ASJA Writing Awards Recipients

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2012 Writing Awards

Outstanding Book Awards

General Nonfiction

WINNER: Running Away to Home by Jennifer Wilson (St. Martin's Press)

Honorable Mention: Blood Work by Holly Tucker (W.W. Norton & Company)

Honorable Mention: Better by Mistake by Alina Tugend (Riverhead Hardcover)

Service/Self Help

WINNER: Naked at Our Age by Joan Price (Seal Press)

Honorable Mention: Built on Values by Nancy Shepherdson (and Ann Rhoades) (Jossey-Bass)

Honorable Mention: Having Children After Cancer by Gina Shaw (Celestial Arts)


WINNER: The Kitchen Counter Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn (Viking)

Honorable Mention: Far Away from the Tigers by Jane Katch (University of Chicago Press)

Honorable Mention: Not Dead Yet by John Hanc (and Phil Southerland) (Thomas Dunne Books)

Children's/Young Adult

Honorable Mention: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony by Penny Colman (Henry Holt and Company)

Honorable Mention: Charles Dickens and the Street Children of London by Andrea Warren (Houghton Mifflin)

Outstanding Article Awards

June Roth Award for Medical Journalism -- Article

WINNER: "Who's Spiking Your Supplements?" by Laura Beil (Men's Health)

Honorable Mention: "The Hidden Dangers of Outsourcing Radiology" by Katherine Eban (Self)

Arlene Eisenberg Award Honoring Articles that Make a Difference

WINNER: "Fighting Back" by Lisa Armstrong (Essence)

First Person Narrative:

WINNER: "Big Love" by Lise Funderburg (MORE)

Honorable Mention: "Coming Full Circle" by Marian Sandmaier (Psychotherapy Networker)

Honorable Mention: "Me vs. My Stalker" by Julie Weingarden Dubin (Marie Claire)

Personal Essay

WINNER: "Once, a Husband" by Diane Daniel (New York Times)

Honorable Mention: "Sometimes, It's Not You" by Sara Eckel (New York Times)

Honorable Mention: "The Tumor Tour" by Amy Paturel (The Valley Advocate)

Honorable Mention: "My Best Friend Stole My Brother" by Susan Shapiro (Marie Claire)

Reporting on a Significant Topic

WINNER: "Crisis in the Caves" by Michelle Nijhuis (Smithsonian)

Honorable Mention: "The Gloucester Fish War" by Brendan Borrell (Bloomberg Business Week)


WINNER: "The Chameleon" by John Moir (The Washington Post)


WINNER: "Farm Direct" by Steven Biggs (Country Guide)

Honorable Mention: "Memory Analysis with DumpIt and Volatility" by Russ McRee (ISSA Journal)

Honorable Mention: "Animation Evolution" by Barbara Robertson (Computer Graphics World)


WINNER: "Steering Clear of Disaster" by Ken Miller (Prevention)

WINNER: "Help Your Son Succeed in School" by Jennifer L.W. Fink (Parents)

Honorable Mention: "Testing the Limits" by Richard Laliberte (Family Circle)

Honorable Mention: "At a Hotel on Business? Be On Alert, Too" by Michael Luongo (New York Times)

Lifestyle Narrative

WINNER: "The Great Pumpkin" by Brendan Borrell (Smithsonian)

Honorable Mention: "Antarctica" by Margie Goldsmith (Business Jet Traveler)

Honorable Mention: "Riding the Rails" by Crai S. Bower (Journey)

Business/Technology Article

WINNER: "The Antisocial Network" by Caren Chesler (Popular Mechanics)


Ms. Loebl joined ASJA in 1975 on the strength of two young adult books, (Fighting the Unseen, The Story of Viruses and Exploring the Mind, the Story of Mental Health.) Suzanne has now written 14 books. Her latest, just published to glowing reviews, is America's Medicis, The Rockefellers and Their Astonishing Cultural Legacy (Harper Collins). The book has resulted in speaking invitations for Suzanne around the country. Most important, Suzanne understands the basic writer's lesson of turning one's one experiences into prose. She is a survivor of the Holocaust. She wrote a book about it. She lost her beloved son David early to the AIDS epidemic. She wrote a book about it. Her mother-in-law died of a fatal drug interaction prescribed by a physician. She spent five years writing the first edition of The Nurses Drug Handbook, to teach nurses about drugs. She organized the book like a pharmacological test, yet managed to maintain a quick reference system. This enormous work (1,000 plus pages) was an instant and huge success. Its seven editions have sold more than 350,000 copies. It's still going.


Throughout 25 years of ASJA membership, Ms. Collier Cool has handled increasingly important jobs with distinctive energy and creativity, deploying her professional skills to enrich the Society. As chair of the Program Committee for five years, she brought us lively and relevant panels. A longtime member of the Conference Committee, she served as moderator and panelist and ran a Sunday seminar on query letters. Later on, she helped start the Story Leads Committee, which sent a monthly e-mail about ASJA members' projects to 7000 media sources. She has lent her knowledge of ASJA and the publishing business to both the Nominating and the Awards Committees.

As President of ASJA, she worked with Howard Eisenberg to set up the Arlene Awards and encouraged Society-wide support of the Writers Emergency Assistance Fund (WEAF), to which she donated the stipend from her own June Roth Award.

In her capacity as Vice-President, President and immediate past president, she served on the Board of Directors for ten years. After her presidential term was up, she moved over to chair WEAF, bringing imagination and effectiveness to bear on ASJA's charitable enterprise. When Lisa's fundraising skills were applied in good economic times, donations increased so dramatically that the WEAF could raise its grants to a maximum of $6000, and she vastly increased the Fund's bank balance. Now that she's stepped down from the chairmanship, she continues to serve as a Trustee. In fact, when and if Lisa sleeps is a mystery to us all.

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2011 Writing Awards

Outstanding Book Awards

General Nonfiction

Winner:Murder in the High Himalaya (Public Affairs)
Jonathan Green

Honorable Mentions

The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick's Dogs and their Tale of Rescue and Redemption (Gotham)
Jim Gorant

The Tin Ticket: The Heroic Journey of Australia's Convict Women (Berkley Books)
Deborah J. Swiss


Winner: Crossing the Heart of Africa (Harper Perennial)
Julian Smith


Winner: Green Sense (The Taunton Press)
Kevin Daum

Honorable mentions

A Baby at Last (Simon & Schuster)
Mark Fuerst

The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing (Writers Digest Books)
Marilyn Ross


Winner: My Orange Duffel Bag (Operation Orange Media)
Echo Garrett

Outstanding Article Awards


Winner: "Take us to the River" (Fast Company)
Michael Fitzgerald

Honorable Mentions

"Zinc Fingers: Entry Fee" (Proto)
Rachael Moeller Gorman

"How to Save the Grasslands" (
Judith Schwartz

First-person (personal experience or dramatic narrative)

Winner: "My Mother's Brain" (D Magazine)
Beatriz Terrazas

Honorable mention

"Do it Yourself Genetics" (Duke Magazine)
Barry Yeoman


Winner: "A Strange and not Unpleasant Experience" (Bicycling Magazine)
Florence Williams

Honorable mention

"Timeless Sardines" (Leite's Culinaria)
Mary Ann Castronovo Fusco

Personal essay/opinion/op-ed

Winner: "Taking Grief Step by Step" (Whole Living)
Judi Ketteler

Honorable mention

"Hometown Exile" (Texas Observer)
Beatriz Terrazas


Winner: "How Mya Saved Jacob" (Spirit Magazine)
Kate Silver

Honorable Mentions

"Little Bill Clinton: Easing into a Comfort Zone" (The Christian Science Monitor)
Mary Wiltenburg

"Looking for a Greener Way of Death" (
Rachel Dickinson

Reporting on a significant topic

"Where Are We Headed? New Energy: climate change and sustainability shape a new era" (The Christian Science Monitor)
Douglas Fox

"The African Divide" (The Christian Science Monitor)
Jina Moore

Honorable mention

"Confronting Rape as a War Crime" (Congressional Quarterly Press Global Researcher)
Jina Moore

Service Article

Winner: "Understanding Depression at Mid-Life" (Woman's Day)
Cheryl Platzman Weinstock

Honorable Mentions

"Your Brain on Meditation" (Yoga Journal)
Kelly McGonigal

"Between the Lines" (Better Homes and Gardens)
Leslie Pepper


"Mindfulness and Weight loss" (IDEA Fitness Journal)
Kelly McGonigal

"When IT is Asked to Spy" (Computerworld)
Tam Harbert

The Arlene Eisenberg Award for Writing That Makes A Difference

Winner: "School of Hard Knocks" (Good Housekeeping)
Barry Yeoman

Honorable Mention

"Finding Ann Marie" (Bethesda Magazine)
Christine Koubek

June Roth Memorial Award for Medical Journalism

Winner: "Hot Zone -- A Warming Planet's Rising Tide of Disaster" (Discover Magazine)
Linda Marsa

Donald Robinson Memorial Award for Investigative Journalism

No winners.

Honorable Mentions

"Risky Play: NYC's Fake Grass Gamble" (City Limits)
Patrick Arden

"A Return to Baghdad"(Gay City News)
Michael Luongo

ASJA Founders' Award for Career Achievement
Grace W. Weinstein

Grace Weinstein has written for many years about diverse financial issues within her area of expertise, a specialty that she says, she didn't choose so much as it "chose her." Grace's writing has educated readers about many aspects of a topic that many people find challenging and has helped to make a significant difference in people's lives.

