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Sky journalist Blevins dedicates award to Lyra

David Blevins with Matthew Kwasiborski (left) and Paul Glader (right) from the European Journalism Institute in Prague
David Blevins with Matthew Kwasiborski (left) and Paul Glader (right) from the European Journalism Institute in Prague
Leona O'Neill

By Leona O'Neill

Northern Ireland-born Sky News correspondent David Blevins has been awarded the European Journalism Institute's Freedom of the Press Award for 2019.

He dedicated the honour to slain Belfast journalist Lyra McKee.

The award, which Blevins received on Saturday at Charles University in the Czech Republic, marks his 30th year in journalism.

He said: "When I started reporting for the Banbridge Chronicle and Portadown Times in 1989, I could never have imagined receiving an award from the European Journalism Institute in Prague.

"It has been such a privilege to witness so much of our recent history first-hand and to have the opportunity to share the journey from conflict to peace with Sky's international audience. Eamonn Holmes used to say to me: 'It beats working for a living!'"

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