Bruce making the headlines with top award

Bruce Waddell, right, receives his Lifetime Achievement Award from Austin Lafferty at the 37th Scottish Press Awards
Bruce Waddell, right, receives his Lifetime Achievement Award from Austin Lafferty at the 37th Scottish Press Awards

A former Journal and Gazette reporter received a top distinction at the 37th Scottish Press Awards.

Bruce Waddell was honoured by his peers when he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

However, he said at age 57, still with a mortgage and his parents, Ken and Christine, present, he felt too young for such an accolade.

Born in Bangour Hospital, he spent his first eight years in Bo’ness, attending the Public School and Kinneil Primary, before his family moved to Falkirk where he was a pupil at Comely Park and Graeme High School.

By this time his father was editor of The Falkirk Herald and Bruce followed in his footsteps with a ten-year career with Johnston Press, working for several titles, including The Falkirk Herald, Livingston Post, Cumbernauld News and finally as the chief reporter at the Linlithgow Journal and Gazette.

In 1987 he joined the launch team at the Sun in Scotland and after a variety of roles became editor in 1998, immediately changing the name to the Scottish Sun. He left five years later to become editor of the Daily Record.

Leaving newspapers in 2012, he entered PR but a year later was asked by former Prime Minister Gordon Brown to head up communications for him and his wife Sarah. He now supports their global education projects with the UN and children’s charity Theirworld.

Bruce, whose brother Gordon (47) is chief sports feature writer with the Sunday Mail, is married to Catherine and the couple have one son, Dan (20).