Grace was the first freelance writer elected to a three-year term on the Consumer Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Board, through which she helped to make regulations affecting consumer credit. She has also served as a member of the Board of Governors of the New York Financial Writers Association and of the Copyright Clearance Center.

Since joining ASJA in the 1970s (when it was the Society of Magazine Writers), Grace has held many posts within the Society, including serving as its first two-term president. Grace is also the treasurer of the Writers Emergency Assistance Fund (WEAF) and a member of its board, where she has worked tirelessly to help needy professional writers get back on their feet after illness, disability, infirmity or an extraordinary professional crisis left them facing financial hardship.

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2010 Writing Awards

Outstanding Book Awards

General Nonfiction

June Roth Award for Medical Journalism

Winner: "What's Wrong with Cancer Tests?" by Shannon Brownlees (Reader's Digest) Article PDF

Honorable Mention: "Going After Las Vegas' Medical Mafia" by Katherine Eban (Fortune) Article PDF

Donald Robinson Memorial Award for Investigative Journalism

Winner: "Bad Bargain" by Katherine Eban (Self) Article PDF

Honorable Mention: "A Wing and a Prayer" by Linda Marsa (Discover) Article PDF

Arlene Award - Articles that Make a Difference

Honorable Mention: "When the Fine Print Applies to You" by Abby Ellin (New York Times) Article PDF

Honorable Mention: "In Africa, Justice for 'Bush Wives'" by Jina Moore (Christian Science Monitor) Article PDF Article on CS Monitor

First Person Narrative

Winner: "Township 13 South, Range 92 West, Section 35" by Michelle Nijhuis (High Country News) Article PDF

Honorable Mention: "No Small Mercy" by Jina Moore (The Walrus) Article PDF

Personal Essay

Winner: "Iowa Black Dirt" by Perry Glasser (Good Men Foundation Project) Article PDF

Honorable Mention: "The Other Love of His Life" by Amy Paturel (Newsweek) Article PDF

Honorable Mention: "The Childhood She Couldn't Remember" by Beatriz Terrazas (More) Article PDF

Reporting on a Significant Topic

Winner: "Shots in the Dark" by Shannon Brownlee and Jeanne Lenzer (The Atlantic Monthly) Article PDF

Honorable Mention: "Cook Vs. Peary" by Bruce Henderson (Smithsonian) Article PDF


Winner: "Lost in Migration" by Mary Wiltenburg (Christian Science Monitor) Article PDF

Honorable Mention: "Elegy to a Scholar" by Todd Pitock (Midstream) Article PDF

Honorable Mention: "Man with a Mallet" by Steven Beschloss (American Way) Article PDF


Winner: "What's Old is New Again (Benjamin Button)" by Barbara Robertson (Computer Graphics World) Article PDF

Honorable Mention: "How Facebook and Twitter are Changing Data Privacy" by Michael Fitzgerald (CIO) Article PDF


Winner: "Is Your Doctor Out of Date?" by Meryl Davids (Reader's Digest) Article PDF

Honorable Mention: For Goodness' Sake" by Kim Pittaway (More) Article PDF

Honorable Mention: "Thirteen Symptoms You Should Never Ignore" by Cheryl Platzman Weinstock (Glamour) Article PDF

Lifestyle Narratives

Winner: "No Price. No Menu. No Waste." by Jennifer Margulis (More) Article PDF

Honorable Mention: "An Old World Finds a New Path" by Todd Pitock (Afar) Article PDF

Business/Technology Article

Winner: "Born Again" by Timothy Gower (Proto) Article PDF

Honorable Mention: "How Innovations from Developing Countries Trickle Up" by Michael Fitzgerald (Fast Company) Article PDF

Arlene: Books that Make A Difference

Winner: If I am Missing or Dead by Janine Latus (Simon & Schuster)

Winner: Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption by Erin Torneo (St. Martin's Press)

Honorable Mention: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Green Living by Trish Riley (Alpha/Penguin Books)

Service/Self Help

Winner: You'd Be So Pretty If. . . by Dara Chadwick (De Capo Press)

General Nonfiction Book

Winner: Under Siege! Three Children at the Civil War Battle for Vicksburg by Andrea Warren (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

Honorable Mention: American Idle: A Journey Through Our Sedentary Culture by Mary Collins (Capital Books, Inc.)

Honorable Mention: The Alzheimer's Project: Momentum in Science by Susan Golant (Public Affairs)


Winner: My River Chronicles: Rediscovering America on the Hudson by Jessica DuLong (Free Press/Simon & Schuster)

Honorable Mention: The Coolest Race on Earth by John Hanc (Chicago Review Press)

Founders' Award for Career Achievement

Winner: Sally Wendkos Olds

The ASJA Founders' Award for Career Achievement is presented to Sally Wendkos Olds, who has written extensively about intimate relationships, personal growth and developmental issues throughout the life cycle, and has won national awards for both her book and magazine writing. In addition to her newest book, Super Granny: Great Stuff to Do with Your Grandkids, she is the author or coauthor of seven other books for general readers, three college textbooks, and more than 200 articles in major national magazines.

Olds's first book, The Complete Book of Breastfeeding, first published in 1972 and now in press for its fourth edition (Workman Publishing, July 2010), has become a classic. She is also the coauthor of three college textbooks, on psychology and child and adult development, which have gone into more than 20 editions and have been translated into several languages.

She is a former president of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and has also served the Society in many other capacities - as Program Chair, Conference Co-chair, and chair of various ASJA committees. She is currently a member of the First Amendment Committee,

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2009 Writing Awards

ASJA Outstanding Book Awards

General Nonfiction

Winner: Kimberly Lisagor

and Heather Hansen — Disappearing Destinations (Vintage, 2008)

Honorable Mention:

John Rosengren

Hammerin' Hank, George Almighty & The Say Hey Kid (Sourcebooks, 2008)

Honorable Mention: Russell Leigh Sharman and

Cheryl Harris Sharman

Nightshift NYC (Univ. of California, 2008)

Service/Self Help

Winner: Kathy Seal

and Wendy Grolnick — Pressured Parents, Stressed Out Kids (Prometheus, 2008)

Honorable Mention: P. Murali Doraiswamy, Lisa Gwyther, and

Tina Adler

Alzheimer's Action Plan (St. Martin's Press, 2008)

ASJA Outstanding Article Awards

First Person, Essay, or Personal Experience

Winner: Margie Goldsmith

"In a Way, He Took Our Lives, Too",, January 28, 2008

Honorable Mention:

Kristin Ohlson

"Watching TV in Kabul", New York Times Magazine, July 20, 2008)


Winner: Shari Caudron

"Uncorked" 5280, Denver's Magazine, June, 2008

Honorable Mention:

Todd Pitock

— "The Toughest Adventurer?" Discovery Channel Magazine, April/May 2008

Honorable Mention:

Andrea Cooper

"Am I Nothing But What I Remember?", Neurology Now, July/August 2008


Winner: Florence Williams

"Is it Safe to Heat Food in Plastic?", Good Housekeeping, November 2008

Reporting on a Significant Topic


Siri Carpenter

"Buried Prejudice", Scientific American Mind, April/May 2008

Honorable Mention:

Florence Williams

"The Runner's Footprint" Runner's World, November 2008

Honorable Mention:

Michelle Nijhuis

"The Doubt Makers", Miller-McCune, June-July 2008



JoAnn Greco

"La Vida Local", Planning, March 2008

Honorable Mention:

Michele Meyer

— "When Old Meets New" IIDA Perspective, Fall 2008

Honorable Mention:

John Rosengren

— "Lakers vs.. Globetrotters—1948" Mlps. St. Paul, March 2008


Winner: Michael Fitzgerald

"Clawing Back", Boston Globe Magazine, December 14, 2008

Honorable Mention:

Michael Fitzgerald

"Hotbed", Fast Company, April 2008

Honorable Mention:

Michele Meyer

"The Secret Power of Tweens", USA Weekend Magazine, August 8, 2008

June Roth Memorial Award for Medical Journalism


Linda Marsa

"Acid Test", Discover, June 2008

Honorable Mention:

Douglas Fox

- "The Private Life of the Brain" New Scientist, November 8, 2008

Honorable Mention:

Katherine Eban

"Your Hospital's Deadly Secret", Portfolio, March 2008

ASJA Founders' Award for Career Achievement

Robin Marantz Henig

A book or article by Robin Marantz Henig repeatedly delivers more than the reader expects. While her official specialty is science and medicine, Robin always supplies a context, weaving in the cultural history and exploring the social implications of a particular development. She writes narrative journalism in a direct, intimate voice often flavored with humor. When necessary, she becomes a participant observer in the story, but it is never about Robin. Her work is as much anthropology as science writing.

For example, Pandora's Baby, winner of ASJA's 2005 Outstanding Book Award and NASW's Science in Society Award, chronicles how in vitro fertilization, thought in 1973 "to threaten the very fabric of civilization," became "a procedure so routine that it's covered by most medical insurance," a cultural transformation that took barely a decade. To set and enrich her story of ambitious doctors and desperate parents, she draws on ancient myths (Pandora and Prometheus) and nineteenth-century icons (Frankenstein), and relates this development to the emergence of feminism.

Her previous book, The Monk in the Garden: The Lost and Found Genius of Gregor Mendel, pieces together the appealing human story of the pioneer geneticist to illustrate how scientific reputations rise and fall. Kirkus Reviews called it "a fascinating picture as well of a scientific age when luck and personalities - and not just brains - determined success."

