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National Magazine Awards
Awarded for Excellence in the magazine industry
Sponsored by Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Date Annual
Country United States
Presented by American Society of Magazine Editors
First awarded 1966
Official website www.magazine.org/asme/national-magazine-awards

The National Magazine Awards are a series of American awards that honor excellence in the magazine industry. They are sponsored by the American Society of Magazine Editors and administered by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City, New York. The awards have been presented annually since 1966.[1]

They are generally considered the highest award in the magazine industry; in the magazine world, they are roughly equivalent to the Pulitzer Prizes (which are far more widely known in the popular culture, but do not include a magazine category).[2][3]

Recipients of awards are selected in a two-step procedure: First, entries are reviewed by a judging panel, which recommends a group of finalists; then, a second panel of judges chooses one winner in each category.

The current categories are:

  • General Excellence, News, Sports and Entertainment
  • General Excellence, Service and Lifestyle
  • General Excellence, Special Interest
  • General Excellence, Literature, Science and Politics
  • Design
  • Photography
  • Single-Topic Issue
  • Website
  • Multimedia
  • Video
  • Public Interest
  • Personal Service
  • Leisure Interests
  • Magazine Section
  • Reporting
  • Feature Writing
  • Feature Photography
  • Essays and Criticism
  • Columns and Commentary
  • Fiction
  • Magazine of the Year

Winners in each of the categories are awarded an "Ellie", a copper-colored stabile sculpture by Alexander Calder, resembling an elephant, which is manufactured by New York firm Society Awards. The National Magazine Awards web site has a searchable database of all the winners and top-five finalists.

Current categories[edit]

General Excellence[edit]

Honors print and digital magazines in six categories based on content and audience.

Businessweek received the first ever award in 1973. No award was given from 1974 to 1980. When General Excellence returned as a category in 1981, it was given to four magazines per year until 1998, when five magazines received General Excellence awards. Six magazines received awards in 2002. From 2003 to 2010, the award went to seven different magazines and in 2011, to eight. Since 2012, the award has gone to six magazines.

Year Magazine
1973 Bloomberg Businessweek
1981 Glamour, Bloomberg Businessweek , Audubon, ARTnews
1982 Science 81, Rocky Mountain, Newsweek, Camera Arts
1983 Science 82, Louisiana Life, LIFE, Harper's Magazine
1984 Outside, National Geographic, House & Garden, The American Lawyer
1985 Manhattan, Inc., American Heritage, American Health, TIME
1986 New England Monthly, Money, Discover, 3-2-1 Contact
1987 People, New England Monthly, ELLE, Common Cause
1988 The Sciences, Parents, Hippocrates, Fortune
1989 Vanity Fair, Sports Illustrated, The Sciences, American Heritage
1990 Metropolitan Home, 7 Days, Texas Monthly, Sports Illustrated
1991 The New Republic, Interview, Glamour, Condé Nast Traveler
1992 Texas Monthly, The New Republic, National Geographic, Mirabella
1993 Newsweek, Lingua Franca, The Atlantic, American Photo
1994 Health, Bloomberg Businessweek , Wired, Print
1995 The New Yorker, Men's Journal, I.D., Entertainment Weekly
1996 The Sciences, Civilization, Outside, Bloomberg Businessweek
1997 I.D., Wired, Vanity Fair, Outside
1998 Rolling Stone, Preservation, Outside, DoubleTake
1999 Vanity Fair', I.D., Fast Company, Condé Nast Traveler
2000 Saveur, The New Yorker, Nest, National Geographic
2001 Teen People, The New Yorker, Mother Jones, The American Scholar
2002 Vibe, Print, Newsweek, National Geographic Adventure, Entertainment Weekly
2003 Texas Monthly, Parenting, Foreign Policy, ESPN The Magazine, The Atlantic, Architectural Record
2004 Popular Science, Newsweek, Gourmet, Aperture, Budget Living, Chicago
2005 Wired, The New Yorker, Print, Martha Stewart Weddings, Glamour, Dwell
2006 The Virginia Quarterly Review, TIME, New York, Harper's Magazine, Esquire, ESPN The Magazine
2007 Wired, Rolling Stone, New York, National Geographic, Foreign Policy, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
2008 Print, The New Yorker, National Geographic, Mother Jones, GQ, Backpacker
2009 Foreign Policy, Field & Stream, Wired, Texas Monthly, Reader's Digest
2010 San Francisco, New York, National Geographic, Mother Jones', GQ, Men's Health
2011 Women's Health, Scientific American, Garden & Gun, Poetry, New York, Los Angeles
2012 Inc., House Beautiful, IEEE Spectrum, O, The Oprah Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek
2013 The Paris Review, Martha Stewart Weddings, National Geographic, Vogue, Outside
2014 New York, Poetry, Inc., Field & Stream, Bon Appétit, Sunset
2015 Garden & Gun, Glamour, The Hollywood Reporter, Nautilus, The New Yorker, Men's Health
2016 New York, Lucky Peach, The Hollywood Reporter, Oxford American

Design[edit]

Previously known as Visual Excellence (1970-1979). Honors overall excellence in print magazine design.

Year Magazine
1970 Look
1971 Vogue
1972 Esquire
1973 Horizon
1974 Newsweek
1975 Country Journal and National Lampoon
1976 Horticulture
1977 Rolling Stone
1978 Architectural Digest
1979 Audubon
1980 GEO
1981 Attenzione
1982 Nautical Quarterly
1983 New York
1984 House & Garden
1985 Forbes
1986 TIME
1987 ELLE
1988 LIFE
1989 Rolling Stone
1990 Esquire
1991 Condé Nast Traveler
1992 Vanity Fair
1993 Harper's Bazaar
1994 Allure
1995 Martha Stewart Living
1996 Wired
1997 I.D. Magazine
1998 Entertainment Weekly
1999 ESPN The Magazine
2000 Fast Company
2001 Nest
2002 Details
2003 Details
2004 Esquire
2005 Kids: Fun Stuff to Do Together
2006 New York
2007 New York
2008 Wired
2009 Wired
2010 Wired
2011 GQ
2012 GQ
2013 TIME
2014 New York
2015 New York
2016 Wired

Photography[edit]

Honors overall excellence in print magazine photography.

Year Magazine
1985 LIFE
1986 Vogue
1987 National Geographic
1988 Rolling Stone
1989 National Geographic
1990 Texas Monthly
1991 National Geographic
1992 National Geographic
1993 Harper's Bazaar
1994 Martha Stewart Living
1995 Rolling Stone
1996 Saveur
1997 National Geographic
1998 W
1999 Martha Stewart Living
2000 Vanity Fair
2001 National Geographic
2002 Vanity Fair
2003 Condé Nast Traveler
2004 City
2005 Gourmet
2006 W
2007 National Geographic
2008 Gourmet
2009 GQ
2010 Vanity Fair
2011 W
2012 Vogue
2013 National Geographic
2014 Bon Appétit
2015 National Geographic
2016 The California Sunday Magazine

Feature Photography[edit]

Previously known as Photo Portfolio/Photo Essay (2004-2006) and Photo Portfolio (2007-2010). Honors the use of original photography in a feature story, photo-essay or photo portfolio.

