Writing Award Winners

2021 Winners

Article Awards open only to Members

Blog Post

Winner: Framed: Practicing Art, Love, and Creativity in My Home by Janice Lynch Schuster
“To me, every canvas is a novel,” writes Janice Lynch Schuster, who skillfully weaves vivid stories of how family members—especially her mother and grandmother—influenced her early foray into painting and sculpture, thereby creating a vibrant picture of the art on Schuster’s walls at home and in her heart.

Honorable Mention: Treading Between Coronavirus Worlds by Dulce Zamora
At the onset of the pandemic, Dulce Zamora and her family were “drowning in an ocean of coronavirus info” as American expats in Singapore. She elevates her riveting account of the experience with imagery and ultimately—despite the “waves of chaos”—hope.

Business

Winner: Get Rich Selling Used Fashion Online—or Cry Trying by Alden Wicker, in Wired
With an engaging anecdotal lede, strong nut graf and nice kicker, this story is well-written with in-depth reporting. Using multiple sources, the story is full of facts and stats about Poshmark and its evolution while also weaving in the experiences of a Poshmark reseller.

Excellence in Reporting

Winner: Climate Change Turns the Tide on Waterfront Living by Jim Morrison, in The Washington Post Magazine
Jim Morrison’s important story highlights how discussions on the climate problem of rising tides must go beyond resilience to include retreat—and details all the implications for communities, government budgets and homeowners’ lives from pulling back from the waterfront. Morrison writes a compelling narrative on an issue many in U.S. coastal communities may eventually face, which lingers with readers long after.

First-Person Essay

Winner: Dead Weight by Claire O’Brien, in Hippocampus Magazine
Claire O’Brien’s deft slice-of-life essay gives readers a peek into a fascinating and difficult job: death investigator. It’s filled with human insight and just the right details; it moves at a fast pace through what could feel like tangents in less capable hands, but blends together into a seamless narrative here about suicide and its aftermath. This piece stays with readers and leaves us wanting the rest of the story, so it’s great to learn that it’s part of a larger project to come.

Honorable Mention: Sight and Insight by Liane Kupferberg Carter, in Longreads
Liane Kupferberg Carter has strabismus, also known as a lazy eye. Her essay flows through her life and depicts what living with this issue has been like: difficult, when she’s been bullied by both kids and adults; full of love, when she meets her husband and builds a life with him; and insightful, as the title states. Her writing covers her emotions, her pain, her love, and what she learns from it. To find out her insight, be sure to read it—the essay is worth it.

Health

Winner: Adult Women Struggle With Eating Disorders, Too. Here’s Why Treatment Looks Different by Beth Howard, in Prevention
Beth Howard explores an infrequently discussed fact: Eating disorders are surprisingly common among women in middle age. Howard’s reporting includes the perspectives of experts, delves into research on the topic, and shares the thoughts of women recovering from eating disorders. When considered in the context of so many women losing work, becoming responsible for at-home school, and all the other stresses of 2020, Howard’s piece is particularly interesting and poignant.

How-To

Winner: Talking to Kids about Race, by Heather Greenwood Davis, in National Geographic
This story is not only an important topic, but timely, well-reported and beautifully and sensitively written, including specific examples and serviceable how-to advice for parents.

Lifestyle

Winner: The Case of the Autographed Corpse by Jack El-Hai, for Smithsonian Magazine
Jack El-Hai’s story of how the author of the Perry Mason series came to the defense of an Apache shaman wrongfully convicted of murder is gripping, beautifully researched and written, unfolding like the true crime mysteries we love. One jurist said, “I liked it because it combines history with prevalent issues like race, culture and social justice.” Jack’s subject would make a great screen play or documentary.

Profile

Winner: Liminal Spaces by Zachary Petit, in Writer’s Digest
Zachary Petit’s profile of Erik Larson grabs the reader with an engaging lede. The whole article is organized around a single question that pulls you through as he reaches for answers. Petit uses a style that mirrors Erik Larson’s own—thorough and vivid, with precise, strong language—tightly woven and deliberately written. The piece is immersive and evocative: You feel like you’re right there with Larson.
 
Honorable Mention: This Bird Survived Because She Never Quit by John Moir, in Audubon Magazine
John Moir brings his subject sympathetically to life from the opening paragraph. The story is deeply researched and developed, with authoritative sources and revealing, telling details. We have an animated and absorbing portrait of a modest yet dedicated scientist still contributing to her profession at age 90.

Reported Essay

Winner: Your ‘Surge Capacity’ is Depleted—It’s Why You Feel Awful by Tara Haelle, in Elemental
The pandemic was personal, and Tara Haelle elevated the reported essay form by illuminating deeper currents of human resilience and response to what most of us encountered for the first time. Strong reporting married a transparent and compassionate point of view to propel this reported essay to the top spot as the clear winner.

Science

Winner: The Butterfly and the Blaze by Matthew LaPlante and Jacob Stuivenvolt Allen, in Eugene Weekly
This story is so skillfully put together, with a compelling narrative that conveys a complicated scientific topic that has significant implications as we move deeper into the climate crisis.



Technology

Winner: Collision, by Bhavya Dore, in FiftyTwo
Bhavya Dore has skillfully crafted a compelling narrative that kept judges engaged from beginning to end. Dore incorporates highly technical information into the story line without
dimming the impact of the primary theme—a breakdown in communications that triggered the airliner crash. Dore clearly illustrated the complications of different spoken languages with technology—and how technology can help overcome those complications.

Trade

Winner: How Manipulating Rodent Memories Can Elucidate Neurological Function by Amber Dance, in TheScientist 
This is a stunner of a feature, expertly crafted. Amber Dance draws the reader in with excellent storytelling while simultaneously educating them, explaining some complex science in language simple enough for lay people to understand. While a specialized topic, we found it to be an accessible, enlightening and fascinating read.



Travel

Winner: Sunrise Kingdom by Meg Lukens Noonan, in Coastal Living
Meg Lukens Noonan takes a commonplace destination—the state of Rhode Island—and turns it into a magical land, where rabbits stand at attention and the sea air lends flavor to the stuffed clams. She captivates her readers by weaving the tone of an obscure Wes Anderson film into her visit to the southern New England shore, blending firsthand experience, personal profiles, and local lore to reveal the mystique of the seaside culture.

Article Awards open to the public

Fitness & Sports

Winner: The Surprising Role Sports Played in Women’s Suffrage by Haley Shapley, in Teen Vogue
Haley Shapley’s well-researched and well-written story is rich with details that brought the characters to life—a potentially difficult task, given that the events are long past and the principals now deceased. It is particularly timely, given the current intertwining of athletics (both male and female) and activism.

Food & Drink

Winner: Asafoetida’s Lingering Legacy Goes Beyond Aroma, by Vidya Balachander, in Whetstone Magazine
This is a beautifully written piece exploring the spice. The writer strikes an intriguing balance between her personal experience and history, anthropology and politics. A fantastic piece combining in-depth research and skillful writing.

Opinion/Op-Ed

Winner: Why It’s Important to Push Back on ‘Plandemic’—And How to Do It by Tara Haelle, in Forbes.com 
Tara Haelle’s deep dive into the big issue of coronavirus disinformation is comprehensive and compelling, a thoughtful guide for thinking people whose Facebook friends got suckered in. It’s a smart piece that touches on a fresh, new concept and terminology that is a pervasive part of our lives. Like any stellar op-ed, it ticks the “So What?” and “Why Should I Care?” boxes in a deft and engaging way.