Indeed, there is hardly a provocative development that Robin hasn't tackled in a 29-year career that embraces eight books and hundreds of articles. In 1993 her ASJA-Award-winning book, A Dancing Matrix covered the timely subject of "How Science Confronts Emerging Viruses." Most recently, she has written cover stories for The New York Times Magazine on detecting liars (how ordinary people do it and how scientists are trying to do it better); "Will We Ever Arrive At The Good Death?" which illustrates in graphic detail "a medical system for the dying that is as ambivalent about dying as we are ourselves" (a harrowing piece to research and write); and on a project to diagnose mysterious diseases which illustrates both the diagnostic process and what Henig calls "the balkanization of medicine." She has also written extensively about aging and about genetic subjects.

All this has earned considerable respect from her peers. Robin has won numerous awards and fellowships. Besides many from ASJA and the one from NASW, she's won the Best Book Prize from the History of Science Society, and has been represented in Best American Science Writing. Pandora's Baby was one of Library Journal's "30 Best Books of the Year." She has received fellowships from the Alicia Patterson Foundation, the Knight Foundation for Science Writing, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Marine Biological laboratory. Robin has lectured widely: Columbia University School of Journalism, New York University, Boston University Knight Center for Science Journalism, the 92nd Street Y, Santa Fe Science Writing Workshop, the University of Miami, Villanova, Johns Hopkins, the Smithsonian Institution, University of Wisconsin, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, George Washington University, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

In all, the quality of her work, and the quantity of quality work she has produced epitomize the criteria for ASJA's Career Achievement Award, which goes to "a member whose ability to tell a story and whose style, range and diversity of career exemplify the profession of independent nonfiction writer."

ASJA Award for Extraordinary Service

Cecil Murphey

Early in Cecil (Cec) Murphey's freelance career, he made two vows: to never stop learning about his craft, and to do anything he could to help other writers. One way he's recently honored that pledge is by donating $50,000 to ASJA's Writers Emergency Assistance Fund (WEAF) -- by far the largest gift WEAF has ever received. Thanks to his extraordinary generosity, the Fund was able to boost its maximum second grant from $2,500 to $5,000, literally doubling the amount of help the Fund can give professional writers beset by extreme emergencies.

His gift was inspired by the plight of ASJA member Lori Hall Steele, who faced foreclosure last year as she battled Lou Gehrig's disease and chronic Lyme. Fittingly, Lori, the mom of a 7-year-old son, was the first beneficiary of the grant hike, receiving a total of $10,000 from WEAF last year -- the largest award the Fund has ever given. These grants were part of an outpouring of support that gave Lori much comfort in her final days, before her death in November.

However, Cec's service to fellow freelancers goes far beyond writing checks. A few years ago, he launched a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit foundation that gives needy writers scholarships to attend professional conferences, so they can network, sharpen their skills, and gain inspiration. His charity also provides grants to aid writers in marketing their published work, mainly by paying for exhibition materials to use at book conferences. A sought-after speaker and writing instructor, he's taught at literally hundreds of writers' conferences, as well as providing free mentoring to aspiring authors, several of whom subsequently have broken into print thanks to his sage advice. Cec is one of ASJA's most successful members. He's the author of 112 books, including 90 Minutes in Heaven (with coauthor Don Piper, published by Revell Books), which has sold nearly four million copies in 30 languages, and remains, after more than two years, on the New York Times bestseller list. Two of his other books, Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story and a sequel, Think Big, have each racked up more than a million sales. Both are required reading at a number of high schools and colleges.

He's won a number of awards, including the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association's Lifetime Achievement Award (2007), The Retailers Choice Award (2007), Blackboard Book of the Year Award (2005), two Silver Angel Awards (2005 and 2004), and the Gold Medallion Award (1995). In addition, he's a three-time winner of the Dixie Council of Authors and Journalists' Author of the Year award.

Through his wide range of accomplishments and mentoring activities, Cec has shown that he fully meets the criteria for the Extraordinary Service Award, which is presented to an ASJA member "whose pattern of providing service, assistance, information, and encouragement to other members -- or to the entire membership or profession -- exemplifies the Society's role as a supportive organization."

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2008 Writing Awards

ASJA Founders' Award for Career Achievement - Sarah Wernick

Service/Self-Help/Collaborative Book – Wendy Lyons Sunshine
   The Connected Child, McGraw-Hill, 2007

Article Awards:

First Person, Essay, or Personal Experience – Margie Goldsmith
   "The Sense of Being Stared At"    O, The Oprah Magazine, July 2007

Best Service Article – Bob Cooper
   "Road Tested"    Runner's World, July 2007

Profiles – Michelle Nijhuis
   "Of Murder and Microscopes"    Sierra, May/June 2007

Arlenes – Christie Aschwanden
   "Through the Forest, A Clearer View of the Needs of A People"    New York Times, September 18, 2007

Trade Writing Award – Michael Fitzgerald
   "L0pht in Transition"    CSO, April 2007

Donald Robinson Memorial Award for Investigative Journalism – Katherine Eban
   "The War on Terror: Rorschach and Awe", July 17, 2007

Reporting on a Significant Topic – Todd Pitock
   "Science and Islam"    Discover, July 2007

June Roth Memorial Award for Medical Journalism – Richard Laliberte
   "Doctor Where Art Thou"    Prevention, May 2007 close 2008

2007 Writing Awards

Claudia Dreifus received the ASJA's prestigious career achievement award for her exemplary writing, as well as her many other commitments to the profession including being a teacher, speaker and mentor.

Dreifus says, "If you tell people true stories and give them good information that changes the world." She has been causing such shift changes by providing readers "with a front seat on history" for almost forty years. As the writer of the "Conversation With..."feature of the Tuesday Science Section of The New York Times, Claudia is known internationally for her unique interviews with scientists and policymakers. Dan Rather has described her as "one of the world's great interviewers and a superb writer....  Being interviewed by Claudia Dreifus is like playing tennis with Steffi Graf:  do your best, and you'll learn a lot; anything less and she'll pave the court with you."

In her illustrious career not just at The New York Times, but filing stories for other magazines, as well, Dreifus has interviewed such notable people as the Dalai Lama, Henry Kissinger, Toni Morrison, Daniel Ortega, Jessica Lange, Gregory Hines, and Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

She is the author of Scientific Conversations: Interviews on Science from the New York Times (Times Books 2002) and of Interview, a book of political and cultural interviews (Seven Stories Press 1999), which is used in journalism programs worldwide, including the classes she teaches to future correspondents as a professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. Additionally, Dreifus is a contributing editor to AARP--The Magazine.

Former ASJA president Claire Safran of Westport, CT won ASJA's Extraordinary Service Award for her more then three decades of exemplary service to the organization. In 1981, she and another member launched the organization's well-known, "I Read Banned Books" campaign. As a member of ASJA's First Amendment Committee for some 36 years, and now as its chair, she has also battled censorship. Under her capable leadership, the committee has issued numerous statements on such topics as FEMA restrictions on freedom of speech, jail threats for journalists, onerous visa requirements for foreign reporters, abuse of journalists in Iraq, and the Patriot Act. Through her many years of taking courageous stands on behalf of writers, and alerting the media, fellow ASJA members, and the public to threats to constitutionality protected speech, Claire fully meets the criteria for this coveted award which is given to a member "whose pattern of providing service, assistance, information, and encouragement to other members—or to the entire membership or profession—exemplifies the society's role as a supportive organization." Two members, Edwin Black of Gaithersburg, MD, and Victor Chase of Yorktown Heights, NY, were recognized for their significant contributions in the General Non-Fiction Book Category. Black won an honorable mention for Internal Combustion (St. Martin's Press), an exhaustively researched history illuminating the corruption, greed and corporate criminality that enabled Big Oil to dominate the global energy market.  Black draws upon a vast array of background materials, and previously uncovered documents to paint a damning picture of how we became addicted to oil.

Chase won an honorable mention for Shattered Nerves,(Johns Hopkins University Press), which is a tightly woven journey into the lives of people who have benefited from the technology of electronic implants. He makes the complicated scientific advances clear and readable and helps us look to a future in which not only blindness, hearing loss, and paralysis can be surmounted, but possibly Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and other diseases as well.

In the Service/Self-help/Collaborative category, Allen and Linda Anderson of Minn, MN, won for Rescued, Saving Animals from Disaster (New World Library). Rescued gives readers the inside view of what happened to the much-loved pets of people who had to evacuate their homes in a hurry during Hurricane Katrina. This blend of photographs, inspiring personal stories, and methodology focuses on the unsung heroes who worked to rescue left-behind cats and dogs and reunite them with their owners. In 272 readable pages, the Andersons present a blueprint for future disasters, as well.

Honorable Mention in this category was awarded to This is How We Do It, The Working Mothers' Manifesto (Hudson Street Press), by Carol Evans of Chappaqua, NY and Christine Larson of Sacramento, CA. In human, direct, funny and often touching prose, This Is How We Do It tells perhaps the most important story of all -- how the world manages to keep working, thanks to working moms.  A fresh and inspiring take on a topic endlessly debated and discussed, this book helps us to see that, with enough maternal love -- and coffee -- nothing is impossible.

The 2007 Arlene Award for Books That Make a Difference was given to Katherine Eban of Brooklyn, NY for Dangerous Doses (Harcourt Inc. Not only did this horrifying expose reveal glaring flaws in America's drug distribution system--including widespread counterfeiting of prescription medications--but it has sparked sweeping legislative changes to protect the public in many states, investigations, and FDA action.  This may well have saved lives and spared already ill people needless suffering--exactly the kind of documented difference the award was created to honor.