Year Magazine Article(s) Author(s) Editor
2004 W "The Kate Moss Portfolio," September Patrick McCarthy, Chairman and Editorial Director

Dennis Freedman,Vice Chairman and Creative Director

2005 TIME "The Tragedy of Sudan," October 4 By James Nachtwey James Kelly, Managing Editor

Arthur Hochstein, Art Director

2006 Rolling Stone "The Edge of the World," November 17 By Sebastiao Salgado Jann S. Wenner, Editor and Publisher

Will Dana, Managing Editor

2007 City "White Heat," April By Horacio Salinas John McDonald, Editorial Director and Publisher;

Fabrice G. Frere, Creative Director and COO

2008 Vanity Fair "Killers Kill, Dead Men Die: A 2007 Hollywood Portfolio," March By Annie Leibovitz and Michael Roberts Graydon Carter, Editor

David Harris, Design Director

2009 The New Yorker "Service," September 29 By Platon David Remnick, Editor

Elisabeth Biondi, Visuals Editor

2010 The New Yorker "Portraits of Power," December 7 Photographs by Platon David Remnick, Editor
2011 ESPN The Magazine "Bodies We Want," October 18 Reporting by Morty Ain Gary Belsky, Editor in Chief
2012 The New York Times Magazine "Vamps, Crooks & Killers," December 11 Photographs by Alex Prager,

Introduction by A.O. Scott

Hugo Lindgren, Editor in Chief
2013 W "Good Kate, Bad Kate," March Feature by Will Self,

Photographs by Steven Klein

Stefano Tonchi, Editor in Chief
2014 W "Stranger Than Paradise," May Photographs by Tim Walker Stefano Tonchi, Editor in Chief
2015 TIME "Crime Without Punishment," July 24 Photographs by Jerome Sessini Nancy Gibbs, Editor
2016 Politico "Front Row at the Political Theater," November/ December Photographs by Mark Peterson Susan B. Glasser, Editor in Chief

Single-Topic Issue[edit]

Honors magazines that have devoted a single issue to the comprehensive examination of one subject. No award was given in 2000 or 2001.

Year Magazine Article(s) Editor(s)
1979 Progressive Architecture "Taste in America" John Morris Dixon, Chief Editor
1980 Scientific American "The Brain" Dennis Flanagan, Editor
1981 Bloomberg Businessweek "The Reindustrialization of America," by William Wolman and team

"Investment Outlook 1981," by Gordon Williams and team

Lewis H. Young, Editor in Chief
1982 Newsweek "What Vietnam Did to Us," by Peter Goldman, December 14 Lester Bernstein, Editor
1983 IEEE Spectrum "Technology in War and Peace," October Donald Christiansen, Editor and Publisher
1984 Esquire "Fifty Who Made the Difference," December Phillip Moffitt, Editor in Chief and President
1985 American Heritage "A Medical Picture of the United States," October/November Byron Dobell, Editor
1986 IEEE Spectrum Donald Christiansen, Editor and Publisher
1987 Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists "Chernobyl--The Emerging Story," August/September Len Ackland, Editor
1988 LIFE "The Constitution," Fall Patricia Ryan, Managing Editor
1989 Hippocrates "Choices of the Heart," May/June Eric W. Schrier
1990 National Geographic "France Celebrates Its Bicentennial," July Wilbur E. Garret, Editor
1991 The American Lawyer "Can America Enforce Its Drug Laws?" March Steven Brill, President and Editor in Chief
1992 Bloomberg Businessweek "The Quality Imperative," October 25 Stephen B. Shepard, Editor in Chief
1993 Newsweek "How He Won: The Untold Story of Bill Clinton's Triumph," November/December Richard M. Smith, Editor in Chief and President

Maynard Parker, Editor

1994 Health "For Our Parents," October Eric W. Schrier, Editor in Chief
1995 Discover "The Science of Race," November Paul Hoffman, President and Editor in Chief
1996 Bon Appétit For its special collector's edition devoted to the food,

culture and people of the Mediterranean, May

William J. Garry, Editor in Chief
1997 Scientific American "What You Need to Know About Cancer," September John Rennie, Editor in Chief
1998 The Sciences "The Promise and Peril of Cloning," September/October Peter G. Brown, Editor
1999 The Oxford American "Second Annual Double Issue on Southern Music," March–May Marc Smirnoff, Editor
2002 TIME "September 11 Special Issue," September 13 James Kelly, Managing Editor
2003 Scientific American "A Matter of Time," September John Rennie, Editor in Chief
2004 The Oxford American "Sixth Annual Music Issue," Summer Marc Smirnoff, Editor
2005 Newsweek "How He Did It," November 15 Mark Whitaker, Editor
2006 TIME "An American Tragedy," September 12 James Kelly, Managing Editor
2007 Departures "The Latin Issue: America 2006," October Richard David Story, Editor in Chief
2008 The Virginia Quarterly Review "South American in the 21st Century," Fall Ted Genoways, Editor

Daniel Alarcón, Editor

2009 Saveur "A World of Breakfast," October James Oseland, Editor in Chief
2010 Wired "The Mystery Issue," May Chris Anderson, Editor in Chief
2011 National Geographic "Water: Our Thirsty World," April Chris Johns, Editor in Chief
2012 New York "The Encyclopedia of 9/11," September 5–12 Adam Moss, Editor in Chief
2013 Saveur "The Mexico Issue," August/September James Oseland, Editor in Chief
2014 Bloomberg Businessweek "Five Years From the Brink," September 16–22 Josh Tyrangiel, Editor
2015 San Francisco "The Oakland Issue," June Jon Steinberg, Editor in Chief
2016 Bloomberg Businessweek "Code: An Essay," June 15–28 Ellen Joan Pollock, Editor

Magazine Section[edit]

Honors a regularly published front- or back-of-the-book department or section.

Year Magazine Article(s) Editor
2005 Popular Science "How 2.0," April, May, June Scott Mowbray, Editor in Chief
2006 Backpacker "Basecamp," June, September, December Jonathan Dorn, Editor in Chief
2007 New York "Strategist," June 12, July 24, December 11 Adam Moss, Editor in Chief
2008 Condé Nast Portfolio "Brief," September, October, December Joanne Lipman, Editor in Chief
2009 Wired "Start," September, October, December Chris Anderson, Editor in Chief
2010 New York "Strategist," April 20, May 25, October 26 Adam Moss, Editor in Chief
2011 New York "Strategist," May 24, October 25, December 20–27 Adam Moss, Editor in Chief
2012 New York "Strategist," July 11, October 10, November 28 Adam Moss, Editor in Chief
2013 New York "Strategist," May 28, October 8, October 22 Adam Moss, Editor in Chief
2014 Modern Farmer "Modern Farmer Handbook," Spring, Fall, Winter Anne Marie Gardner, Chief Executive Officer and Editor in Chief
2015 New York "Strategist," March 24-April 6, April 7–20 and November 17–23 Adam Moss, Editor in Chief
2016 New York "The Culture Pages," March 9–22, October 5–18 and October 19- November 1 Adam Moss, Editor in Chief

Personal Service[edit]

Previously known as Service to the Individual (1974—1985). Honors the use of print to serve readers’ needs and aspirations. No award was given in 1981.

Year Magazine Article(s) and Author(s) Editor(s)
1974 Sports Illustrated "Women in Sport," three-part series Roy Terrell, Managing Editor
1975 Esquire "The Drinking Man's Liver," by Richard Selzer

"Kidney Stone"

"The Knife"

Don Erickson, Editorial Director
1976 Modern Medicine "Ethics, Genetics and the Future of Man," four-part series, February 1 and 15, March 1 and 15 Paul D. Scultz
1977 Harper's Magazine "The Anti-Social Cell" Lewis H. Lapham, Editor
1978 Newsweek "The Graying of America," by Allan J. Mayer and with Tom Joyce, William J. Cook and Pamela Ellis Simons, February 28 Edward Kosner, Editor
1979 American Journal of Nursing For a series providing continuing education, medical developments and concern to professional expert Thelma Schorr
1980 Saturday Review "Children and Cancer," by Susan Schiefelbein Carl Tucker
1982 Philadelphia "That Certain Smile," by Carol Saline, September Art Spikol, Editor
1983 Sunset "Fish Market Revolution," October William Marken
1984 New York "How Well Does Your Bank Treat You?" by Jeff and Marie Blyskal, March 7 Edward Kosner, Editor and president
1985 The Washingtonian "How to Save Your Life," by John Pekkanen, Gail Friedman, Marilyn Dickey and William O'Sullivan, March John A. Limpert, Editor
1986 Farm Journal "Your Call for Help Can be Heard," by Elizabeth Curry Williams, February