The Arlene Award for an Article That Made A Differenc

The Arlenes: Articles That Make a Difference

Winner: We Need to Talk About What Coronavirus Recoveries Look Like by Fiona Lowenstein, in The New York Times
Fiona Lowenstein, a 26-year-old freelance writer and COVID-survivor, wrote this op-ed about the long-term implications of the novel virus, which inspired the formation of one of the first COVID-patient support groups, now 18,000 members strong. Members formed an internationally recognized patient-led research group that meets regularly with the CDC and has helped author its website pages on long-term COVID effects. They have testified to the World Health Organization and the National Institutes of Health and co-authored a letter to Congress that resulted in an allocation of $1.15 billion in funding for NIH research into long-term COVID effects. Ed Yong, influential health and science reporter for The Atlantic, wrote that the article had “seismic impact.”

The Donald Robinson Memorial Award for Investigative Journalism

Winner: “It’s a national tragedy”: What a Devastating Covid-19 Outbreak at a California Slaughterhouse Reveals About the Federal Government’s Failed Pandemic Response by Nick Roberts and Rosa Amanda Tuiran, in The Counter
More than a gotcha story about a single meatpacking plant, this piece takes a broader look at how the system to protect workers—in meatpacking plants or otherwise—is broken. It succeeds by painting a nuanced picture, demonstrating how both the company and the government fell short.

Book Awards

Biography

Winner: The Unanswered Letter: One Holocaust Family’s Desperate Plea for Help by Faris Cassell
This beautifully written book, the product of many years of research, skillfully combines history and biography, using the stories of particular individuals to illuminate a tragic and pivotal era of history in Germany, Austria and the United States. In addition to penetrating insights into deep moral and emotional questions, it offers new information on an aspect of Holocaust history in both Europe and the United States that has received little attention and may surprise many Americans. Beyond all that, it is a gripping read.

Children (Book)

Winner: Sea Otters, A Survival Story by Isabelle Groc
This engaging and informative book for middle grade readers details sea otters’ lives and their impact on the ecosystem and makes the reader care about these creatures and their future. Sidebars about scientists in the field provide more information about the science of the ecosystem and may serve to encourage future marine scientists.

Honorable Mention: Strange Sea Creatures by Erich Hoyt
Erich Hoyt engages his readers with fascinating, well-researched facts about sea creatures of all sizes, from the surface to the sea bottom and everywhere in between. Each entry is a writing gem, and the stunning photography is a welcome bonus.

General Nonfiction (Book)

Winner: Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor
The masterful combination of storytelling and research, written in a consistently readable style, whether when relating individuals’ stories or explaining scientists’ work, draws the reader into the author’s own ten-year journey to restorative breathing. James Nestor, while going through a rough patch, followed the recommendation of his doctor to attend a class on Sudarshan Kriya, a rhythmic breathing technique invented by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in the 1980s. Any initial skeptical response to the narrative turns into thinking about how to apply this knowledge about how to breathe as our ancestors did.

Memoir/Autobiography

Winner: Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir by Natasha Trethewey
A haunting and compelling story, beautifully written, with a poet’s attention to words. From the author’s intimate, personal voice we are made to feel all that she experiences and journey with her through pain, loss, grief and resilience.

Service (Book)

Winner: Attainable Sustainable: The Lost Art of Self-Reliant Living by Kris Bordessa
In clear, down-to-earth language, Kris Bordessa delivers a timely and beautiful book that offers a lifetime of guidance on how to be more self-sufficient for reasons of health, satisfaction and happiness. Attainable Sustainable offers a solid foundation for practicing the necessary skills and crafts or just the ability to dabble among dozens of how-to topics. The book’s presentation and photographs are gorgeous, thanks to publisher National Geographic, but Attainable Sustainable is far more than a pretty facade. It’s practical and sensible, which is exactly what a stellar service book should be.


2020 Winners

Article Awards open only to Members

Blog Post/Personal: “The Emotional Debris from An Abusive Father” by Margie Goldsmith in CoveyClub.com. WHAT THE JUDGES SAID:  Goldsmith’s moving personal recollection hits the right tone about a disturbing topic. She brings us on her journey, showing us how she found mercy along with a new inner strength. Graceful writing and memorable commentary. 

Business/Marketing: “How Sovereign Citizens Helped Swindle $1 Billion From the Government They Disavow” by Ashley Powers in The New York Times. WHAT THE JUDGES SAID: This story kicks off with an attention-grabbing conspiracy element, then plunges into a fraud that’s robbing taxpayers and exploiting the vulnerable, all woven together with deep reporting and laudable storytelling.
Honorable mention: “How Origami is Revolutionizing Industrial Design,” by Jim Morrison in SmithsonianMag.com. WHAT THE JUDGES SAID: Who knew that origami is used to solve for design challenges in medicine, homeland security and even space exploration? This is a fascinating story, well told. 

Excellence in Reporting: Shot in the Dark by Laura Beil in Texas Monthly. WHAT THE JUDGES SAID: Beil mixes compelling anecdotes with strong data to show that much of stem cell treatment is untested or not approved, and many unsuspecting people are duped and harmed by its promoters. 

First Person Essays: “Still Life with Dick Van Dyke” by Marian Sandmaier in The Pennsylvania Gazette.WHAT THE JUDGES SAID: Sandmaier lets us share nervousness as she, 24 and a new, rather hesitant journalist, quakes before interviewing Dick Van Dyke, then at the height of his fame, only to discover that Van Dyke was the shyer of the two.  

Health Articles: “When Measles Arrives: Breaking Down the Anatomy of Containment” by Apoorva Mandavilli in Spectrum. WHAT THE JUDGES SAID:  Truly excellent reporting and graceful writing combine in this timely story about being prepared for epidemics. Mandavilli delves into the shortcomings and vulnerabilities in our government public health agencies, and the critical importance of rapid response.  
Honorable mention“Our Skulls Are Out Evolving Us and That Could Mean A Public Health Crisis” by Katherine Lewis in onezero.medium.com
WHAT THE JUDGES SAID: This gripping story introduces readers to an improbable collection of scientists from different disciplines who have joined forces to develop pediatric recommendations and protocols for a new problem.

How-to Articles: “How to Teach Consent to Boys — Without Shaming Them” by Jennifer Fink in YourTeenMag.com. WHAT THE JUDGES SAID: This thoughtful, thought-provoking article approaches #MeToo-related concerns from a unique perspective: Jennifer Fink sensitively but honestly shares an experience from her own son’s life to shed light on why the attitude that “boys will be boys” can no longer be tolerated at any age. 
Honorable mention: “How to Bullyproof Your Child” by Estelle Erasmus in The New York Times. WHAT THE JUDGES SAID: Using what happened to her child and herself many years before, Erasmus finds a method that not only disarms bullies but helps children become independent thinkers, capable of tackling problems by themselves.  

The June Roth Memorial Award for an Outstanding Medical Article: Bite Marks” by Bobbi Dempsey in Harper’s Magazine. WHAT THE JUDGES SAID: Each praised the taut, powerful writing; the strong use of pertinent data to advance the narrative; and the importance of covering a widespread and largely overlooked problem in America.

Lifestyle Articles: “The Survival of Japan’s Music Rests on Artificial Ivory” by Rachel Nuwer in BBC Future. WHAT THE JUDGES SAID: There can be more to a conflict than meets the eye. Rachel Nuwer’s comprehensive, compelling article shows us how the use of ivory in traditional Japanese instruments puts the preservation of cultural traditions at odds with preservation of endangered wildlife, and how musicians and scientists are responding to the dilemma. 
Honorable mention: “Secret Life of a Mermaid” by Maureen O’Hagan in Narratively. WHAT THE JUDGES SAID: Cleverly written and fast-paced, “Secret Life of a Mermaid” brings to life a culture alien to most of us while reminding us that the human need to be accepted is universal. 