Melba Newsome of Charlotte, NC, received the Arlene for her article, "True Crimes, False Confessions," published in the April 2006 issue of O, the Oprah Magazine.  Her compelling reporting shed light on a little known phenomenon, educated policymakers, and helped advance the work of the Innocence Project, which seeks to overturn wrongful convictions, many of them based on false confessions.   The article influenced legislators in two states--and possibly others--to pass laws making it easier for defendants who have confessed to obtain post-conviction DNA evidence.

An honorable mention for the Arlene went to Lisa Armstrong of Brooklyn, NY, for "It Takes a Village," published in the October 2006 issue of Essence magazine.  This searing profile tells the remarkable story of Rebecca Lolosoli, chief of a rural Kenyan village created by victims of rape and violence to provide a safe haven for themselves and their children.  By publicizing the horrible plight of these courageous women, the article moved readers to send donations of money and goods to aid this humanitarian effort.

An honorable mention for the Arlene was also awarded to Christine Larson, of Sacramento, CA, for "A New Way to Ask, 'How Green Is My Conscience?'" published in The New York Times on June 25, 2006.  The article deftly explains how consumers can offset pollution their activities cause by giving money to environmental causes.  One charity received thousands of dollars in donations as a direct result of the article, enabling it to plant many trees to absorb carbon dioxide from car exhaust, thus helping combat global warming.

Lisa Collier Cool of Pelham, NY, was awarded the June Roth Memorial Award for Medical Journalism for her article, "Saving the Smallest Patients," which was published in Good Housekeeping in July 2006. A surprising number of life-saving medical devices, such as heart defibrillators and pumps, don't come in children's sizes, revealed Cool in this startling report, so doctors often must choose between what they know is a less effective treatment or jury-rigging an adult device.  Happily, she notes there is some hope that the FDA will soon fast-track permission to use kid's devices designed in Europe. In the meantime, Cool's level-headed advice to parents is to head for a children's hospital if your child has a chronic problem or needs unusual surgery because that's where they are likely to get the best treatment. 

The 2007 Outstanding Article Award for First Person Essay went to Christie Aschwanden of Cedaredge, CO for her moving story, "One Daughter, One Dad, Two Bikes," which ran in Health in June 2006. Writing about the people who are dearest to us in a way that is honest and freshly compelling, while tapping into deep wells of universal experience, is one of the toughest challenges in our craft. Aschwanden makes it seem almost effortless in her essay about the bicycle journey across Kansas that she makes with her father, a retired Air Force pilot and Vietnam vet. Readers are luckily privy not only to her own journey of discovery and hard-won understanding, but gain insight into their own complicated relationships, as well.

Honorable Mention for her first person story went to Lisa Collier Cool of Pelham, NY, for her moving, two-part series, "Rescuing Rosalie," in the September and October 2006 Ladies Home Journal. In heart wrenching prose, Cool shares with readers the intimate details of every mother's nightmare: the unexpected descent of a child into the drug scene. Readers learn of Rosalie's disappearance into the night, the frantic search for her, the anguish of trying to find the best drug treatment program where she might actually have a shot at dumping her cocaine addiction, etc. The high note of the story is Rosalie's recovery; however, Cool probably helped saved other children, too, with her candid story.

Jonathan Green of New York City won the Outstanding Article Award for Reporting on a Significant Topic for "Hooked on the Gold Rush," published in The Mail on Sunday on July 30, 2006. After reading Green's story, you might never enjoy wearing gold jewelry again, knowing the suffering that underlies its production. Green risked his safety to descend into a gold mine in Ghana, where he reported on dangerous conditions among miners, their families and community members.  He exposed health and safety hazards including mercury poisoning, mine collapses, cyanide contamination, decimation of rainforests and stagnant pools that cause malaria outbreaks among the local people—all in the name of corporate profit.

Christine Larson of Sacramento, CA won the Outstanding Service Article Award for "Taking Care of Mom and Dad," published in U.S. News and World Report, November 19, 2006. Larson's piece was a strong, clear, compassionate story about a familiar set of dilemmas with a fresh slant. She provides Americans with aging parents several alternatives they might not have thought of.

Russell Wild of Allentown, PA won Honorable Mention for his service article, "Your Take-Charge Guide to Affordable Health Care" published in AARP: The Magazine, July/August 2006. Among items on Wild's comprehensive and inventive list of all the ways you can save on health care costs are ways to score a free eye exam, bargain over your hospital bill if you're uninsured, and advice never to apply for a health insurance policy in writing before you get a phone approval from a trusted broker. If you apply and get turned down once, you'll have to report it on all future applications. 

Sarah Richards of Baltimore, MD won ASJA's Outstanding Article Award for her profile of an Algerian executioner in, "Master of the Guillotine," which was published in The Walrus Magazine in May 2006. Her portrait was fearless and disturbing, and raised fascinating questions about cultural identity and the nature of guilt.

"Grand Plans," by Michael Fitzgerald of Millis, MA is the story of two brothers who use a combination of modern technology and traditional skills in an attempt to make Mason & Hamlin a notable name in pianos again. A hundred years ago, these pianos could be found in homes and on concert stages all over American. The contrasts between using computer-aided routers one day and loving hand-varnishing the next clearly fascinated Fitzgerald, who won ASJA's prize for Business and Technology writing for his October 6 story which ran in the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine.

In "Gary Heavin is on a Mission from God," Alison Stein Wellner tells how Heavin built the nation's largest fitness chain, Curves, which has gone from zero to 10,000 centers in only 14 years.  Among Heavin's secrets: the amount each franchisee must pay back to Curves International is capped at 5 percent. "If they do well, bless 'em," Heavin says. For her fresh, compelling coverage of a subject, Wellner won ASJA's honorable mention in Business and Technology writing for her October, 2006 story which ran in INC.

Links to Award-winning Articles.

1. "It Takes a Village" by Lisa Armstrong

2. Internal Combustion by Edwin Black

3. Shattered Nerves by Victor D. Chase

4. "Rescuing Rosalie, Part I", "Rescuing Rosalie, Part II" by Lisa Collier Cool

5. Dangerous Doses by Katherine Eban

6. This is How We Do It: The Working Mother's Manifesto by Carol Evans with Christine Larson

7. "Grand Plans" by Michael Fitzgerald

8. "Hooked on the Gold Rush" by Jonathan Green

9. "Taking Care of Mom and Dad" by Christine Larson

10."A New Way to Ask, 'How Green Is My Conscience?'" by Christine Larson

11."Master of the Guillotine" by Sarah M. Richards

12."Gary Heavin is on a Mission from God" by Allison Stein Wellner

13. "Your Take-Charge Guide to Affordable Health Care" by Russell Wild

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2006 Writing Awards

Outstanding Books

General Non-Fiction

Goodnight Saigon by Charles Henderson
Honorable Mention: The Reluctant Spiritualist by Nancy Rubin Stuar

June Roth Memorial/Medical Journalism

Dangerous Doses by Katherine Eban
Honorable Mention: The Starving Family by Cheryl Dellasega


The Resilient Writer by Catherine Wald
Honorable Mention: Scaling Down by Judi Culbertson and Marj Decker

Children/Young Adult Non-fiction

Tools of Navigation by Rachel Dickinson

Outstanding Articles

Donald Robinson Memorial Award For Investigative Journalism

"Witness on Board" by Salley Shannon
Los Angeles Times Magazine, July 17, 2005

June Roth Medical Journalism

"Could You Be Forced to Have A C-section?" by Lisa Collier Cool
Baby Talk Magazine, May 2005
Honorable Mention: "Danger at the ER" by Linda Marsa
Ladies' Home Journal, October 2005


"Building a Better Banana" by Craig Canine
Smithsonian Magazine, October 2005
Honorable Mention: "He Took On the Whole Power Tool Industry" by Melba Newsome
Inc. Magazine, July 2005


"All the Wrong Men" by Janine Latus
O, The Oprah Magazine, October 2005


"Madame Butterfly" by Michelle Nijhuis
Sierra Magazine, October 2005
Honorable Mention: "Secrets of the Bonobo Sisterhood" by Jessica Seigel
Ms. Magazine, Spring 2005

Reporting On A Significant Topic

"Will We Ever Arrive at the Good Death?" by Robin Marantz Henig
The New York Times Magazine, August 7, 2005
Honorable Mention: "To Hell and Back" by John Rosengren
Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine, January 2005


"There's Still a Girl in There" by Karen Hammond
Family Circle, May 17, 2005


"Monkey Business: A Look at Vote-Counting Mischief and the Potential for More" by Miriam Raftery
City Beat (San Diego, CA), October 19, 2005
"For the Love of Laurie" by Michele Wojciechowski
Family Circle, April 19, 2005

Career Achievement Award

Gloria Hochman

Extraordinary Service Award
Brett Harvey

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2005 Writing Awards

New York, April 15, 2005 – The American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) presented awards to 12 members for outstanding books and magazine articles published in 2004 - during the organization's annual Writers Conference. Two of these writers were the first to win ASJA's new "Arlene" Award for "writing that makes a difference", given in memory of the late Arlene Eisenberg, the bestselling author of "What to Expect When You're Expecting," and a long-time ASJA member.