"There is Life after Farming," February

"Bootstrap Plans to Beat Tough Times," April

"Rescue from Suicide," by Bonnie Pollard, September

"What Distressed Farmers Need Most," by Dick Braun, November

Lane Palmer, Editor in Chief
1987 Consumer Reports "Life Insurance: How to Protect Your Family," by Trudy Lieberman, June, July, August Irwin Landau, Editorial Director
1988 Money "After the Crash: The Safest Places to Put Your Money Now," by Diane Harris, Eric Schurenberg and Jerry Edgerton, December Landon Y. Jones, Managing Editor
1989 Good Housekeeping "Child Care '88," September John Mack Carter, Editor in Chief
1990 Consumer Reports "Beyond Medicare," by Trudy Lieberman, June Irwin Landau, Editorial Director
1991 New York "Sparing the Child," by Michael W. Robbins, December 10 Edward Kosner, Editor and President
1992 Creative Classroom "Teaching Children About AIDS," by Lisa Feder-Feitel, January/February

"How to Talk about Substance Abuse," September

"Teachers Against Child Abuse," January/February 1992

Elaine Israel, Editor in Chief
1993 Good Housekeeping "The Better Way," January, February, June John Mack Carter, Editor in Chief
1994 Fortune "One Man's Tough Choices on Prostate Cancer," by Tom Alexander, September 20 Marshall Loeb, Managing Editor
1995 SmartMoney "Driver's Education," by Liz Comte Reisman, May

"Home Truths," by Liz Comte Reisman, November

"Lessons in Life," by Laura M. Holson and Liz Comte Reisman, December

Steven Swartz, Editor in Chief
1996 SmartMoney "Part 1: Investing for College," by Walecia Konrad, May

"Part 2: Mom, Can You Spare $100,000?," by Walecia Konrad, October

Steven Swartz, Editor in Chief
1997 Glamour "Is Managed Care Good for Women's Health?" by Leslie Laurence, August

"Making Managed Care Work for You," by Tessa DeCarlo, September

Ruth Whitney, Editor in Chief
1998 Men's Journal' "Don't tell My Heart," by Jim Thornton, April

"The New Erector Set," by Jim Thornton, May

"The Ache a Guy Aches: My Hernia," by Jim Thornton, December/January

Jann S. Wenner, Editor in Chief

John Rasmus, Editor

1999 Good Housekeeping "Katie's Crusade," by Joanna Powell, October

"The Stories of Three Families Left Behind," by Sondra Forsyth

"The Preventable Cancer," by Lisa Collier Cool

Ellen Levine, Editor in Chief
2000 PC Company (renamed Smart Business for the New Economy) "Small-Business Secret Weapons, Part I," by Bonny L. Georgia, September

"Small-Business Secret Weapons, Part II," by Bonny L. Georgia, October

"Small-Business Secret Weapons, Part III," by Bonny L. Georgia, November

Paul Somerson, Editor in Chief

Wendy Taylor, Editor

2001 National Geographic Adventure "The Rules of Adventure," by Laurence Gonzales, January/February John Rasmus, Editor in Chief
2002 National Geographic Adventure "Land of the Lost," by Laurence Gonzales, November/December John Rasmus, Editor in Chief
2003 Outside "The Shape of Your Life, Part I," by Paul Scott, May

"The Shape of Your Life, Part II," by Paul Scott, June

"The Shape of Your Life, Part V," by Paul Scott, September

Hal Espen, Editor
2004 Men's Health "A Tale of 3 Hearts," by Peter Moore, July/August

"100 Ways to Live Forever," by Adam Campbell and Brian Good

"Death by Exercise," by Lou Schuler

David Zinczenko, Editor in Chief
2005 BabyTalk "You Can Breastfeed!" by Kristin O'Callaghan, August Susan Kane, Editor in Chief
2006 Self "Keep Your Breasts Healthy for Life," October Lucy S. Danziger, Editor in Chief
2007 Glamour "What No One Ever Tells You About Breast Implants," by Liz Welch Cynthia Leive, Editor in Chief
2008 Popular Mechanics "Know Your Footprint: Energy," by Alex Hutchinson, June

"Know Your Footprint: Water," by Alex Hutchinson, September

"Know Your Footprint: Waste," by Alex Hutchinson, December

James B. Meigs, Editor in Chief
2009 Esquire "Retool, Reboot, Rebuild," by Mehmet Oz, M.D. and Michael Roizen, M.D., May

"Seventy-Five," by Susan Casey, May

David Granger, Editor in Chief
2010 New York "For and Against Foreskin," by Chris Bonanos, Michael Idov and Hanna Rosin, October 26 Adam Moss, Editor in Chief
2011 Men's Health "I Want My Prostate Back," by Laurence Roy Stains, March David Zinczenko, Editor in Chief

Peter Moore, Editor

2012 Glamour "The Secret That Kills Four Women a Day," by Liz Brody, Editor at Large, June Cynthia Leive, Editor in Chief
2013 Los Angeles "The New Face and Body of Plastic Surgery in L.A.," October Mary Melton, Editor in Chief
2014 Cosmopolitan "Your Cosmo Guide to Contraception," September Joanna Coles, Editor in Chief
2015 O, The Oprah Magazine "Ready or Not: The Caregiver's Guide," November Lucy Kaylin, Editor in Chief
2016 FamilyFun "The Happy Family Playbook," by Jennifer King Lindley, May Ann Hallock, Editor in Chief

Leisure Interests[edit]

Previously known as Special Interests (1986-2001). Honors the use of print to provide practical information about recreational activities and special interests.

Year Magazine Article(s) and Author(s) Editor
1986 Popular Mechanics Popular Mechanics Woodworking Guide, November Joe Oldham, Editor in Chief
1987 Sports Afield "Getting Started: Flyfishing," January

"Getting Started: Rifle Shooting," July

"Getting Started: Outdoor Photography," August

Tom Paugh, Editor
1988 Condé Nast Traveler "Stop Press," by Paul Grimes, September, October, November Harold Evans, Editor in Chief
1989 Condé Nast Traveler "The Ultimate Island Finder," August

"Bush Intelligence," November

"Bring the Kids," December

Harold Evans, Editor in Chief
1990 Art & Antiques "What's Not Hot," February Jeffrey Schaire, Editor
1991 New York "Super Sound," by David Denby, February 19

"The Ear: Twin Tweaks," July 16

"The Ear: Speakers of the House," December 10

Edward Kosner, Editor and President
1992 Sports Afield "Gear for Deer & How to Use It," August Tom Paugh, Editor in Chief
1993 Philadelphia "Simple Pleasures," by Janet Bukovinsky, May Eliot Kaplan, Editor
1994 Outside "At Play in the Swirly Zone," by David Quammen, April

"One Animal Year," by Donald Katz, May

Lawrence J. Burke, Publisher and Editor in Chief

Mark Bryant, Editor

1995 GQ "Oy, It's Poi!" by Alan Richman, January

"Feeding the Infidel," July

"Play it Again, Lam," September

Arthur Cooper, Editor in Chief
1996 Saveur "Don't Call it 'Cajun,'" by Gene Bourg, January/February Dorothy Kalins, Editor in Chief
1997 Smithsonian "When It Comes to Moths, Nature Pulls Out All the Stops," by Richard Conniff, February

"Clyde Roper Can't Wait to be Attacked by the Giant Squid," May "Dragonflies are an Odd Combination of Beautiful Things," July

Dan Moser, Editor
1998 Entertainment Weekly "Thanks for Nothing, The Seinfeld Chronicles," by Kristen Baldwin and Mike Flaherty, A.J. Jacobs, Mary Kaye Schilling and Ken Tucker, May 30 James W. Seymore, Jr., Managing Editor
1999 PC Computing "Undocumented Internet Secrets," November Paul Somerson, Vice President and Editor in Chief
2000 I.D. "Leaving Las Vegas," September/October Chee Pearlman, Former Editor in Chief
2001 The New Yorker "The Sports Issue," August 21 & 28 David Remnick, Editor
2002 Vogue "Caviar Conundrum," by Jeffrey Steingarten, March