Profile Articles: Randy Rainbow’s Witty World” by Margaret Engel in The Washington Post Magazine. WHAT THE JUDGES SAID: This impeccably written piece does everything a good profile should: it tells the story of Randy Rainbow, flowing seamlessly between past and present, while also illuminating why the reader should care (even if they’ve never heard of him) and where he fits in the greater contexts of society, entertainment, and politics. Hands down the best writing of all the entries.

Reported Essays: How can I wean my children off their new habit of playing ‘musical beds’?” by Sarika Chawla in The Washington Post.WHAT THE JUDGES SAID: Chawla’s outstanding essay insightfully blends research about the parental practice of bed-sharing alongside her own personal experiences and insight. 
Honorable mention“The silver Christmas tree, an icon of Space Age kitsch, turns 60” by Kate Silver in The Washington Post. WHAT THE JUDGES SAID: Silver’s musings about the Evergleam, a now-collectible aluminum tree her grandfather had a hand in creating, charmed the judges with its combination of personal storytelling, history, and nostalgia.

Science: “A Significant Problem” by Lydia Denworth  in Scientific American. WHAT THE JUDGES SAID: The issue of p values and p hacking to the integrity of scientific research is neither sexy nor fun, but Denworth’s article makes it approachable and understandable. We think it should be required reading for young researchers and graduate students. 

Technology: “Social Media Has Not Destroyed a Generation” by Lydia Denworth

Trade: “Opioid Crisis Spurs New Strategies for Cancer Pain” by Darcy Lewis in OncLive.com. WHAT THE JUDGES SAID: Lewis smartly describes how care professionals, insurers and pharmacists have changed treatment of cancer pain in light of the opioid crisis. She backs fact with numbers, but never gets bogged down in the appalling statistics of the national tragedy.  

Travel: “How Palermo Became a Host to African Refugees” by Ashley Powers writing in Airbnb Magazine. WHAT THE JUDGES SAID: Ashley Powers’ well-crafted article evokes Palermo’s multicultural past as it speaks of present-day young refugees striving for a better life.  
Honorable mention: “The Risky Fame of a Rare Island Wildcat” by Rachel Nuwer in Hakai Magazine. WHAT THE JUDGES SAID: In her even-handed and beautifully written article, Rachel Nuwer explores the complicated cultural and economic relationships that develop when a rare species creates a growing tourism industry on a once-isolated island. 

Article Awards open to the public

Fitness & Sports: “Women Deserve to Run Without Fear” by Christine Yu in Runner’s World. WHAT THE JUDGES SAID: It’s a well-written and necessary piece, addressing an important topic with good details and quotes. 

Food & Drink:  “Please Don’t Call This Cultured Nugget ‘Lab Meat” by Jenny Splitter in Popular Mechanics. WHAT THE JUDGES SAID: The judges loved that this story took complicated science and put it in a readable format for people without that specialized knowledge. It also explored a new, unique topic, and did it in an engaging and informative way.

Opinion/Op-Eds: “Chernobyl, the HBO miniseries: Fact and Fiction” by Robert Peter Gale in The Cancer Letter. Nominated by Katie Goldberg. WHAT THE JUDGES SAID: Gale’s series is fortified by his firsthand experience with one of mankind’s worst calamities. He provides unsparing detail, outstanding insight, and intense perspective as he sorts fact from fiction as presented by HBO’s 2019 miniseries.

The Arlene Award for an Article That Made A Difference: How Japan Undermines Efforts to Stop the Illegal Ivory Trade” by Rachel Nuwer in National Geographic. WHAT THE JUDGES SAID: Nuwer’s story was a well-reported and compelling account of how Japan enabled the global ivory trade as a result of lax regulations. In response to her article, Japan tightened its oversight and Yahoo! Japan, the country’s largest on-line ivory retailer, agreed to stop carrying ivory listings on its platform.

The Donald Robinson Memorial Award for Investigative Journalism: Worse Than a Death Sentence” by Rohini Mohan in Type Investigations/Vice News. WHAT THE JUDGES SAID: The article sheds light on India’s opaque Foreigners Tribunals through which millions of Muslim residents are being stripped of Indian citizenship. Using excellent investigative methods, including getting previously unreleased documents from some courts, Mohan produced important work on a crucial topic.

Book Awards

Biography/History Books: The Lost Brothers by Jack El-Hai, University of Minnesota Press. WHAT THE JUDGES SAID: Jack El-Hai’s The Lost Brothers reads like a fast-paced thriller as it explores the history of the mystifying disappearance of three young Minneapolis boys in 1951. El-Hai brings to life in vivid detail the boys and their family, as well as the law enforcement personnel who tried for years to solve this baffling case. Top-notch story telling.
Honorable MentionBattle for the Marble Palace: Abe Fortas, Earl Warren, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and the Forging of the Modern Supreme Court by Michael Bobelian, Schaffner Press. WHAT THE JUDGES SAID: Michael Bobelian tells the stories of Supreme Court nominations since 1964, and how each has shaped the court and our nation. Not an easy topic, but his splendid research and clear writing make this book an easy read. 

Children’s Books/Young Adult Books: Enemy Child, the Story of Norman Mineta, a Boy Imprisoned in a Japanese American Internment Camp During World War II by Andrea Warren, published by Holiday House. WHAT THE JUDGES SAID: Warren tells the story of how the United States wronged its own citizens during World War II. She weaves grim details of camp life with the matter-of-fact, glass-half-full memories of this decorated veteran, senator and Secretary of Transportation. The book doesn’t preach, but Warren makes it clear this injustice should never be repeated.
Honorable MentionEclipse Chaser, Science in the Moon’s Shadow by Ilima Loomis, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. WHAT THE JUDGES SAID: Likely to inspire a new generation of eclipse-chasers, Loomis’ book shares the excitement of Shadia Habbal, an eclipse chaser, during her study of the 2017 solar eclipse. Informative sidebars explain the science as the narrative unfolds. 

General Non-Fiction Books: Bottle of Lies: the Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom” by Katherine Eban, Harper Collins. WHAT THE JUDGES SAID: This brilliantly reported, beautifully written book tells how our health is compromised for profit. Bottle of Lies is as important for our times as Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring was for hers. Eban has produced a work of monumental value.

Memoir/Autobiography Books: Your Heart, My Hands: An Immigrant’s Remarkable Journey to Become One of America’s Preeminent Cardiac Surgeons” by Arun K. Singh, MD, with John Hanc, published by Center Street. WHAT THE JUDGES SAID: This hard-to-put-down book is a modern immigrant’s tale, wonderfully told. 

Service/Self-Help Books: Sex After Grief: Navigating Your Sexuality After Losing Your Beloved by Joan Price, Mango Publishing Group. WHAT THE JUDGES SAID: Although the book is for a particular set of people, there’s wisdom in it for anyone who has ever grappled with grief or with not feeling like a sexual being. The writing is clear, concise, and yet also comforting. 


2019 Winners

Article Awards open only to Members

June Roth Memorial Award for an Outstanding Medical Article: A Surgeon So Bad It Was Criminal” by Laura Beil, writing in ProPublica. The judges said “Step by horrifying step, Beil’s extensive reporting shows us an incompetent neurosurgeon and the colleagues and hospitals that knew of mangled and dead patients, yet did nothing because neurosurgery is a huge ‘profit center.’”

Outstanding Blog Post: “Pittsburgh: Never Again? Just Words” by Eugene Meyer, which appeared in the blog bearing his name. The judges said “We liked how Meyer thoughtfully compared past pogroms to the Tree of Life synagogue shooting.  Structurally, the post was concise, and each element flowed naturally to the next.” 

