BORDER Mail reporter Tammy Mills last night won the best regional news story prize at the Rural Press Club of Victoria annual awards.
Her series of stories forced the removal of the synthetic drug White Bull from sale across Victoria.
Mills has been with the paper since October 2012.
The stories came after ongoing inquiries with police and health authorities into White Bull’s effects, and followed national recognition of the dangers of such drugs after a Sydney boy took a drug mimicking LSD and died.
David Johnston was highly commended in the Journalist of the Year award for his series on Wangaratta Council’s woes, while The Border Mail was a finalist in the media outlet of the year, won by Fairfax Regional Media stablemate, The Ballarat Courier.