"Salt Chic," July

"High Steaks," September

Anna Wintour, Editor in Chief
2003 National Geographic Adventure "Wild in the Parks," by Jim Gorman and Tim Cahill, May John Rasmus, Editor in Chief
2004 Consumer Reports "Veterinary Care Without the Bite," by Jeff Blyskal, July Julia Kagan, Vice President and Editorial Director
2005 Sports Illustrated "2004 Olympic Preview," August 2 Terry McDonell, Managing Editor
2006 Golf Magazine "The New Way to Putt," October David M. Clarke, Editor
2007 O, The Oprah Magazine "Reading: A Love Story," July Oprah Winfrey, Founder and Editorial Director,

Amy Gross, Editor in Chief

2008 New York "Cartography: The Complete Road Map to New York City Street Food," by Michael Idov and Rob Patronite, June 25 Adam Moss, Editor in Chief
2009 Esquire "The Esquire Almanac of Steak," September David Granger, Editor in Chief
2010 New York "The Great New York Neoclassical Neapolitan Pizza Revolution," by Rob Patronite and Robin Raisefeld with Michael Idov, July 20–27 Adam Moss, Editor in Chief
2011 Men's Journal' "Five Meals Every Man Should Master," by Daniel Duane, Photographs by Marcus Nilsson, August Jann S. Wenner, Editor in Chief

Will Dana, Editorial Director

Brad Wieners, Editor

2012 Saveur "Italian America," by Dana Bowen, Frank Castronovo, Lou Di Palo, Frank Falcinelli, Greg Ferro, John Mariani, Rina Oh, James Oseland, Marne Setton and Jane and Michael Stern, December James Oseland, Editor in Chief
2013 Wired "How to Be a Geek Dad," June Chris Anderson, Editor in Chief
2014 O, The Oprah Magazine "Hair Extravaganza!," September Oprah Winfrey, Founder and Editorial Director; Lucy Kaylin, Editor in Chief
2015 Backpacker "The Complete Guide to Fire," edited by Casey Lyons, October Dennis Lewon, Editor in Chief
2016 Eater "The Eater Guide to Surviving Disney World," August 26 at eater.com Amanda Kludt, Editor in Chief

Website[edit]

Honors magazine websites and online-only magazines.

Year Magazine Website Editor
2012 New York http://nymag.com/ Adam Moss, Editor in Chief

Ben Williams, Editorial Director, nymag.com

2013 The Atlantic http://www.theatlantic.com/ James Bennet, Editor in Chief

Bob Cohn, Editor, Atlantic Digital

2014 New York http://nymag.com/ Adam Moss, Editor in Chief

Ben Williams, Editorial Director

2015 Nautilus http://nautil.us/ Michael Segal, Editor in Chief
2016 New York http://nymag.com/ Adam Moss, Editor in Chief

Ben Williams, Editor, Digital

Multimedia[edit]

Previously known as Multimedia Feature or Package (2010) and Multimedia Package (2011). Honors digital storytelling and the integration of magazine media.

Year Magazine Article(s) and Author(s) Editor
2010 New York "New York Fashion Week" Adam Moss, Editor in Chief

Ben Williams, Editorial Director, NYMag.com

2011 The Virginia Quarterly Review "Assignment Afghanistan" Ted Genoways, Editor

Elliott D. Woods, Reporter and Multimedia Production

Jesse Dukes, Multimedia and Audio Production

Bluecadet Interactive, Web Design and Product Coordination

2012 Foreign Policy "The Qaddafi Files: An FP Special Report" Susan B. Glasser, Editor in Chief
2013 National Geographic "Cheetahs on the Edge," November iPad Edition Chris Johns, Editor in Chief
2014 National Geographic "The Last Chase," by Robert Draper, November Print and iPad Edition Chris Johns, Editor in Chief
2015 The Texas Observer in partnership with The Guardian US "Beyond the Border," by Melissa del Bosque, August 6 at texasobserver.org Dave Mann, Editor in Chief, The Texas Observer

Katharine Viner, Editor in Chief, Guardian US

2016 New York "This Is the Story of One Block in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn," nymag.com and November 16–22 Print Issue Adam Moss, Editor in Chief

Video[edit]

Honors the outstanding use of video by magazines published on digital platforms.

Year Magazine Article(s) and Author(s) Editor
2010 Yale Environment 360 Leveling Appalachia: The Legacy of Mountaintop Removal Mining Roger Cohn, Editor

Chad Stevens, Filmmaker

2011 The Oxford American "SoLost" Series Warwick Sabin, Publisher

Dave Anderson, Videographer

2012 The New York Times Magazine "My Family's Experiment in Extreme Schooling," by Julie Dressner, Shayla Harris and Clifford J. Levy Hugo Lindgren, Editor in Chief
2013 Mother Jones' "Full Secret Video of Private Romney Fundraiser," September 18 Monika Bauerlein and Clara Jeffery, Editors

David Corn, Washington Bureau Chief James West, Producer

2014 Glamour "Confronting Cancer: BRCA1 and BRCA2 Gene Mutations," October 9

"Recovery: Meds. And Love," October 23

"Life Post-Surgery: Back on Stage," October 30, from "Screw You Cancer" series

Cynthia Leive, Editor in Chief
2015 Vice News "The Islamic State," by Medyan Dairieh, August 15 at vice.com Jason Mojica, Editor in Chief

Kevin Sutcliffe, Executive Producer

2016 Vice News "Selfie Soldiers: Russia's Army Checks In to Ukraine," June 16 at vicenews.com Jason Mojica, Editor in Chief

Public Interest[edit]

Known as Public Service (1970-1985). Honors magazine journalism that illuminates issues of national importance. No award was given in 1973.