Outstanding Business Article: “The Factory That Oreos Built” by Katherine Martinelli, published in Smithsonian Magazine. The judges said “This is a mouth-watering story about the history and questionable future of New York City’s Oreo factory turned Google complex. The article richly describes how the building morphed into a tech hub that preservationists fear may harm the neighborhood.”

Excellence in Reporting Article: “Waste Land, Promised Land, Refugee farmers replant hope in post-hurricane Houston” by Kimberly Meyer, writing in Orion Magazine. The judges said “Our winning story reads more like a novel than what it is: a deep look at a  community gardening program for refugees. The writing is crisp, descriptive, compelling. (Make this into a book, Kim Meyers!)
Honorable Mention: “On The Other Side” by Ann Babe, writing in The California Sunday Magazine. The judges said “This robust narrative starts as many like it have done: we see a teenager and her mother flee North Korea and build new lives. But, no happy ending here. Babe shows us that the deprivation scars within a person never heal.” 

Outstanding Personal Essay: “Your Leaving” by Laura Laing, published in Consequence: An International Literary Magazine Focusing on the Culture of War. The judges said “Laing’s essay, which was always descriptive and at times, downright lyrical, tackles how their relationship altered when her partner was deployed to a combat region.”
Honorable Mention: “The Reality of Empty Arms, a Father on the Grief of Stillbirth” by Todd Pitock, published in Noted. The judges said “With beautifully detailed, evocative writing, Pitock’s essay helps us understand the immediate pain of a stillbirth, and also the longing that persists even after much time has passed.” 

Outstanding Health Article: “Inside the Power Clinics” by Maya Kroth, appearing in Medium. The judges said “From the opening anecdote to the final poignant point, Kroth spotlights a politically charged health issue, anti-abortion clinics hiding in plain sight. The included legal information widens the article’s reach.”  
Honorable Mention: “Transgender College Students’ Health Care is Far From Guaranteed” by Donna Jackel, writing in The Progressive. The judges said “Using geographically broad sources and a compelling mix of real people and experts, Jackel gives a concise, dramatic overview of the legal travails these students face.”

Outstanding How-To Article: “Couponing for a Cause” by Laura Daily, appearing in the TheWashington Post. The judges said: “Daily’s clear writing and reporting puts a fresh, surprising spin on an overdone and unremarkable subject. Many readers will undoubtedly be moved to action.” 

Outstanding Lifestyle Article: Arab and Coming Out in Art That Speaks Up” by Michael T. Luongo, appearing in The New York Times. The judges said “In his eye-opening story about the growing number of Arab LGBT artists incorporating sexual identity in their work, Luongo’s well-chosen interviews lend historical perspective on discrimination and a nuanced look at the very human issues involved.“

Outstanding Profile Article: The Rigors of Success” by Julia M. Klein, appearing in The Pennsylvania Gazette. The judges said “Klein’s elegant, fast-paced story illustrates everything a profile should be. She provides a nuanced portrait while simultaneously providing the complex context. This was the unanimous choice of six judges.”

Outstanding Reported Essay: “What Are We Doing Here? Drought, Dread, and Family in the American Southwest” by Cally Carswell, writing in High Country News. The judges said “Carswell’s stellar reported essay is a skillful synthesis of personal memoir and environmental reporting.  It’s braided with rich details and told in compelling language.” 

Outstanding Science or Technology Article: “Clicks, Lies and Videotape” by Brooke Borel, writing in Scientific American. The judges said “Borel wades into a complicated, fast-moving topic, the intersection of artificial intelligence and how using it may violate privacy and erode public trust. This comprehensive look at the tech involved is a must-read.” 

Outstanding Trade Article: “Fighters: Veterinary Professionals Face Unique Challenges While Undergoing Cancer Treatments” by Jen Reeder, writing in Trends Magazine. The judges said: “Reeder’s story thoroughly explores an unresolved struggle, giving us important information in a succinct and engaging way.”

Travel: “In Chad, the Elephants (So Many Elephants) Are Back” by Rachel Love Nuwer, writing in The New York Times. The judges said “Nuwer’s beautifully paced narrative strikes a balance between first-person travel experience and insightful reporting on a little-known country that may well become a destination site.”  
Honorable Mention: “Cold Comfort” by Todd Pitock, appearing in the Saturday Evening Post. The judges said “We were all drawn to the lovely storytelling and detailed reporting within Pitock’s piece.  Only exceptional writing can make a story about an ice hotel soar.”

Article Awards open to the public

The Arlene Eisenberg Award for an Article that made a difference: “A Star Surgeon Left a Trail of Dead Patients — and his Whistleblowers Are Punished” by Eve Herold, appearing in Leapsmag.com. The judges said “Harold’s story reveals a new aspect of a medical fraud that’s had lots of press: how blatantly now-fired scientists worked at killing the careers and grant hopes of four truth-telling young doctors. The article is helping right that wrong.”

The Donald Robinson Prize for Investigative Journalism: “Dog Fight: Dog rescuers, flush with donations, buy animals from the breeders they scorn” by Kim Kavin, appearing in The Washington Post. The judges said “This exhaustively researched article turned a powerful light on what everyone assumed was a good deed — until Kavin showed us that it isn’t. The story is an example of the very best investigative journalism.” 

Outstanding Fitness & Sports Article: “Saudi Women Will Run the Kingdom” by Michelle Hamilton, appearing in Runner’s World. The judges said “Hamilton combines fitness with the ways social change affects all sports and especially, Saudi women runners. Her easy-going style draws you in and the unexpected social commentary keeps you reading.” 

Outstanding Food & Drink Article winner: “Black Nightshade and the Bierocks, Connecting to my Volga German ancestors through recipes” by Heather Arndt Anderson, writing in The Oregon Humanities Magazine. The judges said “this beautifully written, engaging piece explores a hidden culinary history of Portland, Oregon. The writer strikes a fine balance between her personal story and historical fact.” 
Honorable Mention: Black Gold from Tank to Table” by Andrea Cooper, writing in Roads & Kingdoms and reprinted in The Guardian. The judges said “Cooper’s story about caviar, and especially North Carolina caviar, offers intelligent, comprehensive coverage of the latest developments in providing and marketing the food of kings.” 

Outstanding Opinion/Op Ed Article: Anti-Vaccine Activists Have Taken Vaccine Science Hostage” by Melinda Wenner Moyer, published in The New York Times Sunday opinion section. The judges said “Moyer argues that scientists should not self-censor because they fear that unexpected or controversial results will rouse the anti-vaxxers. Her command of the subject is deep and impressive.”

Book Awards

Book Awards Open to the Public

The Arlene Eisenberg Award for a Book That Made a Difference:  The Dog Merchants: Inside the Big Business of Breeders, Pet Stores, and Rescuers”  by Kim Kavin, published by Pegasus Books. The judges said “Man’s best friend couldn’t have a better advocate than Kim Kavin. The Dog Merchants is a disturbing, definitive exploration of mass production dog breeding and selling, and Kavin braved death threats to produce it. Her book has inspired revisions in both state and federal laws, plus a host of other changes. 

Book Awards Open to ASJA Members

The June Roth Memorial Award for an Outstanding Medical Book: The Informed Parent, A Science-based Resource for your Child’s First Four Years” by Tara Haelle and Emily Willingham, PhD., published by TeacherPerigree, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. The judges said “Women contemplating pregnancy and mothers — even experienced ones — will find The Informed Parent authoritative and reassuring. The format is accessible and the research base is solid and easy to verify.” 

