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Previous winners of the Paul Foot Award are:

2012
Andrew Norfolk of The Times for his two-year investigation into the targeting, grooming and sexual exploitation of teenage girls by gangs of men. Rob Waugh of the Yorkshire Post was the runner-up for his series of investigations into mis-spending by senior officers of Cleveland Police and abuse of power by ACPO and CPOSA. The judges also decided to appoint a Special Campaign Award to the Daily Mail’s Stephen Wright for 15 years of reporting on the Stephen Lawrence murder investigation.

2011
Nick Davies for his selection of key stories in The Guardian from a long-running and painstaking investigation into phone-hacking at the News of the World. Jonathan Calvert and Claire Newell were runners-up for their series of articles in the Sunday Times exposing corruption in the contests to host the World Cup Finals.

2010
Clare Sambrook for her investigating, reporting and campaigning against the government policy of locking up asylum-seeking families in conditions known to harm their mental health, and scrutinising the commercial contractors who run the detention centres for profit. A special Lifetime Campaign Award was also won by Eamonn McCann.

2009
Ian Cobain of The Guardian for his long-running investigation into Britain's involvement in the torture of terror suspects detained overseas.

2008
Camilla Cavendish of The Times for her investigation into the many injustices which have resulted from the Children Act 1989 and the professional cultures that have grown up around child "protection"; jointly with Richard Brooks of Private Eye for his investigation in to the mismanagement and financial irregularities surrounding the sale of the UK government's international development business, Actis.

2007
David Leigh and Rob Evans of the Guardian for their investigation into the issue of bribery in the British arms trade and Deborah Wain of the Doncaster Free Press for her exposé of corruption in the Doncaster Education City project.

2006
David Willcocks of the Sunday Telegraph for his investigation into sex trafficking in Eastern Europe.

2005
John Sweeney of the Daily Mail for his investigation into "Shaken Baby Syndrome" which led to the wrongly imprisoned mothers Sally Clark, Angela Cannings and Donna Anthony being freed and resulted in the exposure of the prosecution's chief witness, the eminent paediatrician Sir Roy Meadow.

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