Year Magazine Article(s) Author(s) Editor
1970 LIFE "Fortas: A Question of Ethics” William Lambert Ralph Graves, Managing Editor
1971 The Nation “The Wired Nation”
”The Cops Hit the Jackpot”
Ralph Lee Smith
Joseph C. Goulden
1972 Philadelphia “The River Pirates ”
1974 Scientific American “Life and Death in Medicine” Kerr L. White Dennis Flanagan, Editor
1975 Consumer Reports “Is the Water Safe to Drink? (three-part series)” Irwin Landau Irwin Landau, Editorial Director
1976 Bloomberg Businessweek “The Corporate Woman: Up the Ladder, Finally ” Irene Pave Lewis H. Young, Editor in Chief
1977 Philadelphia “The Forgotten Children” Loretta Schwartz Alan Halpern, Editor
1978 Mother Jones' “Pinto Madness” Mark Dowie Jeffrey Klein, Editor
1979 New West “Hell on Wheels” Moira Johnson Jon Carroll
1980 Texas Monthly “Why Teachers Can’t Teach” Gene Lyons William Broyles, Editor
1981 Reader's Digest “The Murder of Robbie Wayne, Age 6”
“Marijuana Alert II: More of the Grim Story”
Mary Jane Chambers
Peggy Mann
Edward T. Thompson, Editor in Chief
1982 The Atlantic “The Education of David Stockman (December)” William Greider William Whitworth, Editor
1983 Foreign Policy “Nuclear Weapons and the Atlantic Alliance (Spring)” McGeorge Bundy, George F. Kennan,
Robert S. McNamara and Gerard C. Smith
William P. Bundy, Editor
1984 The New Yorker “Breaking the Spell” George Kennan William Shawn, Editor
1985 The Washingtonian “Where Have All the Warriors Gone?” Nick Kotz and Nancy B. Nathan and Cathryn Donohoe John A. Limpert, Editor
1986 Science 81 “Technology for Peace: High-Tech Vigilance”
“Technology for Peace: The Politics of Mistrust Technology for Peace: The Inspectors”
R. Jeffrey Smith
Roger Bingham Carl Posey
Allan L. Hammond, Editor
1987 Money “Inside the Billion-Dollar Business of Blood” Andrea Rock Marshall Loeb, Managing Editor, Landon Y. Jones, Executive Editor
1988 The Atlantic “The Morning After” Peter G. Peterson William Whitworth, Editor
1989 California “Halcion Madness; Halcion: Prescription for Trouble?” Cindy Ehrlich B.K. Moran, Editorial Director
1990 Southern Exposure “Don’t Count Your Chickens”
“Inside the Slaughterhouse the Fox Guarding the Hen House”
Barry Yeoman
Barbara Goldottas, Tom Devine
Eric Bates, Managing Editor
1991 Family Circle “Toxic Nightmare on Main Street” Stephanie Abarbanel Jacqueline Leo, Editor in Chief
1992 Glamour “Teenage and Pregnant: Where are the Doctors Who Will Do Abortions?”
“A Town Held Hostage”
Le Ann Schreiber
Francis Wilkinson
Ruth Whitney, Editor in Chief
1993 The Family Therapy Networker “Whatever Happened to Community Mental Health?—Revising the Dream”
Steering through the Storm Making House Calls”
Mary Sykes Wylie
James Carlin, Laura M. Markowitz
Dr. Richard Simon, Editor
1994 Philadelphia “Less Than One Percent; Floxin Follow-Up; Floxin Update” Stephen Fried Eliot Kaplan, Editor
1995 The New Republic “No Exit; She’s Baaack!” Elizabeth McCaughey Martin Peretz, Editor in Chief and Chairman, Andrew Sullivan, Editor
1996 Texas Monthly “Not What the Doctor Ordered” Mimi Swartz Gregory Curtis, Editor
1997 Fortune “How Bill Ruckelshaus is Taking on the New York Mob”; “Carting Away New York City’s Garbage Cartel” Richard Behar John Huey, Managing Editor
1998 The Atlantic “The Computer Delusion” Todd Oppenheimer William Whitworth, Editor
1999 TIME “Corporate Welfare”; “Paying a Price for Polluters”; “The Empire of the Pigs” Donald L. Bartlett and James B. Steele Walter Isaacson, Managing Editor
2000 The New Yorker “The Demon in the Freezer” Richard Preston David Remnick, Editor
2001 TIME “Big Money & Politics: How the Little Guy Gets Crunched”; “Soaked by Congress”; “Throwing the Game” Donald L. Bartlett and James B. Steele Walter Isaacson, Managing Editor
2002 The Atlantic “Bystanders to Genocide” Samantha Power Michael Kelly, Editor
2003 The Atlantic “The Fifty-First State?” James Fallows Cullen Murphy, Managing Editor
2004 The New Yorker “Lunch with the Chairman”; “Selective Intelligence”; “The Stovepipe” Seymour M. Hersh David Remnick, Editor
2005 The New Yorker “Torture at Abu Ghraib”; “Chain of Command”; “The Gray Zone” Seymour Hersh David Remnick, Editor
2006 The New Yorker “The Climate of Man: Part 1”; “The Climate of Man: Part II”; “The Climate of Man: Part III” Elizabeth Kolbert David Remnick, Editor
2007 Vanity Fair “Rules of Engagement” William Langewiesche Graydon Carter, Editor
2008 The Nation “How Specialist town Lost His Benefits”; Specialist Town Takes His Case to Washington” Joshua Kors Katrina vanden Heuvel, Editor and Publisher
2009 Bicycling “Broken” David Darlington Loren Mooney, Editor in Chief
2010 The New Yorker “The Cost Conundrum” Atul Gawande David Remnick, Editor
2011 The New Yorker “Letting Go” Atul Gawande David Remnick, Editor
2012 The New Yorker “The Invisible Army” Sarah Stillman David Remnick, Editor
2013 Texas Monthly Mothers, Sisters, Daughters, Wives Mimi Swartz Jake Silverstein, Editor in Chief
2014 TIME Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us Steven Brill Rick Stengel, Managing Editor
2015 Pacific Standard "Why Women Aren't Welcome on the Internet" Amanda Hess Maria Streshinsky, Editor in Chief
2016 Buzzfeed News "The New American Slavery," July 24, and "All You Americans Are Fired," December 1 at buzzfeed.com Jessica Garrison, Ken Bensinger and Jeremy Singer-Vine Ben Smith, Editor in Chief

Reporting[edit]

Previously known as Reporting Excellence (1970-1980) and New Reporting in 1988. Honors reporting excellence as exemplified by one article or a series of articles.

Year Magazine Article(s) Author(s) Editor
1970 The New Yorker ”Annals of Politics”
“Casualties of War”
Richard Harris
Daniel Lang
1971 The Atlantic ”Soldiers” Ward Just
1972 The Atlantic ”The 8,000,000: Report from China” Ross Terrill
1973 New York ”The Landlords of Hell’s Bedroom”; “The Old Man in the Bronx” Gail Sheehy
1974 The New Yorker ”Annals of Industry: Casualties of the Workplace”
“Reporter at Large: The Plundered Past”
Paul Brodeur
John McPhee, Karl E. Meyer
William Shawn, Editor
1975 The New Yorker ”Supertanker” Noel Mostert William Shawn, Editor

Hoyt Spellman, Director of Marketing

1976 Audubon ”Dr. Strangelove Builds a Canal”
“Song of the Seal”
Alvin Josephy
George Rieger
Les Line, Editor in Chief
1977 Audubon ”Cheap Chemicals and Dumb Luck” Curtis K. Stadtfeld Les Line, Editor in Chief
1978 The New Yorker A six-part series on Alaska John McPhee William Shawn, Editor
1979 Texas Monthly A three-part series on life in three disparate areas of Texas Richard West William Broyles, Editor
1980 Mother Jones' ”The Corporate Crime of the Century” Mark Dowie Zina Klapper
1981 National Journal ”Money Makes the World Go Round: But What If It Can’t Any More?” Robert J. Samuelson Richard S. Frank, Editor
1982 The Washingtonian ”The Saving of Mr. President” John Pekkanen John A. Limpert, Editor
1983 Institutional Investor ”Drysdale: What Really Happened?” Chris Welles Gilbert E. Kaplan
1984 Vanity Fair ”When Memory Goes” Francine du Plessix Gray Leo Lerman, Editor in Chief
1985 Texas Monthly ”The Man in the Black Hat” Paul Burka Gregory Curtis, Editor
1986 Rolling Stone ”The Plague Years” David Black Jann S. Wenner, Editor and Publisher
1987 LIFE ”The Liberation of Lolly and Gronky” Anne Fadiman Judith Daniels, Managing Editor
1988 The Washingtonian and Baltimore ”Life and Death on the Fast Track” Steven D. Kaye
Ramsey Flynn[4]
John A. Limpert, Editor

Stan Heuisler, Editor

1989 The New Yorker ”A Reporter at Large: Teheran Summer” Robin Wright Robert Gottlieb, Editor
1990 The New Yorker “A Reporter at Large: Beyond the Mountains” Mark Danner Robert Gottlieb, Editor
1991 The New Yorker ”The World of Business: Deal of the Year” Connie Bruck Robert Gottlieb, Editor
1992 The New Republic ”Highway to Hell”; “Rolls-Royce Revolutionaries”; “Back to the Hills” Michael Kelly Martin Peretz, Editor and Chief and Chairman
1993 IEEE Spectrum “Iraq and the Bomb”
“Halting Proliferation”
Glenn Zorpette
John A. Adam
Donald Christiansen, Editor and Publisher
1994 The New Yorker “A Reporter at Large: Remember Satan” Lawrence Wright Tina Brown, Editor
1995 The Atlantic ”Reefer Madness: Marijuana and the Law” Eric Schlosser William Whitworth, Editor
1996 The New Yorker ”The Politics of Perception” Connie Bruck Tina Brown, Editor
1997 Outside ”Into Thin Air” Jon Krakauer Lawrence J. Burke, Publisher and Editor in Chief

Mark Bryant, Editor

1998 Rolling Stone ”The True Story of John/Joan” John Colapinto Jann S. Wenner, Editor and Publisher

Robert Love, Managing Editor

1999 Newsweek ”Clinton and the Intern”; “The Secret War”; “The Tripp Trap?” Michael Isikoff and Evan Thomas Richard M. Smith, Editor in Chief and Chairman