Outstanding Biography/History book: Five for Freedom: The African American Soldiers in John Brown’s Army by Eugene L. Meyer, published by the Chicago Review Press. The judges said “Meyer’s impressive research turned up never-before-revealed stories about five African American men whom history has ignored — until now.  Interviews with some of the men’s descendents is an unusual and welcome addition.” 

Outstanding Children/Young Adult Nonfiction book: “Vaccination Investigation: the History and Science of Vaccines” by Tara Haelle, published by the Lerner Publishing Group, Inc. The judges said “Weaving together science and history, Haelle offers an engaging, thoughtful exploration of an essential medical treatment.  She aptly explains this complicated subject for middle and high school students.”

Outstanding General Nonfiction book: “Poached: Inside the Dark World of Wildlife Trafficking” by Rachel Love Nuwer, published by Da Capo Press.  The judges said “Nuwer’s first-hand accounts of animal cruelty are riveting, heart-breaking and at times, stomach-turning. There is nothing more powerful than ‘I was there. This is what I heard and saw.’” (Also, we’re glad she didn’t get herself killed!)
Honorable Mention: The Good News About Bad Behavior: Why Kids are Less Disciplined Than Ever — And What To Do About It” by Katherine Reynolds Lewis, published by PublicAffairs, an imprint of the Hachette Book Group. The judges said “All parents want to teach their children how to become responsible adults, but some days, you just want a way to get them into bed on time.  Lewis’s book offers tested advice on how to do both.” 

Outstanding Memoir/Autobiography book: Let Your Mind Run: A memoir of thinking my way to victory by Deena Kastor with Michelle Hamilton, published by Crown Archetype, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. The judges said “the book weaves together reflection and reality in a fresh, compelling narrative arc.  We see the author’s growth during the course of her journey.” 

Outstanding Service/Self-help book: “The Byline Bible: Get Published in Five Weeks by Susan Shapiro, published by Writer’s Digest Books. The judges said “Have Shapiro’s book on your shelf for times when your creativity needs a jolt. It’s clear, direct, and filled with information for many types and levels of writers.”

2018 Winners

Article Awards open only to Members

Blog Post/Personal: “A Better Excuse than ‘The Dog Ate My Homework’” by Martin Hirsch. Judges said “We found the post empathetic, well-constructed and entertaining — a great example of the very thing that drives readers to invest their time reading stranger’s blogs.” 

Business/Technology/Science: “The Blood of the Crab” by Caren Chesler, writing in Popular Mechanics. Judges said “A multi-layered story line and a beautiful, precise narrative about the use of horseshoe crab blood in medicine made Chesler’s story stand out, despite the high caliber of entres.”
Honorable Mention: “The Uncertain Future of Puffin for Dinner” by Cheryl Katz, published in Hakai Magazine. “Katz’s lovely writing combined lively interviews, Icelandic history and the island’s uncertain future due to climate challenges.”

Excellence in Reporting: “Journey to Gunland” by Melinda Wenner Moyer, writing in Scientific American.  Judges said “Moyer engaged deeply with varied sources, and her writing style was engaging and clear. Truly an excellent piece of writing.” 
Honorable Mention: “Protecting Negative Heritage in Rwanda” by JoAnn Greco, published in The Pennslyvania Gazette. Judges said “Greco helped us see the idea of heritage in a new way through her engaging storytelling and reporting.”

First Person Experience Article or Essay: “Drinking Chai to Savannah: Reflections on Identity, Inclusion and Power in the South” by Anjali Enjeti, writing in Longreads. Judges said “Enjeti recalls a traumatic racist incident she experienced as a teen. Her command of language, imagery, characterization and pacing allows us to feel her ambivalence about her homeland and her terror when she faces everyday racism in America.”

Health and Fitness: “When drinkers suffer liver disease, should getting a transplant be so hard?” by Alexandra Fleming, published in The Washington Post. Judges said “Fleming’s article does an outstanding job of framing an issue that is only going to intensify.  We are impressed by the number of voices she incorporated.”
Honorable Mention: “How Anti-Choice Lawmakers Are Getting Around Roe v. Wade” by Sarika Chawla, published in Vice Tonic. Judges said “We are impressed by the article’s social relevance and immediacy. She did a wonderful job of pulling in diverse and relevant statistics and untangling the horribly confusing web of state laws.”

How-to Article:  “College Advice I Wish I’d Taken” by Susan Shapiro, writing in The New York Times. Judges said “This piece isn’t a list of recommendations so much as it is an honest, intimate look at her younger self.  The down-to-earth language and humorous tone will engage everyone.”
Honorable Mention: “The Special Bond of Older Dogs and Older Owners: Money-saving ‘Seniors for Seniors’ pet adoption programs are gaining popularity” by Jen Reeder, published in PBS’s Next Avenue.org. “Great research, tightly written, and relevant to all animal lovers and those in the nonprofit world.”

June Roth Award for a Medical Article: “Deserted” by Melinda Wenner Moyer, published in Women’s Health.  Judges said “Moyer’s beautifully written and deeply reported investigation exposes a little known public health threat: how the nationwide shortage of dermatologists can delay a diagnosis of melanoma.  It clearly explains how economic forces affect access to care.”
Honorable Mention: “After the ICU” by Kenneth Miller, writing in Prevention. Judges said “Miller masterfully crafted a piece illuminating a little-known threat: what you can catch in an ICU.  He poignantly tells of his own father, who slipped into “ICU psychosis,” a condition that can lead to permanent impairment.” 

Lifestyle: “A Japanese Baseball Tour: The Healing Power of Baseball in Japan” by Todd Pitock, published in Travel & Leisure Magazine. Judges said “‘Baseball in Japan’ is a comprehensive tale that masterfully captures the pleasure and passion the Japanese have for their national sport. It smoothly interweaves travel notes with historical perspective.”
Honorable Mention: “Quest for Gray Ghost: Tracking the Snow Leopard in Ladakh” by Jill Robinson, writing in The San Francisco Chronicle. Judges said “Robinson combines a compelling travel story with vivid description.  Her story is well-constructed, beautifully written and has a great ending.”

Opinion/Op-Ed: “The Wealthy Are Poised for the End of the World” by Lara Kristen Herndon, writing in CommonEdge.org. Judges said “Smart, insightful and sprinkled with clever turns of phrase, this story explores a fascinating, relatively uncovered topic and shatters the image of “preppers” as camo-wearing guys in rural America.”
Honorable Mention: A Kindness While Dying by John Moir, published in Catamaran Literary Reader. “Judges said “Concerns about end-of-life care aren’t a new topic, but the focus and moving details of this story brought more than one judge to tears.”  

Profiles“In Pursuit of Justice” by Julia M. Klein, writing in The Pennsylvania Gazette. Judges said “In addition to solid reporting about the pursuit of Nazi war criminals, this compelling narrative chronicles the Justice Department’s Eli Rosenbaum’s own tragic family history during World War II.”
Honorable Mention: “Homeland Insecurity” by Jack El-Hai, published in the Minnesota Alumni Magazine. “This beautifully crafted profile tells of an exceptionally talented Black alumni who spent 30 years in Russia because his opportunities in the U.S. were limited.”

Trade: “When the Target of Bias is the Doctor” by Robin Warshaw, writing in AAMCNews. Judges said “Warshaw took on a difficult subject, reported on it impressively and offered stunning, painful anecdotes that drove home her point.  She also outlines possible cures.”  

Article Awards open to the public

The Arlene Award for an Article that Makes a Difference: When Hurricane Warnings Are Lost in Translation” by Terena Bell, writing in The Atlantic.  Judges said “Bell’s timely, smart article is a powerful example of how the act of reporting on a problem can become part of the solution. We loved that her story inspired potentially life-saving action almost immediately.”

