Claudia Gardner, Assignment Coordinator
News editor at The Gleaner's Western Bureau, Adrian Frater, has been presented with the Sam Sharpe Award for outstanding service in the field of journalism.
Frater was among seven persons lauded as having demonstrated extraordinary achievements in their various fields of endeavour and presented with awards for their contribution to nation building during the St James Parish Council's National Heroes Civic Ceremony in Montego Bay yesterday.
The other awardees were Madeline Abel-Lawrence, Elez Green, Angela McIntosh, Inspector Ralph Medley, Kenroy Russell, and Methelina Scarlett Jones.
"Journalism is my life's work, and to be recognised for something you enjoy doing must be pleasing. I take great pride in the fact that my work is being recognised in this way, and I am just happy," Frater told The Gleaner following the ceremony.
30 YEARS IN MEDIA
"I have been in media for almost 30 years. I started out around 1983 doing some freelance work for the Western Mirror and it has been like that all the way through, until I joined The Gleaner 16 years ago as an official member of staff," he said.
"This is the love of my life. I found that this is something I enjoy doing, and the love continued throughout the years. This is something I love to do, and continue to do."
A past student of the William Knibb Memorial High School in Trelawny, Frater's work in media began while he was a student at the Mico Teachers' College (now The Mico University College) in the late 1970s, where he served as a writer for the institution's weekly magazine.
He ended his teaching career as a mathematics and physical education teacher at the then Montego Bay Secondary School (now St James High School) 16 years ago to join The Gleaner as a full-time journalist.