Mark Whitaker, Editor

2000 Vanity Fair “Madness Visible”
“Forensic of War”
Janine di Giovanni
Sebastian Junger
Graydon Carter, Editor in Chief
2001 Esquire ”The Perfect Fire” Sean Flynn David Granger, Editor in Chief
2002 The Atlantic ”Crash of Egypt Air 990” William Langewiesche Michael Kelly, Editor
2003 The New Yorker ”In the Party of God” Jeffrey Goldberg David Remnick, Editor
2004 Rolling Stone ”The Killer Elite” Evan Wright Wenner, Editor and Publisher

Ed Needham, Managing Editor

2005 The New Yorker ”Dying in Darfur” Samantha Power David Remnick, Editor
2006 Rolling Stone ”The Man Who Sold the War” James Bamford Jann S. Wenner, Editor and Publisher

Will Dana, Managing Editor

2007 Esquire ”The School” C.J. Chivers David Granger, Editor in Chief
2008 National Geographic ”China’s Instant Cities” Peter Hassler Chris Johns, Editor in Chief
2009 The New York Times Magazine ”Right at the Edge” Dexter Filkins Gerald Marzorati, Editor in Chief
2010 The New York Times Magazine ”The Deadly Choices at Memorial” Sheri Fink Gerald Marzorati, Editor
2011 Harper's Magazine ”The Guatanamo ‘Suicides’” Scott Horton Roger D. Hodge, Editor
2012 The New Yorker ”The Apostate” Lawrence Wright David Remnick, Editor
2013 GQ 18 Tigers, 17 Lions, 8 Bears, 3 Cougars, 2 Wolves, 1 Baboon, 1 Macaque, and 1 Dead Man in Ohio Chris Health Jim Nelson, Editor in Chief
2014 The New York Times Magazine The Dream Boat Luke Mogelson Hugo Lindgren, Editor in Chief
2015 GQ Inside the Iron Closet Jeff Sharlet Jim Nelson, Editor in Chief
2016 Matter "My Nurses Are Dead, and I Don't Know If I'm Already Infected," January 12 at medium.com/matter Joshua Hammer Mark Lotto, Editor in Chief

Feature Writing[edit]

Honors original, stylish storytelling. Incorporates Profile writing as of 2013.

Year Magazine Article(s) Author(s) Editor
1988 The Atlantic "The Man Who Loves Only Numbers” Paul Hoffman William Whitworth, Editor
1989 Esquire "The Transformation of Johnny Spain” Chip Brown Lee Eisenberg, Editor in Chief
1990 The Washingtonian "Like Something the Lord Made” Katie McCabe John A. Limpert, Editor
1991 U.S. News & World Report "Vietnam Story” Joseph L. Galloway Merrill McLoughlin, Michael Ruby, co-editors
1992 Sports Illustrated "Shadow of a Nation” Gary Smith John Papanek, Managing Editor
1993 The New Yorker "Whose Art Is It?” Jane Kramer Tina Brown, Editor
1994 Harper's Magazine "The Last Shot” Darcy Frey Lewis H. Lapham, Editor
1995 GQ "The Abortionist” Tom Junod Arthur Cooper, Editor in Chief
1996 GQ "The Rapist Says He’s Sorry” Tom Junod Arthur Cooper, Editor in Chief
1997 Sports Illustrated "Crime and Punishment” Gary Smith Mark Mulvoy, Editor

Bill Colson, Managing Editor

1998 Harper's Magazine "Driving Mr. Albert” Michael Paterniti Lewis H. Lapham, Editor
1999 The American Scholar "Exiting Nirvana" Clara Claiborne Anne Fadiman, Editor
2000 Sports Illustrated "Moment of Truth” Gary Smith Bill Colson, Managing Editor
2001 Rolling Stone "The Weasel, Twelve Monkeys and the Shrub" David Foster Wallace Jann S. Wenner, Editor and Publisher

Robert Love, Managing Editor

2002 The Atlantic "Moonrise” Penny Wolfson Michael Kelly, Editor
2003 Harper's Magazine "Horseman, Pass By” John Jeremiah Sullivan Lewis H. Lapham, Editor
2004 The New Yorker "The Marriage Cure” Katherine Boo David Remnick, Editor
2005 Esquire "Home” Chris Jones David Granger, Editor in Chief
2006 The American Scholar "Genome Tome" Priscilla Long Robert Wilson, Editor
2007 GQ "The Other Side of Hate" Andrew Corsello Jim Nelson, Editor in Chief
2008 Atlanta "You Have Thousands of Angels Around You" Paige Williams Rebecca Burns, Editor in Chief
2009 Esquire "The Things That Carried Him” Chris Jones David Granger, Editor in Chief
2010 Texas Monthly "Still Life" Skip Hollandsworth Evan Smith, President and Editor in Chief

Jake Silverstein, Editor

2011 Los Angeles "The End" Ben Ehrenreich Mary Melton, Editor
2012 Esquire "Joplin!" Luke Dittrich David Granger, Editor in Chief
2013 Texas Monthly "The Innocent Man: Part I"; "The Innocent Man: Part II” Pamela Colloff Jake Silverstein, Editor in Chief
2014 The New Yorker "A Loaded Gun" Patrick Radden Keefe David Remnick, Editor Pamela Maffei McCarthy, Deputy Editor
2015 The Atavist "Love and Ruin" James Verini Evan Ratliff, Editor in Chief
2016 The New Yorker "The Really Big One," July 20 Kathryn Schulz David Remnick, Editor

Essays and Criticism[edit]

Category previously known as "Criticism & Belle-Lettres" (1977) and Essays (2000–10). Honors "long-form journalism that presents the opinions of the writer on topics ranging from the personal to the political".

Year Magazine Article(s) Author(s) Editor
1977 Mother Jones' "Peking! Peking!" Li-li Ch'en Jeffrey Klein, Editor
1978 Esquire "High on War" Michael Herr Don Erickson, Editorial Director, Clay S. Felker, Editor and Publisher
1979 LIFE "The View from 80" Malcolm Cowley Philip B. Kunhardt, Jr., Managing Editor
1980 Natural History Columns on Evolutionary Biology Stephen Jay Gould Alan Ternes
1981 TIME "Back to Reticence", "Return to Patriotism", "Rediscovering America" Lance Morrow Ray Cave, Managing Editor
1982 The Atlantic "Designer Dancing", "Balanchine's Tchaikovsky", "Moving Pictures" Holly Bruback William Whitworth, Editor
1983 The American Lawyer "Headnotes" (column) Steven Brill Steven Brill, Editor in Chief and Chairman
1984 The New Republic "The End of the World", "Crosscurrents: Pseudo-Private Lives", "The Politics of a Plague" Charles Krauthammer Martin Peretz, Editor in Chief and Chairman
1985 Boston "Politics" Howard Carr Donald H. Forst, Editor
1986 The Sciences "The Information Age: bsohligrimtyhplrylvdb", "The Computer Behind the Curtain",
"His Voice's Master"
Robert Wright Paul T. Libassi, Editor
1987 Outside "The Same River Twice", "Out of the Noösphere", "Chambers of Memory" David Quammen Lawrence J. Burke, Publisher and Editor in Chief
1988 Harper's Magazine "The Next Panic" L. J. Davis Lewis H. Lapham, Editor
1989 Harper's Magazine "The Urge for an End", "Who Won the West? Apologies to the Water Birds and Ranchhands", "I'm Black, You're White, Who's Innocent" Edward Hoagland, William Kittredge, Shelby Steele Lewis H. Lapham, Editor
1990 Vanity Fair "Darkness Visible" William Styron Tina Brown, Editor in Chief
1991 The Sciences "The Aesthetic Equation", "A Ripple in Gravity's Lens", "Dead Ringer" Hans Christian von Baeyer Peter G. Brown, Editor
1992 The Nation "Naming and Blaming: Media Goes Wilding in Palm Beach",
"Why We Read: Canon to the Right of Me..."
Katha Pollitt Victor S. Navasky, Editor
1993 The American Lawyer "Maybe the Jury Was Right" Roger Parloff Steven Brill, President and Editor in Chief
1994 Harper's Magazine "Mirrorings", "A Woman's Work", "The Crash of Blue-Sky California" Lucy Grealy, Louise Erdrich, David Beers Lewis H. Lapham, Editor
1995 Harper's Magazine "Robert Barons Redux", "Morte de Nixon", "Terms of Endearment" Lewis H.Lapham Lewis H. Lapham, Editor
1996 The New Yorker "True Grid", "Did He Do It?", "Modes of Seduction" Simon Schama Tina Brown, Editor
1997 The New Yorker "Escaping Picasso" Adam Gopnik Tina Brown, Editor
1998 The New Yorker "Who Owns Anne Frank?" Cynthia Ozick Tina Brown, Editor
1999 The Atlantic "Hymn" Emily Hiestand William Whitworth, Editor
2000 The Sciences "Clock of Ages" Brian Hayes Peter G. Brown, Editor
2001 The New Yorker "Like a King" Adam Gopnik David Remnick, Editor
2002 The New Yorker "My Father's Brain" Jonathan Franzen David Remnick, Editor
2003 The American Scholar "A Piece of Cotton" Anne Fadiman Anne Fadiman, Editor
2004 The New Yorker "A Sudden Illness" Laura Hillenbrand David Remnick, Editor
2005 National Geographic "Was Darwin Wrong?" David Quammen William L. Allen, Editor in Chief
2006 Vanity Fair "A Matter of Life and Death" Marjorie Williams Graydon Carter, Editor
2007 The Georgia Review "Russell and Mary" Michael Donohue Stephen Corey, Acting Editor
2008 New Letters "I Am Joe's Prostate" Thomas E. Kennedy Robert Stewart, Editor in Chief
2009 Backpacker "The Source of All Things" Tracy Ross Jonathan Dorn, Editor in Chief
2010 National Geographic "Top Ten State Fair Joys" Garrison Keillor Chris Johns, Editor in Chief
2011 The Paris Review "Mister Lytle: An Essay" John Jeremiah Sullivan Lorin Stein, Editor
2012 New York "Paper Tigers" Wesley Yang Adam Moss, Editor in Chief
2013 The Atlantic "Fear of a Black President" Ta-Nehisi Coates James Bennet, Editor in Chief

