Bernard Koku Avle, a Broadcast Journalist with a passion for telling the African story has been adjudged as the Ghana Journalist of the Year 2017. Bernard Avle hosts one of the popular radio shows in Ghana, "The Citi Breakfast Show," on Accra based Citi FM.
He is also the Director of News Programming at Citi FM.
The 37-year old was presented with the 2017 PAV Journalist of the Year award at a ceremony organised by the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) at Kempinski Hotel in Accra on Saturday night. He takes over from Peace FM's Kwami Sefa Kayi who won the award for the Year 2016. This year’s awards event was on the theme: “State of Investigative journalism: Boundaries of privacy and borders of the public interest.” As a talk show host, Bernard Avle is one of the faces of a new kind of broadcaster who combines a strong grasp of social, economic and political issues, with a lively and fun presenting style. His background in Economics from the University of Ghana and an MBA from the Warwick University provides a context that strengthens his grasp of the business and economic issues, while his role as Director of News Programming at Citi FM, provides an important reference point as a manager and team leader, directly overseeing the work of over 30 broadcast and online journalists. Bernard is an ALIWA Fellow, an Edward R Murrow Fellow of Journalism and a Chevening Scholar. His ALIWA project, iJourno Africa involves unearthing and training African journalists in using data journalism tools to effectively tell African stories. 2017 GJA Award Winners Journalist of the Year 2017 - Bernard Koku Avle (Citi FM) Most Promising Journalist of the Year - Alice Aryitey (GhOne TV) News Reporting (Print) - Severious Kale-Dery (Daily Graphic) Best Sports Reporter (TV) - Saddick Adams (Atinka TV) Features (Radio) - Seth Kwame Boateng (Joy FM) Features (TV) - Peggy Ama Donkor (GTV) Investigative Reporting - Stanley Nii Blewu (TV3) Maritime - Grace Nana Esi Boateng (Oman FM) Education - Peter Quao Adator (TV3) News Reporting (Electronic) - Peter Quao Adator (TV3) Domestic Tourism (Print) - Charles Andoh (The Mirror) Features (Print) - Rebecca Quaicoe-Duho (Daily Graphic) Environment (Electronic) - Portia Gabor (TV3) Human Rights (Print) - Samuel Adadi Akapule (Ghanaian Times) Sports Journalist (Radio) - Dan Kwaku Yeboah (Peace FM) Best Newspaper - Daily Graphic Best Radio Station - Peace FM Human Rights (Child Protection - TV) - Ernest Manu (Joy Mews) Human Rights (Child Protection- Radio) - Rebecca Ekpe (GBC Radio) Best TV station - UTV Best Layout & Designed Newspaper - Daily Graphic Agriculture (Print) - Ama Amankwaah Baafi (Graphic Business) Best Photojournalist - David Andoh (Myjoyonline) Best Health Report (Radio) - Nana Yaa Konadu (Peace FM) Best Health Report (Print) - Doreen Hammond (Daily Graphic) Domestic Tourism (TV) - UTV Oil and Gas - Moses Dotse Aklorbortu (Daily Graphic) Best Digital Journalism - GNA Small and Medium Enterprises - Christian Akorli (GNA) Business Finance and Economic Reporting - Suleiman Mustapha (Daily Graphic) Best Morning Show (Radio) - Citi FM Breakfast Show Best Morning Show (TV) - Good Morning Ghana (Metro TV) Best Report in Health (TV) - Seth Kwame Boateng (Joy News) Best Rural (Electronic) - Joojo Cobinnah (Joy News) Best Rural Reporting (Print) - David Kodjo-Asinesi Mining (Print) - Gabriel Ahiabor (Daily Graphic) Mining (Electronic) - Kwasi Anum Sanitation and Hygiene - Caesar Abagali (GNA) Best WASH - Justice Adoboe (Xinhua News Agency) Best Programme (TV - Akan) - Di Asa (Atinka TV) Best Development Journalism - Timothy Ngnenbe (Daily Graphic) Best in Disability Reporting (Electronic) - Alice Aryitey (GhOne TV) Best Development Journalism (Electronic) - Ridwan Karim Dini-Osman (GhOne) Best HIV AIDS Reporter - Linda Tenya Ayettey (Daily Guide) Best Transport and Road Safety - Severious Kale-Dery and Seth J. Bokpe (Daily Graphic) Environment (Print) - Seth J. Bokpe (Daily Graphic) Agriculture (Electronic) - Joseph Opoku Gakpo (Joy News) Best Female Journalist - Jamila Akweley Okertchiri (Daily Guide) Best Cartoonist - Akosua (Daily Guide) Democracy and Peace Building - UTV Best Crime and Court Reporting- Joyce Danso (GNA) Disability (Print) - Emmanuel Adu-Gyamerah (Daily Graphic) Anti-Galamsey - Kojo Agyemang, Latif Iddrisu, Godwin Arthur, Stephen Kwaku Fosu, Timothy Ngnenbe, Joyce Gyekye Media houses Apart from the journalists, some media houses were also awarded for showing excellence in their service delivery. They are the GCGL, Metro TV, GTV, Citi FM, Hello FM, Obonu, GNA, Moonlight FM and Kekeli Radio. The rest are Zaa FM, Radio Wa and the West End Radio. Best Rural Radio Station Ashanti- Hello FM Greater Accra - Obonu Brong Ahafo - Moonlight Radio Eastern - Agoo FM Western - West End Radio Central - Radio Central Upper West - Radio Wa Northern - Zaa FM Volta - Kekeli Upper East - Graphic tops 2017 GJA Awards with 14 honours The awardees from the Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL) are Ms Rebecca Quaicoe Duho, Ms Ama Amankwaah Baafi, Mr Moses Dotse Aklorbortu, Mr Emmanuel Adu Gyamerah, Mr Timothy Ngnenbe, Mr Seth J. Bokpe and Mr Suleiman Mustapha. The rest are Mr Charles Andoh, Mr Severious Kale-Dery, MrGabriel Ahiabor and Ms Doreen Hammond. 36 journalists This year, 36 journalists out of 548 applications received by the Awards Committee were presented with awards in the various categories.. Honorary awards The GJA also conferred honorary awards on some personalities who have contributed immensely to the growth of the media industry. They are Mrs Barbara Gaisie, A.C. Ohene, Madam Faustina Nelson, Dr Osei Kwame Despite, Dr Ernest Ofori Sarpong, DrSamuel Amo Tobbin, Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, Mr Kwasi Twum and Commissioner of Police (COP), Dr George A. Dampare.