37-year old Bernard Koku Avle has been adjudged the 2017 PAV Journalist of the Year at a ceremony organised by the Ghana Journalist Association.
After a long night at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra, the Citi FM host of award-winning Citi Breakfast Show was deemed outstanding for his efforts in the year under review.
He leads a pack of 36 journalists awarded out of 548 applications received by the GJA Awards Committee for the 23rd edition of the awards.
Bernard Avle expects to take a cash prize, a three bedroom house, as well as an SUV. Mr. Avle who joined the station as a 23-year old, thanked the owner of Citi FM, Samuel Atta-Mensah, for giving him an opportunity to make his mark.
He also expressed gratitude to veterans such as Abdul Malik Kweku Baako and Dr. Charles Wereko Brobbey who toiled for media pluralism and press freedom in the 90s. He remarked, their ceiling-shattering efforts have made the practice of journalism easy.
The broadcaster also thanks his wife.
Mr. Avle holds a Bachelors of Arts in Economics with distinction and is a Chevening Scholar with an MBA in Marketing from the Warwick Business School.
The ultimate prize has moved from one talk show host to another as Bernard Avle takes over from Peace FM compatriot Kwami Sefa Kayi who won the award for 2016.