American Society of Journalists and Authors Announces Winners of 2014 Writing Awards

March 6, 2014, New York, NY — The American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) announces the recipients of its annual writing awards, honoring the outstanding nonfiction work produced on a freelance basis during the past year.

All are welcome to the ASJA Awards Gala on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at the Roosevelt Hotel. It’s part of ASJA2014: Expand Your Reach, ASJA’s annual writers conference. Several winners are part of the conference program. Tickets for the Gala, and full Conference information is available here.

2014 ASJA Awards — Outstanding Book Prizes

Children’s or Young Adult

Animal Superstars by Aline Alexander Newman

General Nonfiction

The Coat Route by Meg Lukens Noonan

Honorable Mention: Fevered by Linda Marsa

Memoir or Biography

Lucky That Way, Rediscovering My Father’s World by Pamela Gerhardt

Service or Self-Help

You and Your Anxious Child by Anne Marie Albano, Ph.D with Leslie Pepper

Honorable Mention: Confessions of a Credit Junkie by Beverly Harzog,

2014 ASJA Awards — Periodical Prizes

* denotes categories open to the public

Arlene Eisenberg Award for an Article that Makes a Difference *

“Genetic Testing Can Be Dangerous to Your Health” by Cheryl Platzman Weinstock, O the Oprah Magazine

June Roth Award for Medical Writing

“Children Are Dying” by Alexandra Robbins, The Washingtonian Magazine

Donald Robinson Award for Investigative Journalism *

“Children Are Dying” by Alexandra Robbins, The Washingtonian Magazine

Business/Technology Science

“Mushroom Manifesto” by Kenneth Miller, Discover Magazine

Honorable Mention: “What Makes a Jewish Mother?” by Caren Chesler, The New York Times

First Person or Dramatic Narrative

“I Am Royce White: Living and Working with Anxiety Disorder” by Scott Neumyer,

Honorable Mention: “Portrait in Nature and Nurture” by Christine Koubek,


“Philadelphia’s Artistic Freedom” by Echo Garrett,


“Don’t Jump!” By Liza Gross, Medical Examiner,

Personal Essay or Opinion

“Two Muslim Brothers Who Took the Assimiliation Path” by Kenan Trebinecvic,

Honorable Mention: “Losing Our Religion” by Katherine Ozment, Boston Magazine,


“Ra-shede’s Road” by John Rosengren,

Reporting on a Significant Topic

“Who Killed Chris Kyle?” by Laura Beil, Men’s Health

Honorable Mention: “A Life or Death Situation” by Robin Marantz Henig, The New York Times Magazine


“What Are Food Labels You Can Trust?”, by Rachael Moeller Gorman,

Honorable Mention: “Meet Your Future”, by Richard Laliberte,


“Supercharging Patent Lawyers With AI” by Tam Harbert, IEEE Spectrum magazine

2014 ASJA Awards — Special Awards

The Founders’ Award for Career Achievement: Kitty Kelley

The ASJA Extraordinary Service Award: Sallie G. Randolph