The organization also presented its Career Achievement Award to Alvin and Heidi Toffler of Los Angeles, CA. Alvin Toffler has been foretelling the future for so long that he can now look back and count how many of his predictions have come true, including the rise of the Internet and of cable television. In 1983, he won ASJA's author of the year award for the book that brought him international fame and added a new phrase to the language, "Future Shock." In collaboration with his wife, Heidi, Toffler has written 13 award-winning books and many articles about his groundbreaking social theories.

Bob Cooper of San Anselmo, California, won the Arlene for "Rich in Books," published in San Francisco Chronicle Magazine. This powerful profile of a philanthropist who is building school libraries in Asia inspired readers to donate more than $100,000 in cash and goods -- enough to open 50 new libraries for children in some of the world's poorest countries. The gift of education is intended to help these students escape the cycle of chronic poverty.

Kim Kavin of Wilton, Connecticut, was also honored with the Arlene for "The Crisis Cops," published in Northeast, the Sunday magazine of The Hartford Courant. This compelling article describes the dramatic difference specially trained police Crisis Intervention Teams (CITs) can make to people suffering from mental illness. Kavin's reporting prompted the governor of Connecticut to announce $2 million in state and federal funding to create CITs in four of the state's largest cities.

Topics of the other award-winning books and articles ranged from the ethics of erasing memories to assisted reproductive technology, from overcoming poor parenting to overcoming writer's block, from dangerous dogs to food-borne diseases to hazardous highways, from blood clots to the Craigslist phenomenon and to the battle for a balanced life.

In the book category, Robin Marantz Henig of New York City won ASJA's award for general non-fiction for Pandora's Baby: How the First Test Tube Babies Sparked the Reproductive Revolution, published by Houghton Mifflin. In describing the scientific, moral, and intensely human dilemmas engendered by the new reproductive technology, Henig transforms a staggering amount of complex data into a coherent, engaging, superbly reported page-turner about one of the most important social revolutions of our time.

Kathryn Black of Boulder, Colorado, won an honorable mention in the general nonfiction category for Mothering Without a Map, published by Viking. Black skillfully blends memoir, research and interviews to explore the challenges faced by women who were raised by physically or emotionally absent mothers. She asks and then persuasively answers the central question of how someone who was "undermothered" can become a good mother herself?

Barbara DeMarco-Barrett of Corona del Mar, California, won ASJA's award for service, self-help, collaborative or specialty nonfiction for Pen on Fire, published by Harcourt. In this imaginative, compassionate and eminently useful guide to "igniting the writer within," DeMarco-Barrett shows us how to create both the time and the emotional space to write each day--no matter how busy, or how blocked, we imagine we are. Pen on Fire makes a regular writing practice seem not only possible, but actually fun.

In the articles category, Robin Marantz Henig won her second ASJA award of the year, the coveted June Roth Memorial Award for medical writing for her brilliantly insightful feature "The Quest to Forget," published in the April 4, 2004, issue of The New York Times Magazine. Henig's narrative is both pedagogical and Orwellian. She introduces us to the emerging science of therapeutic forgetting, and highlights the unnerving possibility that the ability to erase memories may be just around the corner.

Honorable Mention for the June Roth Memorial Award went to Tamara Eberlein of Ridgefield, CT, for her article "Blood-Clotting Disorders," which appeared in the June 2004 issue of Redbook. Reporting that more Americans die of thrombophilia, a vastly under-diagnosed blood-clotting disorder, than of breast cancer, AIDS, and car accidents combined, Eberlein enlightens and engages us from word one of her meticulously researched and reported article.

ASJA's award for reporting on a significant topic went to Salley Shannon of Charlotte, NC, for her article "The New Hazard on the Highway," published in Good Housekeeping in May, 2004. Using heartbreaking examples of innocent deaths caused by "good" people running red lights, Shannon forces us to reevaluate our thinking about what too many consider a minor traffic infraction.

Rebecca Skloot of New York City won the award in the category of first person, essay or personal experience for "When Pets Attack," published in the October 11, 2004 issue of New York Magazine. The gripping account of her battle to close a legal loophole that allowed a dangerous pack of dogs to roam the streets of Manhattan is both horrifying and spellbinding. Skloot's wonderful storytelling also brought significant attention to the issue and forced the city to take action after many years.

Idelle Davidson of Los Angeles received ASJA's award for a magazine profile with her article "The Shy Savant," published in the June 13, 2004, issue of the Los Angeles Times Magazine. Davidson aptly profiles Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist, by artfully blending details about his business operations and his personality into one engaging portrait.

In the service article category, the winner was Christie Aschwanden of Cedaredge, CO for her article, "The Kitchen Comes Clean," published in the July/August 2004 issue of Health magazine. Aschwanden's innovative and humorous approach to food safety turned what could have been a boring subject into an engaging read. By contrasting her husband's neat-freak habits with her own sloppy ones, she demonstrated how much or little we really know about safe food preparation.

Richard Laliberte of Macungie, PA, received an Honorable Mention in the service category for "Time of Your Life," published in the November/December 2004 issue of Best Life. This detailed article offers practical ways for men to get more balance in their lives, while asserting that it's up to them to figure out their true priorities and pursue them.

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2004 Writing Awards

New York, April 28, 2004 – The American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) presented awards to 15 members for outstanding magazine articles and books published in 2003 at a luncheon at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City during the organization's annual Writers Conference. The organization also presented its Career Achievement Award to past president Ruth Winter of Short Hills, NJ.

Winter, an award winning and visionary science writer, is the author of 34 books and hundreds of articles for national magazines. She also has lectured widely on subjects ranging from food and cosmetic safety to building your brainpower. In the 1970s she was one of the first writers to alert the public to the dangers of food additives and to other potentially harmful ingredients in food, cosmetics and other consumer items.

Topics of the award-winning books and articles ranged from genetic testing to children's mental health, robots, a spiritual quest among cloistered nuns, adolescent health and the story of the Wright brothers written for children.

Melba Newsome, of Charlotte, NC, won ASJA's coveted June Roth Memorial Award for medical writing for her article "Genetic Roulette" published in the August 2003 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine. The article focuses on a family facing a devastating genetic illness, and the individual struggles of each member to decide whether to have the test that would reveal whether he or she was destined to develop the disease. The ASJA Awards Committee judges said that Newsome managed to convey heartache without pathos, to lucidly explain the science behind genetic testing and to engagingly carry the reader from the story of one compelling character to the next.

Trish Riley, of Sunrise, FL, won the Donald Robinson Award for Investigative Journalism for her piece "Toxic Schools," which appeared in the April 2003 issue of South Florida Parenting. Riley chronicles a school district's battle against toxic mold. Her work led to changes in the county affected, the ultimate test of success for an investigative reporter.

Honorable Mention for the Donald Robinson Award went to Claudia Dreifus, of New York City, for her article "Women on Death Row" published in the Spring 2003 issue of Ms. Magazine.

ASJA's award for a magazine service article went to Cheryl Platzman Weinstock for "What a Difference Five Years Makes" published in the September 2003 issue of More. Weinstock revisited four women who suffered from different potentially deadly diseases five years ago and traced the impact of recent advances in treatment on their lives.

ASJA's award for reporting on a significant topic went to Gloria Hochman, of Wynnewood, PA, for her article "Pain" which appeared in the March 16, 2003 issue of the Philadelphia Inquirer magazine. Hochman artfully blended facts, explanations from specialists and heart-wrenching stories of parents struggling with their childrens' mental illness to produce a compelling and empowering piece.

ASJA's award for essay writing went to Marian Sandmaier for "Listening to Zebras" which appeared in the Washington Post on June 3, 2003. Sandmaier takes the reader along on her search for the truth about her daughter's headaches and other symptoms, a harrowing quest with a happy ending. Beautifully written, with poignant insights into every parent's worst fears, the essay conveys an uplifting message about taking matters into your own hands when the experts fail you.

Dan Ferber, of Urbana, IL, won ASJA's award for a magazine profile for his article "The Man Who Mistook His Girlfriend for a Robot" published in Popular Science in September 2003. Fresh, funny, informative, and thought-provoking, the profile splendidly blends humor, science, and youthfulness to appeal to a wide audience. In crafting the profile Ferber gives us fascinating glimpses into the history, future, obsessions and thought relating to robotics.

Anita Bartholomew, of Sarasota, FL, won ASJA's award for business and technology writing for her article "Balance" published in the October/November 2003 issue of MBA Jungle. Bartholomew's creative approach turned potentially disastrous situations – suicide-prevention, a death-row exoneration, a police standoff -- into memorable business lessons on the art of negotiation.

Honorable mention in the business and technology category went to Claire Tristram, of San Jose, CA, for her article "Supercomputing Resurrected" published in the February 2003 issue of Technology Review. Tristram took a complex subject (part science, part diplomacy) and distilled it into a story that enables us to understand not only why the Japanese have dominated this complex field, but why we should care.

In the book category, Kristin Ohlson, of Cleveland Heights, OH, won ASJA's award for general non-fiction for Stalking the Divine, published by Hyperion Press. Sparked by a visit to an inner city church where the "Poor Clares", a group of cloistered nuns, practice perpetual prayer Ohlson embarked on a spiritual quest that produced a beautifully written book about the mysteries of faith.

Betty Rothbart, M.S.W. of Brooklyn, NY, won ASJA's award for service, self-help, collaborative, and specialty non-fiction for her book Healthy Teens, Body and Soul: A Parent's Complete Guide to Adolescent Health, co-authored by Andrea Marks, M.D. and published by Fireside Press. This comprehensive book takes a delightfully upbeat approach to parenthood's most challenging years. Starting with basic information about adolescent development, the authors - both parents of teenagers - thoroughly cover key physiological and psychological issues, encourage parents and teens to work as health partners, and provide a superb foundation for this new relationship.

