When people tell him Singaporeans are boring, Straits Times senior writer Wong Kim Hoh (above) is quick to point out that they are wrong.
"That's really not the case," said the 54-year-old. "If you sit down with them and show you are genuinely interested, you will find that they are as interesting as people anywhere else in the world."
In November, he launched a book drawing together the stories of people he had interviewed in his Wong Kim Hoh Meets and It Changed My Life series for The Sunday Times.
They helped him win the coveted Journalist of the Year prize at yesterday's awards ceremony.
He spends three to four hours on each interview, and a day or so putting everything together.
Many of those featured have written to tell him how his stories have, indeed, changed their lives.
"When you show them you're truly interested, and you're not judgmental, people open up to you."
Read more stories from the It Changed My Life series here.