Kris Jepson, a former postgraduate journalism broadcast student was shortlisted for a Royal Television Society Award for his investigative reporting on Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Kris said his nomination as Young Journalist of the Year was: "A great honour and rather unexpected. It's been seven years of hard work and persistence, as well as the odd bit of luck."
Kris produced a string of exclusives for Channel 4 News to earn the nomination. They comprised a report about delays in evacuating badly injured soldiers from the front line and investigations into possible allied war crimes. One report featured claims that US marines had tried to cover-up the massacre of Afghan civilians while another obtained cockpit footage of US pilots shooting at Iraqi civilians and surrendering combatants. He also worked on investigations into the US drone war in Pakistan.
"Channel 4 News has given me a platform to impress and has encouraged me all the way, making it easy to pitch stories and actually get them on the box," he said.
Former tutor Debbie Robinson said: "Everyone who taught Kris at UCLan is delighted. His commitment to original, investigative reporting is admirable. As a student he showed exceptional ability to find a great story. He was at the scene of the Chinese cocklepickers tragedy in Morecambe Bay before the professional broadcasters arrived and material he filmed was used by the network."