Mary Collins, of Alexandria, VA, won ASJA's award for children's and young adult's non-fiction for Airborne: A Photobiography of Wilbur and Orville Wright, published by National Geographic Books. Collins' photobiography provides much to captivate children as it traces the Wright brothers' pioneering, and sometimes dangerous, attempts design and build an airplane that actually worked.

Two ASJA members won honorable mention in the general non-fiction book category:

Andrea King Collier, of Lansing, MI, for Still with Me: A Daughter's Journey of Love and Loss, published by Simon & Schuster. Collier focuses on her mother's battle with ovarian cancer and reports on the toll this disease takes among the African-American community.

Steve Kemper, of West Hartford, CT, for Code Name Ginger: The Story Behind Segway and Dean Kamen's Quest to Invent a New World, published by Harvard Business School Press. Kemper chronicles the birth of the spectacularly unsuccessful Segway motor scooter drawing a vivid portrait of the inspiration, egomania, confusion, and dashed dreams that went along with bringing this new invention to market. He offers a fascinating inside look at inventor Dean Kamen and brings to life the media frenzy that plagued the Segway after this top-secret project became public knowledge, as well as the disappointments that followed.

Jennifer Lawler, of Lawrence, KS, won honorable mention in the service, self-help, collaborative, and specialty non-fiction category for Dojo Wisdom: 100 Simple Ways to Become a Stronger, Calmer, More Courageous Person, published by Penguin Books. In this thoughtful and beautifully written book, Lawler distills the wisdom of the dojo, the martial arts training hall, into 100 practical life lessons, each carefully explained and including an exercise.

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2003 Writing Awards


General Non-Fiction

IBM and the Holocaust: The Strategic Alliance between Nazi Germany and America's Most Powerful Corporation (Three Rivers Press) by Edwin Black

Edwin Black of Washington, D.C. won ASJA's general non-fiction award for his book IBM and the Holocaust: The Strategic Alliance between Nazi Germany and America's Most Powerful Corporation, published by Three Rivers Press.

June Roth Award For Health And Medical Books

Lung Cancer: Myths, Facts and Choices by Sarah Wernick with Claudia I. Henschke and Peggy McCarthy; W.W. Norton & Co.; July, 2002

Sarah Wernick, of Brookline, MA, won the endowed June Roth Award for Health and Medical Books for Lung Cancer: Myths, Facts and Choices, written with Claudia I. Henschke and Peggy McCarthy, which was published by W.W. Norton & Co. in July, 2002. The judges commented that this was "a reassuring book on an important topic" that is "unmedically" written and "reads beautifully."


No award this year.

Children's Books

No entries this year.


Donald Robinson Award For Investigative Journalism

"Final Solutions: How IBM Helped Automate the Nazi Death Machine in Poland" by Edwin Black; Village Voice, March 27, 2002

Edwin Black of Washington, D.C., won the Donald Robinson Award for Investigative Journalism for "Final Solutions: How IBM Helped Automate the Nazi Death Machine in Poland," an in-depth look at the "strategic business alliance between IBM and the Reich, beginning in the first days of the Hitler regime and continuing right through World War II."

June Roth Award For Medical Journalism

"Saving Sophie" by Lisa Collier Cool; Self, December 2002

Lisa Collier Cool of Pelham, NY won the June Roth Award for Medical Journalism for "Saving Sophie," the story of rare and life-saving fetal surgery to remove a tumor that was larger than the baby herself. Collier-Cool's article was published in the December 2002 issue of Self magazine.


"Data Extinction" by Claire Tristram; Technology Review, October 2002

Claire Tristram of San Jose, CA won the award for business and technology writing for her article "Data Extinction," published in the October 2002 issue of Technology Review. Tristram described the vulnerability of our electronic age to large-scale archival obliteration.

First Person/Essay

"Don't Have a Seat" by Mary Collins; Washington Post, March 5, 2002

Mary Collins of Alexandria, VA won the personal essay award for "Don't Have a Seat," about surviving a bicycle accident. Her essay was published in the Washington Post on March 5, 2002.

First Person/Essay Honorable Mention

"X Marks the Spot" by Paul Perry; National Geographic Adventure, March 2002

Honorable mention in the personal essay category went to Paul Perry of Paradise Valley, AZ for "X Marks the Spot," which the ASJA judges characterized as "a fun yarn of exploration," published in the March 2002 issue of National Geographic Adventure.


"Monastic Experience: Finding a Hermitage of One's Own" by Cheryl Reed; Poets & Writers May 2002

Cheryl Reed of Eden Prairie, MN won the service and self help category award for her article "Monastic Experience: Finding a Hermitage of One's Own," a travel piece about visiting monasteries, published in the May 2002 issue of Poets & Writers magazine.

Service Honorable Mention

"A Place for Us" by Cheryl Platzman Weinstock; Woman's Day; June 4, 2002

Honorable mention in the this category went to Cheryl Platzman Weinstock of Westport, CT for "A Place for Us," published in the June 4, 2002 issue of Woman's Day magazine. The piece described how new women's heart centers opening across the country are offering gender-specific care and saving lives.


No award this year.

Reporting On A Significant Topic

"The Devil You Know" by Melba Newsome; Los Angeles Times magazine; January 27, 2002

Melba Newsome of Matthews, NC won the Significant Reporting Award for her article "The Devil You Know," which revealed the tragic inadequacies of California rape laws through the story of a well-drawn and sympathetic character. Newsome's piece was published in the January 27, 2002 issue of the Los Angeles Times magazine.

Career Achievement Award

Hal Higdon

Hal Higdon of Long Beach, IN, won ASJA's Career Achievement Award for a lifetime of enthused and quality writing.

Investigative Journalism

No award this year.

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Past Awards

Outstanding Author Awards

Until 1999, these awards were conferred upon ASJA members whose nonfiction trade books, either alone or added to a body of work, were deemed highly significant. In 1999, this award was replaced by the Outstanding Book Award: General Nonfiction.
1998: Robert Kanigel, The One Best Way
1997: Kathryn Black In the Shadow of Polio: A Personal and Social History
1996: Bernard Asbell, The Pill: A Biography of the Drug that Changed the World
1995: Alan Levy,The Weisenthal File
1994: Robin Marantz Henig, The Dancing Matrix: Voyages Along the Viral Frontier.
1993: Victoria Secunda, Women and Their Fathers: The Sexual and Romantic Impact of the First Man In Your Life
1992: Nancy Rubin, Isabella, Queen of Castile
1990: Thomas L. Friedman, From Beirut to Jerusalem (Farrar, Straus, Giroux)
1989: Jonathan Kozol, Rachel and her Children
1988: Randy Shilts, And the Band Played On: People, Politics and the AIDS Epidemic
1987: Kitty Kelley, His Way
1986: John McPhee for his body of work
1985: Flora Rheta Schreiber,The Shoemaker
1984: Isaac Asimov "because of the dramatic impact his work has had on a significant number of Americans and because he has made the world of science understandable, palatable, and enjoyable."
1983: Alvin Toffler "for his original thinking about our future, manifested in work published over the past two decades."
1982: Betty Friedan, The Second Stage
1981: Norman Cousins, Anatomy of an Illness and body of work
1980: Barbara Tuchman, A Distant Mirror
1979: Theodore H. White
1978: Alex Haley, Roots


The Arlenes: Articles That Make a Difference (given annually) and Books That Make a Difference (given in 2007, 2010 and 2013)
2007: Article: Melba Newsome, "True Crimes, False Confesions", published in O, the Oprah Magzine, Arpil 2006
2007: Article: Lisa Armstrong, "It Takes a Village", published in Essence, October 2006
2007: Article: Christine Larson, "A New Way to Ask, 'How Green Is My Conscience?", published in The New York Times, June 25,2006
2007: Book: Katherine Eban, Dangerous Doses
2006: Article: Miriam Raftery, Monkey Business: A Look at Vote-Counting Mischief and the Potential for More, published in City Beat (San Diego), October 19, 2005
2006: Article: Michele Wojciechowski, For the Love of Laurie, published in Family Circle April 19, 2005
2005: Article: Bob Cooper, Rich in Books, published in San Francisco Cronicle Magazine
2005: Article: Kim Kavin, The Crisis Cops, published in Northeast, Sunday magazine of The Hartford Courant

Outstanding Book Award: General Nonfiction

These awards are conferred upon ASJA members whose nonfiction trade books, either alone or added to a body of work, are deemed highly significant.
2007: Edwin Black, Internal Combustion
2007: Victor Chase, Shattered Nerves (Honorable mention)
2006: Charles Henderson, Goodnight Saigon
2006: Nancy Rubin Stuart, The Reluctant Spiritualist (Honorable mention)
2005: Robin Marantz Henig, Pandora's Baby: How the First Test Tube Babies Sparked the Reproductive Revolution
2005: Kathryn Black, Mothering Without a Map (Honorable mention)
2004: Kristin Ohlson, Stalking the Divine
2004: Andrea King Coller, Still with Me: A Daughter's Journey of Love and Loss (Honorable Mention)
2004: Steve Kemper, Code Name Ginger: The Story Behind Segway and Dean Kamen's Quest to Invent a New World (Honorable Mention)
2003: Edwin Black, IBM and the Holocaust: The Strategic Alliance between Nazi Germany and America's Most Powerful Corporation
2002: Erich Hoyt, Creatures of the Deep (Firefly Books)
2002: Bruce Henderson, Fatal North (Honorable Mention)
2001: Cathy Crimmins, Where is the Mango Princess?
2000: None
1999: None