Scott Stossel, Editor

2014 The New Yorker "Thanksgiving in Mongolia" Ariel Levy David Remnick, Editor Pamela Maffei McCarthy, Deputy Editor
2015 The New Yorker "This Old Man" Roger Angell David Remnick, Editor
2016 Esquire "The Friend," May Matthew Teague David Granger, Editor in Chief

Columns and Commentary[edit]

Honors political and social commentary; news analysis; and reviews and criticism.

Year Magazine Article(s) Author(s) Editor
2002 New York ”Russert to Judgment”; “Sullivan’s Travels”; “The Stupids” Michael Wolff Caroline Miller, Editor in Chief
2003 The Nation ”God Changes Everything”; “Backlash Babies”; “As Miss World Turns” Katha Pollitt Katrina vanden Heuvel, Editor
2004 New York ”Life from Doha”; “My Big Fat Questions”; “Al Jazeera’s Edge” Michael Wolff Caroline Miller, Editor in Chief
2005 National Journal ”On Same-Sex Marriage”; “Bush Failed the Public and Himself”; “Fix the McCain-Feingold Law”; Oops—Can I Say That?”; “Good Plan, Republicans. But It Didn’t Work in Britain” Jonathan Rauch Charles Green, Editor
2006 The New Yorker ”Landmarks”; “Mired”; “Bah Humbug” Hendrik Hertzberg David Remnick, Editor
2007 Vanity Fair ”Childhood’s End”; “The Vietnam Syndrome”; “Oriana Fallaci and the Art of Interview” Christopher Hitchens Graydon Carter, Editor
2008 Rolling Stone ”Worse Than Bush”; “My Favorite Nut Job”; “Obama’s Moment” Matt Taibbi Jann S. Wenner, Editor and Publisher

Will Dana, Managing Editor

2009 Automobile ”They Fought the Laws (of Supply and Demand), and the Laws Won”; “Lease Me to the Moon: The Rise and Fall of Consumer Finance?”; “Bailout Time for the Big Three”; “None Dare Call Them Republicans” Jamie Kitman Jean Jennings, President and Editor in Chief
2010 Newsweek ”Worthwhile Canadian Initiative”; “The Way Out of Afghanistan”; “Theocracy and Its Discontents” Fareed Zakaria Jon Meacham, Editor
2011 Vanity Fair ”Topic of Cancer”; “Unanswerable Prayers”; “Miss Manners and the Big C” Christopher Hitchens Graydon Carter, Editor
2012 Vanity Fair ”When the King Saved God”; “Unspoken Truths”; “From Abbottabad to Worse” Christopher Hitchens Graydon Carter, Editor
2013 Slate It’s Not About the Law, Stupid”; “The Supreme Court’s Dark Vision of Freedom”; “Where Is The Liberal Outrage? Dahlia Lithwick David Plotz, Editor in Chief
2014 The New Yorker Shark Week”; “Difficult Women”; “Private Practice Emily Nussbaum Remnick, Editor; Pamela Maffei McCarthy, Deputy Editor
2015 New York Zombies on the Walls: Why Does So Much New Abstraction Look the Same?,” “Taking in Jeff Koons, Creator and Destroyer of Worlds,” “Post-Macho God: Matisse's Cut-Outs Are World-Historically Gorgeous" Jerry Saltz Adam Moss, Editor in Chief
2016 The Intercept "A Visit to the Sweat Lodge," July 16, "Santa Muerte, Full of Grace," August 24, and "Stop Sending Me Jonathan Franzen Novels," October 6, at theintercept.com Barrett Brown Betsy Reed, Editor in Chief

Fiction[edit]

Previously known as Fiction & Belle-Lettres (1974 -1976). Honors fiction originally published in magazines.

Year Magazine Article(s) Author(s) Editor
1970 Redbook ”Tonight at 9:36”
“Troubadour”
“The Magic Mama”
Alfred Gillespie
Rick Sterry
Lucille Clifton
Sey Chassler, Editor in Chief
1971 Esquire
1972 Mademoiselle ”A Most Incredible Meal” William Kotzwinkle
1973 The Atlantic ”Enormous Changes at the Last Minute” Grace Paley
1974 The New Yorker ”A Bad Baby”
“A Story in an Almost Classical Mode”
“Burial”
Roberta Silman
Harold Brodkey
Larry Woiwode
William Shawn, Editor
1975 Redbook ”Swimmer in the Secret Sea” William Kotzwinkle Sey Chassler, Editor in Chief
1976 Essence ”Isom” Hortense Spillers Marcia Anne Gillespie, Editor in Chief
1977 Mother Jones' ”Peking! Peking!” Li-li Ch’en Jeffrey Klein, Editor
1978 The New Yorker ”In the Miro District”
“Potter”
“The Kugelmass Episode”
Peter Taylor
Mavis Gallant
Woody Allen
William Shawn, Editor
1979 The Atlantic ”Oh, Joseph, I’m So Tired” Richard Yates Robert Manning, Editor
1980 Antaeus ”The Farm” Joy Williams Susan Dwyer
1981 North American Review ”Every Day a Visitor”
“A Guide to the Geography of Vermont”
“Summer Opportunity”
Richard Abrons
Ward Just
Maria Thomas
Robley Wilson, Jr.
1982 The New Yorker ”A Correspondence Course”
“Sister Imelda”
“The City”
Nadine Gordimer
Edna O’Brien
John Updike
William Shawn, Editor
1983 North American Review “Scales”
“Putting and Gardening"
"The Novitiate”
Louise Erdrich
William F. VanWert
Erica Liederman
Robley Wilson, Jr.
1984 Seventeen ”An Eighty Percent Chance”
“The Education of Esther Eileen"

“Teenage Wasteland”