The Donald Robinson Memorial Award for Investigative Journalism: “The Watson Files” by Laura Heaton, published in ForeignPolicy.com. Judges said “Before he vanished, British scientist Murray Watson developed a plan to restore forests in Somalia. This highly readable, important story tells us how Watson’s blueprint for climate adaptation was rediscovered, and the hope it represents for similarly challenged locations.”

Book Awards

Biography/History: Through a Glass, Darkly: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the Quest to Solve the Greatest Mystery of All” by Stefan Bechtel and Laurence Roy Stains. Published by St. Martin’s Press. Judges said “You can’t fail to note the masterful management of a huge amount of research and the ability of two authors working together to create a voice that was clear, authoritative and personalized.”

Children/Young Adult Nonfiction: 50 Wacky Things Animals Do” by Tricia Martineau Wagner. Published by Quarto Publishing Group, USA.  Judges said “Engaging and fun!  Facts leap off the page to tickle both your funny bone and your curiosity — no matter what your age.”    
Honorable Mention: “The Encyclopedia of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises by Erich Hoyt, published by Firefly Press (US, Canada, UK.) Judges said “The depth of the author’s background knowledge and research is readily apparent in this gorgeous, mesmerizing book.”

General Nonfiction:  Little Soldiers: An American Boy, A Chinese School and the Global Race to Achieve” by Lenora Chu, published by HarperCollins Books, NYC. Judges said “Chu’s perspective is heartfelt, funny and revealing as she, a Chinese-American mom, watches as her child is transplanted into China’s educational assembly line. The book is a unique cultural window.”
Honorable Mention: “The Book of Noticing: Collections and Connections on the Trail” by Katherine Hauswirth, published by Homebound Publications, Pawcatuck, CT. Judges said “Hauswirth’s poking about in her home’s rural landscape is a delight.  She is a gifted naturalist and a skilled story-spinner.”

Memoirs/ Biography/ Autobiography: At the Broken Places: A Mother and Trans Son Pick Up the Pieces by Mary Collins, published by Beacon Press. Judges said “Lovely writing, a highly relevant story, and overall, the book is timely, important and well-thought-out.”  

Service/self-help: Thriftstyle: the Ultimate Bargain Shopper’s Guide to Smart Fashion” by Allison Engel, Reise Moore and Margaret Engel, published by Imagine Books. Judges said “It’s a standout, with terrific ideas on where and how to shop, repairs, and photos showing how to put outfits together.”

CONSCIENCE IN MEDIA AWARD

ASJA is awarding its prestigious Conscience in Media Award to the Maltese journalist, writer, and anti-corruption activist Daphne Caruana Galizia. 

Ms. Caruana Galizia, 53, was murdered in her native Malta, a Mediterranean island nation, on October 16, 2017 after numerous threats and attacks to her and her family. She had been writing since 1987 and was the first person in Malta to have a signed opinion column. Since 2008 she published her self-funded personal blog, Running Commentary, and at the time of her death she was a regular columnist with the Malta Independent.

The Conscience in Media award calls attention to the increasingly dangerous profession of investigative journalism. More than 700 journalists have been killed over the past decade, according to Reporters without Borders (RSF). Six murders occurred in 2017; in 2018 a Slovak reporter was shot to death while investigating corruption.

2017 Winners

Article Awards

The Arlene Award “for an article that makes a difference”
“Tiger Temple Accused of Supplying Black Market” by Sharon Guynup, writing in National Geographic.

Donald Robinson Award for Investigative Reporting
“How Casinos Enable Gambling Addicts” by John Rosengren, writing in The Atlantic.

June Roth Award for Medical Writing
“Checkmate: Beating Cancer at Its Own Game” by Kenneth Miller, writing for Discover.

Blog Post, Personal
“Oh, the Perils We Face” by Rae Francoeur, writing in her blog Free Fall.
Honorable mention: “Little Free Library” by Ellen Ryan, in her blog ryansite.

Business/Technology/Science
“Owl Wars” by Emily Sohn, for bioGraphic.
Honorable mention: “Are we loving Monarchs to death?” by Susan Brackney in discovermagazine.com.

Excellence in Reporting
“Out of the Shadows” by Maggie Ginsberg, writing in Madison magazine.
Honorable mention: “Officers who rape: the police brutality chiefs ignore” by Steven Yoder in Al Jazeera America.

First-Person Experience/Essays
“A Deeper Boom” by Gary Ferguson, writing for Orion.
Honorable mention: “Identity Lost and Found: Growing up in the South, a multi-ethnic girl navigates the cultural divide” by Anjali Enjeti. The story appeared in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Health & Fitness
 “The Brain That Wasn’t Supposed to Heal” by Apoorva Mandavilli, in The Atlantic.
Honorable mention: “This Mother Drank While Pregnant. Here’s What Her Daughter’s Like at 43” by Alexandra Rockey Fleming writing in The Washington Post.

How-to
“The Forgiveness Tour” by Susan Shapiro for Salon.com.

Lifestyle
“An Icy Hothouse of Change” by Todd Pitock in Geographical.

Opinion/Op Ed
“The Sadness of Solving a Mystery” by Cameron Walker, writing in Hakai Magazine.

Profiles
“At Their Peak” by Christine Koubek, writing in Bethesda Magazine

Trade
“Taking Shergar” by Milton C. Toby, writing in bloodhorse.com.

Book Awards

Biography/History 
“The Hundred-Year Walk – An Armenian Odyssey” by Dawn Anahid MacKeen. The judges called this book “two stories of courage in one rich narrative: a granddaughter uses her grandfather’s letters and diaries to follow his path through the World War I Armenian Genocide.”

General nonfiction
“In Good Hands: Investigating Death, Mystery, and the Lessons of Broken Trust In One Family Daycare” by David Hechler. Judges said “Riveting reading! Hechler masterfully builds suspense over the outcome of abuse trials. Small details help readers ‘see’ the characters. There’s also a primer for parents seeking a daycare center.”
Honorable mention: “One Child: The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment” by Mei Fong.  Judges said “This beautifully written book juxtaposes the author’s own desire to have children against the ramifications of China’s recently ended government edict.”

Memoir/Autobiography
“Because of Eva: A Jewish Genealogical Journey” by Susan J. Gordon. Judges said “the author nicely interwove history with her family story and her personal quest. We liked how the story flowed and how tightly it is written, and, as one judge noted, ‘It is a beautiful addition to Jewish/WWII work.’”
Honorable mention: “Ketchup is My Favorite Vegetable: A Family Grows Up with Autism” by Liane Kupferberg Carter. Judges said “It beautifully captures the struggle and joy of having an autistic child.”

Self-help/how-to
“The Cancer Survival Guide” by Charlotte Libov. Judges said “This terrific resource is the book we’d want if diagnosed. It’s comprehensive, clearly written and has authoritative, up-to-date advice on the latest research and treatments for numerous types of cancer.”
Honorable mention: “The Cocktail Hour Garden” by C.L. Fornari. Judges said “you’ll be drawn in by the glorious photographs and descriptions of flowers and backyard hideaways.” Fornari’s ultimate message is that time spent with others in calming, outdoor settings is an investment in good health.