Outstanding Book Award: Service, Self-Help, Collaborative, or Specialty

These awards are conferred upon ASJA members whose nonfiction trade books, either alone or added to a body of work, are deemed highly significant.
2007: Allen and Linda Anderson, Rescued, Saving Animals from Disaster
2007: Carol Evans, This is How We Do It, The Working Mother's Manifesto (Honorable mention)
2006: Catherine Wald, The Resilient Writer
2006: Judi Culbertson and Marj Decker, Scaling Down
2005: Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, Pen on Fire
2004: Betty Rothbart, Healthy Teens, Body and Soul: A Parent's Complete Guide to Adolescent Health
2004: Jennier Lawler, Dojo Wisdom: 100 Simple Ways to Become a Stronger, Calmer, More Courageous Person
2002: Dianne Partie Lange et al, Informed Decisions
2001: Michael Smolensky, Ph.D., and Lynne Lamberg, The Body Clock Guide to Better Health
2000: When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets or Quads by Dr. Barbara Luke and Tamara Eberlein (Harper Perrenial)
2000: License to Steal by Anonymous and Timothy Harper (HarperBusiness)
1999: Susan K. Golant and Rosalynn Carter, Helping Someone with Mental Illness: A Compassionate Guide for Family, Friends, and Caregivers (Times Books, 1998)

Outstanding Book Award: Children's

2006: Rachel Dickinson, Tools of Navigation
2004: Airborne: A Photobiography of Wilbur and Orville Wright
2002: Andrea Warren, Surviving Hitler

Outstanding Article Awards

These awards honor members whose articles, produced on a freelance basis, have demonstrated excellence.
1991: None
1990: Steve Fishman,, "Skull's Angels," Rolling Stone
1989: Robert Kanigel, "An Ordinary Miracle," Hippocrates
1988: Laurence B. Cherry, "My Father's Last Year", Glamour
1988: Kenneth F. Englade, "The Battle Over Secular Humanism," Southern
1987: Rena Dictor LeBlanc, "The Mechanical Boy Who Found His Heart," Reader's Digest
1987: Claudia Dreifus, "Rodrigo's Last Trip: The Fiery Death of a Young Chilean Exile," Mother Jones
1986: Joan Barthel, "Jimmy," McCall's
1985: Steve Fishman, "Brain Surgery: A Patient's Story," Science Digest
1984: Bonnie Remsberg, "Beneath the Cloud", Family Circle
1983: Sally Wendkos Olds, "Do You want Your Mother to Die?", McCall
1983: Morton Hunt, "Research Through Deception", New York Times Magazine
1983: Gloria Hochman, "Living with Alzheimer's," Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine
1983: Claire Safran, "The War on Toxic Waste", Woman's Day
1982: Morton Sontheimer, "Memories of a Small Bomb," Newsweek
1981: Michael Frome, "The Ungreening of our National Parks," Travel Agent and National Parks
1980: Ted J. Rakstis, "The Poisoning of Michigan," Reader's Digest
1979: Betty Friedan
1978: None

Outstanding Article Awards: Business/Technology

These awards honor members whose articles, produced on a freelance basis, have demonstrated excellence.
2007: Michael Fitzgerald, "Grand Plans," Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, October 6, 2006
2007: Alison Stein Wellner, "Gary Heavin is on a Mission from God," Inc., October 2006 (Honorable mention)
2006: Craig Canine, "Building a Better Banana," Smithsonian Magazine, October 2005
2006: Melba Newsome, "He Took On the WholePower Tool Industry," Inc. Magazine, July 2005
2004: Anita Bartholomew, "Balance," MBA Jungle, October/November 2003
2004: Claire Tristram, "Supercomputing Resurrected," Technology Review, February 2003 (Honorable Mention)
2003: Claire Tristram, "Data Extinction," Technology Review, October 2002
2002: Claire Tristram, "It's Time for a Clockless Chip," Technology Review, October 2001

Outstanding Article Awards: Personal Essay

These awards honor members whose articles, produced on a freelance basis, have demonstrated excellence.
2007: Christie Aschwanden, "One Daughter, One Dad, Two Bikes," Health June 2006
2007: Lisa Collier Cool, "Rescuing Rosalie," Ladies' Home Journal September and October, 2006
2006: Janine Latus, "All the Wrong Men," O, TheOprah Magazine, October 2005
2004: Marian Sander, "Listening to Zebras," Washington Post, June 3, 2003
1999: Judith Sachs, "The End of My Mother," Death & Dying, March 1998
1998: Florence Williams, "Benched," New Republic, November 10, 1997
1997: Sherry Suib Cohen, "In the Name of Tradition," New Woman
1994: Philip A. Alper, "My Nursing Home Patients Come To Me," Medical Economics
1994: Mary Augusta Rodgers, "Home at the End of the Road," Detroit Free Press Magazine
1993: Maxine Rock, "Arthritis and Exercise: Maybe It's Time to Get Moving," Arthritis Today
1993: Mary Alice Kellogg, "The Search for My Father," Glamour
1992: Richard Bode, "To Climb the Wind," Sail
1992: Mitch Finley, "Bang," Notre Dame Magazine

Outstanding Article Awards: Reporting on a Significant Topic

These awards honor members whose articles, produced on a freelance basis, have demonstrated excellence.
2007: Jonathen Green, "Hooked on the Gold Rush," The Mail, July 30, 2006
2006: Robin Marantz Henig, "Will We Ever Arrive at the Good Death?," The New York Times Magazine, August 7, 2005
2006: John Rosengren, "To Hell and Back," Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine, January 2005
2005: Salley Shannon, "The New Hazardon the Highway," Good Housekeeping, May 2004
2004: Gloria Hochman, "Pain," Philadelphia Inquirer, March 16, 2003
2003: Melba Newsome, "The Devil You Know," Los Angeles Times, January 27, 2002
2002: Sara Solovitch, "Citizen Scientists," Wired, September 2001
2001: Lisa Collier Cool, "Could You Get Hooked On This Pill", Self (Honorable Mention)
2001: Timothy Harper, "Shoot to Kill", The Atlantic Monthly
1999: Steve Kemper, "This Land Is Your Land" Yankee, September 1998
1997: Heather Millar, "Log Me a River" The Atlantic Monthly
1996: Lisa Collier Cool "Mangled Care" Penthouse
1996: Florence Williams, "Polygamy in America" North American Review
1995: Sally Wendkos Olds, "Marathon Woman," Pennsylvania Gazette
1995: Edward Oxford, "D-Day Plus 50 Years," American History
1994: Thomas Bedell, "Old Glory: The Seneca's Search for a Past," Destination Discovery
1994: Steve Fishman, "Love Her to Death," Details
1993: Lance Frazer, "The Treasure of Healing Knowledge," The Student Lawyer
1993: Katharine Davis Fishman, "Problem Adoptions," The Atlantic Monthly
1992: Robert Kanigel, "Downs and Ups," Johns Hopkins Magazine
1992: Edward Oxford, "Pearl Harbor," American History Illustrated

Outstanding Article Awards: Service

These awards honor members whose articles, produced on a freelance basis, have demonstrated excellence.
2007: Christine Larson, "Taking Care of Mom and Dad", U.S. News and World Report, November 19, 2006
2007: Russell Wild, "Your Take-Charge Guide to Affordable Health Care", AARP: The Magazine, July/August 2006 (Honorable mention)
2006: Karen Hammond, "There's Still a Girl in There", Family Circle, May 17, 2005
2005: Christie Aschwanden, "The Kitchen Comes Clean", Health, July/August 2004
2005: Richard Laliberte, "Time of Your Life", Best Life, November/December 2004 (Honorable mention)
2004: Cheryl Platzman Weinstock, "What a Difference Five Years Makes", More, September, 2003
2003: Cheryl Reed, "Monastic Experience: Finding a Hermitage of One's Own", Poets & Writers, May 2002
2003: Cheryl Platzman Weinstock, "A Place for Us", Woman's Day, June 4, 2002 (Honorable Mention)
2002: Sally Stich, "The Most Important Discussion You Must Have", New Choices, April 2001
2001: Michele Meyer, "The Gift of Health", Remedy Magazine
2000: Florence Williams, Near to the Ground: The Environmental Report Card," (Outside Magazine, April 1999)
1998: Susan K. Perry, "The Essential Guide to L.A. Schools", Los Angeles, April 1997
1997: Michele Meyer, "The Fine Art of Packing" National Geographic Traveler
1996: Victoria Secunda, "When Your Adult Child Disappoints You" New Choices
1995: Victoria Secunda, "Giving or Taking Family Money? Mastering the Art of Family Diplomacy," New Choices

Outstanding Article Awards: Profile

These awards honor members whose articles, produced on a freelance basis, have demonstrated excellence.
2007: Sarah Richards, "Master of the Guillotine" The Walrus Magazine, May 2006
2006: Michelle Nijhuis, "Madame Butterlfy" Sierra Magazine, October 2005
2006: Jessica Seigel, "Secrets of the Bonobo Sisterhood" Ms. Magazine, Spring 2005
2005: Idelle Davidson, "The Shy Savant" Los Angeles Magazine, June 13, 2004
2004: Dan Ferber, "The Man Who Mistook His Girlfriend for a Robot" Popular Science, September 2003
2002: Florence Williams, "Roquefort Files" Outside, June 2001
1999: Ellen Parlapiano, "Helping Kids Cope With Grief" Child, February 1998
1998: Jessica Seigel, "'The Zone' Diet Wars" Los Angeles, February, 1997

