance journalist for his work in these pages. Judges were particularly impressed by his exposé of price comparison websites.