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InDaily senior journalist Tom Richardson has been named South Australia’s best columnist at the 2017 SA Press Club awards.

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Richardson’s award was for two pieces of sharp political analysis – A new game, Jay Weatherill’s rules and The sad truth – Labor doesn’t know how to govern –  as well as his “Touch of the Fumbles” AFL column, about the travails of a Crows supporter. The “Fumbles” column that attracted the judges can be read here.

The big winners in Friday night’s ceremony were the ABC’s Angelique Donnellan and Nicola Gage, whose work uncovering the scandal at the Oakden aged care facility was recognised for best investigative coverage, scoop of the year and best news report in ‘print’ (both jointly with News Corp’s Brad Crouch for his exclusive story on stroke deaths at the RAH), and the “Gold award” – the club’s highest honour.

Donnellan also won the “best broadcaster” category.

The Lifetime Achievement Award went to veteran sportscaster Bruce McAvaney.

InDaily editor David Washington said he was thrilled with Richardson’s award.

“Tom is one of the most experienced political journalists in South Australia and his fearless and clear-eyed analysis of state politics is always worth reading,” he said.

“His ‘Fumbles’ footy column has become a favourite among InDaily readers during the AFL season – even a few Port fans.”

For the full list of winners, go here.

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