2016 Winners

Arlene

2016
Susanna Hope
Police Wife: The Secret Epidemic of Police Domestic Violence
Golden Inkwell Books

June Roth

2016 Medical
Lochlann Jain
Malignant: How Cancer Becomes Us
University of California Press

Outstanding Book

2016 Biography or History
Marvin J. Wolf
Abandoned in Hell: The Fight for Vietnam’s Firebase Kate
NAL

2016 Children
Andrea Warren
The Boy Who Became Buffalo Bill: Growing Up Billy Cody in Bleeding Kansas
Two Lions

2016 General Nonfiction
Kim Cross
What Stands In a Storm: Three Days in the Worst Superstorm to Hit the South’s Tornado Alley
Atria Books

2016 Memoir/Autobiography
Kimberly Meyer
The Book of Wanderings: A Mother- Daughter Pilgrimage
Little, Brown and Company

2016 Service, Self-Help, Collaboration
Beverly Blair Harzog
The Debt Escape Plan: How to Free Yourself From Credit Card Balances, Boost Your Credit Score, and Live Debt-Free
Career Press

2016 Service, Self-Help, Collaboration
Sandra Lamb
Writing Well for Business Success: A Complete Guide to Style, Grammar, and Usage at Work
St. Martin’s Griffin

Arlene

2016
Francesca Lyman
The Thrift Store Chain That Dressed Up Like A Charity And Got Sued
InvestigateWest

Donald Robinson Memorial

2016
Tom Robbins
(A Brutal Beating Wakes) Attica’s Ghosts
The New York Times

June Roth

2016 Medical
Linda Marsa
The Poisoned Gulf
Playboy

Outstanding Article

2016 Blog Post
Risa Doherty
A Bittersweet Goodbye as My Firstborn Leaves Home For Good
ScaryMommy.com

2016 Business/Technology
Celeste LeCompte
Automation in the Newsroom
Nieman Reports

2016 Business/Technology
Emily Sohn
Every Living Thing
Aeon

2016 Excellence in Reporting
Vince Beiser
The Sand and the Fury
Wired

2016 First Person
Paula Ganzi Licata
Surviving an Alcoholic
The New York Times

2016 Health & Fitness
Linda Marsa
What Your Doctor Should Know About Women
More

2016 Health & Fitness
Kate Silver
Be the Death of Me
Chicago Health

2016 How-to
Kim Campbell Thornton
Forsake the Snake
UExpress Pet Connection

2016 How-to
Jennifer Breheny Wallace
A Policy of Saying No Can Save You Time and Guilt
Wall Street Journal

2016 Lifestyle
Kimberley Lovato
Born on the Bayou
American Way

2016 Lifestyle
Kim Campbell Thornton
Spirits on Safari
Cigar & Spirits

2016 Op-Ed
Candy Schulman
Just an Ordinary Miscarriage
The New York Times

2016 Profile
Gayle Keck
A Most Personal Venture
Drew Magazine

2016 Profile
Eugene Meyer
Meet Andy Raymond
Bethesda Magazine

2016 Trade
Barbara Robertson
The Making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens
3D World

2016 Trade
Molly Blake
High-Flying Patriotism
Air Force Sergeants Association

2015 Winners

Arlene

2015
Christine Larson
Light Bulb Moments for a Nonprofit
The New York Times

Outstanding Book

2015 General Nonfiction
John Pollack
Shortcut: How Analogies Reveal Connections, Spark Innovation, and Sell
publisher

2015 Service, Self-Help, Collaboration
Catherine Dold and Howard Eisenberg
The Recovery Book
publisher

2015 Children
Matt Chandler
Side-by-Side Baseball Stars

2015 Memoir/Autobiography
Gabrielle Selz
Unstill Life

Outstanding Article

2015 Dramatic Narrative
David Page
Haiyan Diary
TakePart.com

2015 Business/Technology
Rachael Moeller Gorman
Comprehension Test
Proto magazine

2015 Op-Ed
Todd Pitock
Amsterdam’s Anne Frank Industry
Haaretz

2015 Personal Essay
Caren Chesler
I Fought (and lost) the Battle Against Christmas
Salon

2015 Reporting on a Significant Topic
Vince Beiser
Prescription for Death
Playboy magazine

2015 Service
Rachael Moeller Gorman
Clucked
Men’s Health

2015 Trade
Tori DeAngelis
Thank You For Not Smoking
APA Monitor on Psychology

2015 Profile
Thomas Bedell
Rolling with Michael Herklots
Celebrated Living

2015 First Person
Shannon S. Miller
Why I Can’t Be My Son’s Mother
Scholastic Parent and Child

2015 Lifestyle
Todd Pitock
The Re-birth of Awe
National Geographic Traveler

June Roth

2015 Medical
Jessica Seigel
America’s Getting the Science of Sun Exposure Wrong
Nautilus

Donald Robinson Memorial

2015 Investigative Journalism
Dan Patterson
Angels of Death
Contently.org

Conscience In Media

2015
James Foley

2015
Steven Sotloff

2015
Austin Tice

2014 Winners

Arlene

2014
Cheryl Platzman Weinstock
Genetic Testing Can Be Dangerous to Your Health
O the Oprah Magazine

Outstanding Book

2014 General Nonfiction
Meg Lukens Noonan
The Coat Route
publisher

2014 Service, Self-Help, Collaboration
Anne Marie Albano, Ph.D with Leslie Pepper
You and Your Anxious Child
publisher

2014 Children
Aline Alexander Newman
Animal Superstars

2014 Memoir/Autobiography
Pamela Gerhardt
Lucky That Way, Rediscovering My Father’s World

Outstanding Article

2014 Business/Technology
Kenneth Miller
Mushroom Manifesto
Discover Magazine

2014 Op-Ed
Liza Gross
Don’t Jump
Medical Examiner, Slate.com

2014 Personal Essay
Kenan Trebinecvic
Two Muslim Brothers Who Took the Assimiliation Path
WSJ.com

2014 Reporting on a Significant Topic
Laura Beil
Who Killed Chris Kyle?, Men’s Health

2014 Service
Rachael Moeller Gorman
What Are Food Labels You Can Trust?
EatingWell.com

2014 Trade
Tam Harbert
Supercharging Patent Lawyers With AI
IEEE Spectrum magazine

2014 Profile
John Rosengren
Ra-shede’s Road
SBnation.com

2014 First Person
Scott Neumyer
I Am Royce White: Living and Working with Anxiety Disorder
SBnation.com

2014 Lifestyle
Echo Garrett
Philadelphia’s Artistic Freedom
Arrive.com

June Roth

2014 Medical
Alexandra Robbins
Children Are Dying
The Washingtonian Magazine

Career Achievement

2014
Kitty Kelley

Donald Robinson Memorial

2014 Investigative Journalism
Alexandra Robbins
Children Are Dying
The Washingtonian Magazine

Extraordinary Service Award

2014
Sallie G. Randolph

2013 Winners

Arlene

2013
Janisse Ray
The Seed Underground

2013
Echo Garrett
My Orange Duffel Bag

Outstanding Book

2013 General Nonfiction
Peter Zuckerman and Amanda Padoan
Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K
publisher