Outstanding Article Awards: First Person

These awards honor members whose articles, produced on a freelance basis, have demonstrated excellence.
2005: Rebecca Skloot, "When Pets Attack", New York Magazine, October 11, 2004
2003: Paul Perry, "X Marks the Spot", National Geographic Adventure, March 2002 (Honorable Mention)
2003: Mary Collins, "Don't Have a Seat", Washington Post, March 5, 2002
2002: Andrea Cooper, "Is This is Madness", Hope, Spring 2001
2001: Andrea Cooper, "Doing the Frango",
2000: Claire Tristram, "Why I Have Never Seen the Mona Lisa Smile" by Claire Tristram (Trips Magazine, April 1999)
2000: Andrea Warren, "The Angels of Vietnam" by (The World & I, May 1999)

June Roth: Medical Article

The generosity of the late Fred Roth has made possible the establishment of the June Roth Memorial Fund in honor of his wife, the 31st president of the Society, who died in 1990. Income generated by the fund provides money awards to ASJA members for freelance articles and trade books representing exceptional achievement in the field of health and medical writing.
2007: Lisa Collier Cool, "Saving the Smallest Patients", Good Housekeeping, July 2006
2006: Lisa Collier Cool, "Could You Be Forced to Have A C-section?", Baby Talk Magazine, May 2005
2006: Linda Marsa, "Danger at the ER", Ladies' Home Journal, October 2005
2005: Robin Marantz Henig, "The Quest to Forget", The New York Times Magazines, April 4, 2004
2005: Tamara Eberlein, "Blood-Clotting Disorders", Redbook, June 2004 (Honorable mention)

2004: Melba Newsome, "Genetic Roulette", O, The Oprah Magazine, August 2003
2003: Lisa Collier Cool, "Saving Sophie", Self, December 2002
2002: Jack El-Hai, "The Lobotomist", The Washington Post magazine, February 4, 2001
2001: Marian Sandmaier, "The Breakthrough", The Family Therapy Networker
2000: Beryl Lieff Benderly, "Gene Tests: Are They for You?" (InTouch Magazine, December 1999)
1999: Richard and Joyce Wolkomir, "The Quality of Mercy" Smithsonian, April 1998
1998: Tamara Eberlein, "Too Many Babies? The Dangerous Rise of Multiple Births" Redbook , August 1996
1996: Lisa Collier Cool, "Mangled Care" Penthouse
1995: William Ecenbarger, "Intimate Strangers," Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine
1994: Janice Hopkins Tanne, "Free At Last," New York
1994: Gloria Hochman, "Prisoners of Memory," Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine
1993: Robin Marantz Henig, The Flu Pandemic: A Once and Future Menace," The New York Times Magazine

June Roth: Medical Book

2006: Katherine Eban, "Dangerous Doses"
2006: Cheryl Dellasega, "The Starving Family" (Honorable mention)
2003: Sarah Wernick with Claudia I. Henschke and Peggy McCarthy, Lung Cancer: Myths, Facts and Choices
2000: Victoria Secunda, When Madness Comes Home (Hyperion)
1997: Kathryn Black, In the Shadow of Polio: A Personal and Social History
1994: Robin Marantz Henig, The Dancing Matrix: Voyages Along the Viral Frontier (Knopf)

Robert C. Anderson Award

This award, first presented in 1992, honors an individual, a magazine editor, book editor, or other purchaser of writers' work; a teacher; or a mentor who has the unusual qualities of character possessed by our late colleague Bob Anderson. This award is for someone who goes far out of his or her way to support and encourage writers in their work, displaying outstanding humaneness, compassion, and generosity. The individual need not be a member of the Society, but only ASJA members may make nominations.
1999: Bernard Asbell
1998: None
1997: None
1996: Murray Teigh Bloom
1995: Dan Carlinsky
1994: Marvin J. Wolf
1993: none
1992: Melvin (Bud) Gardner

Career Achievement Award

2007: Claudia Dreifus
2006: Gloria Hochman
2005: Alvin and Heidi Toffler
2004: Ruth Winter
2003: Hal Higdon
2002: Bonnie Remsburg
2000: None
1999: None
1998: Ruth Gruber
1997: Betty Friedan
1996: none
1995: Murray Teigh Bloom
1994: Booton Herndon
1993: Norman M. Lobsenz
1992: Charles L. (Chuck) Cadieux

Donald Robinson Memorial Award for Investigative Journalism

A bequest from Donald Robinson, the third president of the Society, who died in 1991, has made possible the establishment of the Donald Robinson Memorial Fund, generating income which provides an annual money award to an ASJA member who has published an article, produced on a freelance basis, representing exceptional achievement in the field of investigative reporting or exposes.
2006: Salley Shannon, "Witness on Board", Los Angeles Times Magazine, July 17, 2005
2004: Trish Riley, "Toxic Schools", South Florida Parenting, April, 2003
2004: Claudia Dreifus, "Women On Death Row", Ms. Magazine, Spring, 2003 (honorable mention)
2003: Edwin Black, "Final Solutions: How IBM Helped Automate the Nazi Death Machine in Poland", Village Voice, March 27, 2002
1999: None
1998: None
1997: Lisa Collier Cool, "Welcome to Their Nightmare" Penthouse
1996: John F. Wasik, "Fraud in the Funeral Industry" Consumers Digest
1995: Dan Hurley, "Imminent Danger," Psychology Today
1994: Robin Warshaw, "The Shame of America's Board and Care Homes," New Choices
1993: None

One Small Step Award

(recognizing a modest but commendable move)
1989: McGraw-Hill, for instituting a continuing program designed to improve editor-author relations
1987: Farrar, Straus and Giroux for its decision to pay authors royalties on remaindered books

Special Awards

1987: Paulette Cooper (for Scientology fight)
1987: Bern Keating (for Copyright fight)
1986: Dr. Judith Becker and Ellen Levine (then editor-in-chief of Woman's Day ), members of the Attorney General's Commission on Pornography (the "Meese Commission"), for their courage and pursuit of truth in dissenting from the commission's report.

Special Service Award

1986: Glen Evans, for editing ASJA's The Complete Guide to Writing Nonfiction
1985: Dorothy Beach, for directing ASJA's Dial-a-Writer Service

Special Category Award

1982: Viking Penguin for providing authors with free liability insurance.

Lifetime Award

1987: Maurice Zolotow

Magazine of the Year

1990: In Health (formerly Hippocrates), Kiwanis
1989: Connoisseur
1988: New Yorker
1987: Glamour, Smithsonian
1986: none
1985: American Way
1984: Ladies' Home Journal
1983: Esquire, Working Mother
1981: Omni
1980: Parents, Geo

Editor of the Year

1998: Editor of the Year Award discontinued
1997: Maureen McFadden, Woman's Day
1996: David Sendler, New Choices

Special Mention

1987: Southern

Conscience-in-Media Award

1994: Anna Elisabeth Rosmus, real-life heroine of the film The Nasty Girl
1992: Richard Behar, associate editor, Time and author, "Scientology: The Cult of Greed" (Time , May 6, 1991)
1992: Paulette Cooper, ASJA member and author, The Scandal of Scientology
1986: Jonathan Kozol
1981: Jacopo Timerman, former Argentinean editor-publisher
1981: Erwin Knoll, editor, The Progressive
1978: Donald Woods, South African expatriate journalist
1977: Investigative Reporters and Editors
1977: Don Bolles (posthumous award)
1976: I.F. Stone
1975: Jerald F. terHorst

Open Book Award

1990: "The NEA Nine," the first nine to turn down grants from the National Endowment for the Arts in protest against the strings of censorship attached to those grants. The nine: New York Shakespeare Festival, New School for Social Research, Paris Review, Gettysburg Review, Theater for the New City, Bella Lewitzky (choreographer and director), Ferne Ackerman (choreographer), Oregon Shakespeare Festival, University of Iowa Press
1989: Viking Penguin for publishing, and members of the American Booksellers Association for continuing to sell, Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses despite extremist threats
1989: American Library Association, for exposing and opposing the FBI's nefarious "library awareness program"
1984: People for the American Way
1984: Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association
1984: National Coalition Against Censorship
1984: Media Coalition
1983: Teresa Burnau, high-school teacher
1983: Rosanne Stead, bookstore manager
1983: Nat Hentoff, Village Voice columnist
1983: Michael Sheck, high-school student
1983: Leo Melrose, librarian
1983: Faith Brunson, department-store book buyer

Extraordinary Service Award

2007: Claire Safran
2006: Brett Harvey

Notes on Awards

1991: No awards were given, owing to a reorganization of the categories and calendar.

In 1992 new awards were added and old ones were redesigned. The Robert C. Anderson Memorial Award, first presented in 1992, honors an individual who has the qualities of character possessed by ASJA's late colleague Bob Anderson. The recipient is someone who goes out of his or her way to support and encourage writers in their work. In 1993 two new awards endowed by former members of the Society were inaugurated to recognize exceptional achievement in the fields of investigative reporting and medical journalism. In 1994 ASJA established the Editor of the Year Award to honor the good work of sensitive, intelligent editors that too often goes unrewarded.

The Outstanding Article awards were divided into two categories, expanded to three in 1995 and four in 1998: first person, essay, or personal-experience; reporting on a significant topic; service article (advice, guidance, how-to); profiles.

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