Preeja was adjudged the Newsmaker through SMS and online votes conducted among the news channel viewers. The result of the poll was announced last night by actor Mohanlal, who is also the brand ambassador for Kerala Athletics.
Preeja was chosen from among four finalists in the poll.
Jnanpith winner O N V Kurup, writer Arundhati Roy and Kerala Congress leader K M Mani were the other finalists.
Preeja had won gold in 10,000 metre event and silver in the 5,000 metre race in the Asian Games.