2013 Service, Self-Help, Collaboration
Kelly James-Enger
Writer for Hire: 101 Secrets to Freelance Success
publisher

2013 Children
Aline Alexander Newman
National Geographic Kids Chapter: Ape Escapes!: And More True Stories

2013 Memoir/Autobiography
Dorothy Foltz-Gray
With and Without Her: A Memoir of Being and Losing a Twin

Outstanding Article

2013 Business/Technology
Wendee Nicole Holtcamp
Was Lou Gehrig’s ALS Caused by Tap Water?
Pacific Standard

2013 Personal Essay
Candy Schulman
Raising My Mother
Chicago Tribune

2013 Reporting on a Significant Topic
Laura Beil
The Dirty Truth About Hospitals, Men’s Health

2013 Service
Rachael Moeller Gorman
Solving the Sugar Puzzle
Eating Well

2013 Trade
Stephen Ornes
Interrupting Cancer’s Travel Plans
Cancer Today

2013 Profile
David Wolman
The Perfectionist
Wired

2013 First Person
Echo Garrett
Desert Renewal
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

2013 Lifestyle
Gayle Keck
A Certain Sparkle
Afar

June Roth

2013 Medical
Victoria Costello
A Mind in Danger
Scientific American Mind

2013 Medical
Maryn McKenna
Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA

Donald Robinson Memorial

2013 Investigative Journalism
Katherine Eban
The Truth About the Fast and Furious Scandal
Fortune

Extraordinary Service Award

2013
Grace Weinstein (posthumous)

Career Achievement

2013
Florence Issacs

2012 Winners

Arlene

2012
Lisa Armstrong
Fighting Back
Essence

Outstanding Book

2012 General Nonfiction
Jennifer Wilson
Running Away to Home, St. Martin’s Press
publisher

2012 Service, Self-Help, Collaboration
Joan Price
Naked at Our Age
Seal Press

2012 Memoir/Autobiography
Kathleen Flinn
The Kitchen Counter Cooking School, Viking

Outstanding Article

2012 Business/Technology
Caren Chesler
The Antisocial Network
Popular Mechanics

2012 Personal Essay
Diane Daniel
Once, a Husband
New York Times

2012 Reporting on a Significant Topic
Michelle Nijhuis
Crisis in the Caves
Smithsonian

2012 Service
Ken Miller
Steering Clear of Disaster
Prevention

2012 Service
Jennifer L.W. Fink
Help Your Son Succeed in School
Parents

2012 Trade
Steven Biggs
Farm Direct
Country Guide

2012 Profile
John Moir
The Chameleon
The Washington Post

2012 First Person
Lise Funderburg
Big Love
MORE

2012 Lifestyle
Brendan Borrell
The Great Pumpkin
Smithsonian

June Roth

2012 Medical
Laura Beil
Who’s Spiking Your Supplements?
Men’s Health

Career Achievement

2012
Suzanne Loebl

Extraordinary Service Award

2012
Lisa Collier Cool

2011 Winners

Arlene

2011
Barry Yeoman
School of Hard Knocks
Good Housekeeping

Outstanding Book

2011 General Nonfiction
Jonathan Green
Murder in the High Himalaya
Public Affairs

2011 Service, Self-Help, Collaboration
Kevin Daum
Green Sense
The Taunton Press

2011 Children
Echo Garrett
My Orange Duffle Bag

2011 Memoir/Autobiography
Julian Smith
Crossing the Heart of Africa
Harper Perennial

Outstanding Article

2011 Business/Technology
Michael Fitzgerald
Take us to the River”
Fast Company

2011 Personal Essay
Judi Ketteler
Taking Grief Step by Step
Whole Living

2011 Reporting on a Significant Topic
Douglas Fox
Where Are We Headed? New Energy: climate change and sustainability sha
The Christian Science Monitor

2011 Reporting on a Significant Topic
Jina Moore
The African Divide
The Christian Science Monitor

2011 Service
Cheryl Platzman Weinstock
Understanding Depression at Mid-Life
Woman’s Day

2011 Trade
Kelly McGonigal
Mindfulness and Weight loss
IDEA Fitness Journal

2011 Trade
Tam Harbert
When IT is Asked to Spy
Computerworld

2011 Profile
Kate Silver
How Mya Saved Jacob
Spirit Magazine

2011 First Person
Beatriz Terrazas
My Mother’s Brain
D Magazine

2011 Lifestyle
Florence Williams
A Strange and not Unpleasant Experience
Bicycling Magazine

June Roth

2011 Medical
Linda Marsa
Hot Zone — A Warming Planet’s Rising Tide of Disaster
Discover Magazine

Career Achievement

2011
Grace Weinstein

2010 Winners

Arlene

2010
Janine Latus
If I am Missing or Dead
Simon & Schuster

2010
Erin Torneo
Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption
St. Martin’s Press

Outstanding Book

2010 General Nonfiction
Andrea Warren
Under Siege! Three Children at the Civil War Battle for Vicksburg
Farrar, Straus & Giroux

2010 Service, Self-Help, Collaboration
Dara Chadwick
You’d Be So Pretty If. . .
De Capo Press

2010 Memoir/Autobiography
Jessica DuLong
My River Chronicles: Rediscovering America on the Hudson
Free Press/Simon & Schuster

Arlene

2010
Trish Riley
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Green Living
Alpha/Penguin Books

2010
Abby Ellin
When the Fine Print Applies to You
The New York Times

2010
Jina Moore
In Africa, Justice for ‘Bush Wives’
Christian Science Monitor

Career Achievement

2010
Sally Wendkos Olds

Donald Robinson Memorial

2010
Katherine Eban
Bad Bargain
Self

2010
Linda Marsa
A Wing and a Prayer
Discover

June Roth

2010 Medical
Shannon Brownlee
What’s Wrong with Cancer Tests?
Reader’s Digest

2010 Medical
Katherine Eban
Going After Las Vegas’ Medical Mafia
Fortune

Outstanding Article

2010 First Person
Michelle Nijhuis
Township 13 South, Range 92 West, Section 35
High Country News

2010 First Person
Jina Moore
No Small Mercy
The Walrus

2010 Personal Essay
Perry Glasser
Iowa Black Dirt
Good Men Foundation

2010 Personal Essay
Amy Paturel
The Other Love of His Life
Newsweek

2010 Personal Essay
Beatriz Terrazas
The Childhood She Couldn’t Remember
More

2010 Reporting on a Significant Topic
Shannon Brownlee and Jeanne Lenzer
Shots in the Dark
The Atlantic Monthly

2010 Reporting on a Significant Topic
Bruce Henderson
Cook Vs. Peary
Smithsonian

2010 Profile
Mary Wiltenburg
Lost in Migration
Christian Science Monitor

2010 Profile
Todd Pitock
Elegy to a Scholar
Midstream

2010 Profile
Steven Beschloss
Man with a Mallet
American Way

2010 Trade
Barbara Robertson
What’s Old is New Again (Benjamin Button)
Computer Graphics World

2010 Trade
Michael Fitzgerald
How Facebook and Twitter are Changing Data Privacy
CIO

2010 Service
Meryl Davids
Is Your Doctor Out of Date?
Reader’s Digest

2010 Service
Kim Pittaway
For Goodness’ Sake
More

2010 Service
Cheryl Platzman Weinstock
Thirteen Symptoms You Should Never Ignore
Glamour

2010 Lifestyle
Jennifer Margulis
No Price. No Menu. No Waste.
More

2010 Lifestyle
Todd Pitock
An Old World Finds a New Path
Afar

2010 Business/Technology
Timothy Gower
Born Again
Proto

2010 Business/Technology
Michael Fitzgerald
How Innovations from Developing Countries Trickle Up
Fast Company

Outstanding Book

2010 General Nonfiction
Mary Collins
American Idle: A Journey Through Our Sedentary Culture
Capital Books

2010 General Nonfiction
Susan Golant
The Alzheimer’s Project: Momentum in Science
Public Affairs

2010 MemorMemoir/Autobiography
Jessica DuLong
My River Chronicles: Rediscovering America on the Hudson
Free Press/Simon & Schuster

2010 MemorMemoir/Autobiography
John Hanc
The Coolest Race on Earth
Chicago Review Press

Past Writing Award Winners

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Awards

ASJA relishes in the opportunity to recognize these fine works and their authors. Our annual awards program highlights stellar nonfiction articles, essays, books, and content marketing writing in a variety of categories.

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