Elizabeth Benedict
Roberta Silman
Anne Tyler
Midge Turk Richardson, Editor in Chief
1985 Playboy ”The Trail of Your Blood on the Snow”
“Forky”
“Julius Caesar and the Werewolf”
Gabriel García Márquez
Andre dubus III
John Gardner
Arthur Kretchmer, Editorial Director
1986 The Georgia Review ”Time and Fear and Somehow Love”
“Something Good for Ginnie”
“Somewhere Geese are Flying”
Lee K. Abbott
Mary Hood
Gary Gildner
Stanley W. Lindberg, Editor
1987 Esquire ”Fleur”
“Doc’s Story”
“The Things They Carried”
Louise Erdrich
Edgar Wideman
Tim O’Brien
Lee Eisenberg, Editor in Chief
1988 The Atlantic ”A Farm at Raraba”
“The Man Who Knew Belle Starr”
“The Halfway Diner”
Ernst Havemann
Richard Bausch
John Sayles
William Whitworth, Editor
1989 The New Yorker ”White Angel ”
"I Read My Nephew Stories”

“We”

Michael Cunningham
Ethan Mordden
Mary Grimm
Robert Gottlieb, Editor
1990 The New Yorker ”Goodness and Mercy”
“The Trick of It”
“Letter to the Lady of the House”
Alice Munro
Michael Frayn
Richard Bausch
Robert Gottlieb, Editor
1991 Esquire ”Something to Remember Me By”
“Faces of Madness”
“Serious Need”
Saul Bellow
Rachel Ingalls
Reynolds Price
Lee Eisenberg, Editor in Chief
1992 Story ”It’s Come to This”
“Silver Water”
“The Greatest Living Mayan Speller Extant”
Annick Smith
Amy Bloom
W.D. Wetherell
Lois Rosenthal, Editor
1993 The New Yorker ”A Wilderness Station”
“Career Move”
“Parachute Silk”
Alice Munro
Martin Amis
Emily Carter
Robert Gottlieb, Editor
1994 Harper's Magazine ”The Prophet from Jupiter”
“The 400-Pound CEO”
“The Practical Heart”
Tom Earley
George Saunders
Allan Gurganus
Lewis H. Lapham, Editor
1995 Story ”Waiting for the Evening News”
“Kingdom of the Sun”
“The Story of My Life”
Tim Gautreaux
Alice Schell
Kim Edwards
Lois Rosenthal, Editor
1996 Harper's Magazine ”The Woodcarver’s Table”
“Bounty”
“The Lost Girl”
Mark SloukaGeorge Saunders
Tova Reich
Lewis H. Lapham, Editor
1997 The New Yorker ”New York Girl”
“Baster”
“Save My Child!”
John Updike
Jeffrey Eugenides
Cynthia Ozick
Tina Brown, Editor
1998 The New Yorker ”People Like THAT? US? Are the Only People Here”
“A Visit”
“Brokeback Mountain”
Lorrie Moore
Steven Millhauser
Annie Proulx
Tina Brown, Editor
1999 Harper's Magazine ”The Whore’s Child”
“Lucky Ducks”
“Son of the Wolfman”
Richard Russo
Lorrie Moore
Michael Chabon
Lewis H. Lapham, Editor
2000 The New Yorker ”The Third and Final Continent”
“The Barber’s Unhappiness”
“Dominion”
Jhumpa Lahiri
George Saunders
Robert Stone
David Remnick, Editor
2001 Zoetrope: All-Story ”Fialta”
“Fair Warning”
"The Cavemen in the Hedges”
Rebecca Lee
Robert Olen Butler
Stacey Richter
Adrienne Brodeur, Editor in Chief
2002 The New Yorker ”What is Remembered”
“A House on the Plains”
“Surrounded by Sleep”
Alice Munro
E.L. Doctorow
Akhil Sharma
David Remnick, Editor
2003 The New Yorker ”Baader-Meinhof”
“The Thing in the Forest”
“Jolene: A Life”
Don DeLillo
A.S. Bryant
E.L. Doctorow
David Remnick, Editor
2004 Esquire ”Presence”
“The Red Bow”
“Rest Stop”
Arthur Miller
George Saunders
Stephen King
David Granger, Editor in Chief
2005 The Atlantic ”An Incomplete Map of the Northern Polarity”
“Foaling Season”
“The One in White”
Nathan Roberts
Aryn Kyle
Robert Olen Butler
Cullen Murphy, Managing Editor
2006 The Virginia Quarterly Review ”Peacekeeper”
“Smother”
“Ina Grove”
Alan Heathcock
Joyce Carol Oates
R.T. Smith
Ted Genoways, Editor
2007 McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern ”Wild Child”
“To Sit, Unmoving”
“The Strange Career of Dr. Raju Gopalarajan”
T.C. Boyle
Susan Steinberg
Rajesh Parameswaran
Dave Eggers, Editor
2008 Harper's Magazine ”Death of the Pugilist”
“Fiction”
“A Report on Our Recent Troubles”
Daniel Mason
Alice Munro
Steven Millhauser
Roger D. Hodge, Editor
2009 The New Yorker ”Them Old Cowboy Songs”
“The Noble Truths of Suffering”
Annie Proulx
Alexsandar Hermon
David Remnick, Editor
2010 McSweeney’s Quarterly ”Memory Wall”
“Raw Water”
“Further Interpretations of Real-Life Events”
Anthony Doerr
Wells Tower
Kevin Moffett
Dave Eggers, Editor
2011 The Virginia Quarterly Review ”Minor Watt” Paul Theroux Ted Genoways, Editor
2012 Zoetrope: All-Story ”The Hox River Window” Karen Russell Michael Ray, Editor
2013 Harper's Magazine Batman and Robin Have an Altercation Stephen King Ellen Rosenbush, Editor
2014 The New Yorker The Embassy of Cambodia Zadie Smith David Remnick, Editor

Pamela Maffei McCarthy, Deputy Editor

2015 The New Yorker The Emerald Light in the Air Donald Antrim David Remnick, Editor
2016 Zoetrope: All-Story "The Grozny Tourist Bureau," Fall Anthony Marra Michael Ray, Editor

Magazine of the Year[edit]

Honors magazines for editorial excellence as demonstrated in print and on digital platforms for the quality and consistency of magazine-branded content and services produced by or associated with the publication, including but not limited to conferences and events; books; and radio and television programs.

Year Magazine Issues Editor
2010 Glamour April, September, November Cynthia Leive, Editor in Chief

Jill Herzig, Executive Editor

Ben Berentson, Online Managing Editor

2011 National Geographic February, April, December; NationalGeographic.com Chris Johns, Editor in Chief

Rob Covey, Digital Media Editor, NGM.com

2012 TIME May 20, October 17 and December 26, 2011/January 2, 2012 Print Issues; TIME.com; Weekly iPad App Rick Stengel, Managing Editor

Catherine Sharick, Managing Editor, TIME.com

2013 New York May 28, October 22, November 12 Print and iPad Editions, nymag.com Adam Moss, Editor in Chief

Ben Williams, Online Editorial Director

2014 Fast Company March, May, October Print Editions; May, June, July/August iPad Editions; fastcompany.com Robert Safian, Editor

Florian Bachleda, Creative Director

Noah Robischon, Executive Director of Digital

2015 Vogue February, April and July Print and Tablet Editions; vogue.com Anna Wintour, Editor in Chief
2016 The Atlantic January/February, March and October; The Atlantic Magazine: Digital Editor; theatlantic.com James Bennet, Editor in Chief

Scott Stossel, Editor

John Gould, Editor, TheAtlantic.com

Former categories[edit]

National Magazine Award[edit]

For the first four years of the National Magazine Awards, only one award was given.

1966

  • Look "for its skillful editing, imagination and editorial integrity, all of which were reflected particularly in its treatment of the racial issue during 1965.”


1967

  • LIFE "in recognition of skillful, imaginative and constructive editing as reflected particularly in vivid photo reporting of the war in Vietnam, outstanding coverage of the civil rights issue, and effective support for the preservation of great works of art—in keeping with an admirable tradition of public education on cultural subjects.”

1968

  • Newsweek "in recognition of that magazine's development of a new form of editorial analysis and advocacy in its major effort to present America's racial problems. The 'program of action,' published in Newsweek's issue of November 20, 1967, was a 23 page article combining reportage, analysis and opinion under the title 'The Negro in America: What Must Be Done.' The judges considered the project, clearly labeled as a departure from Newsweek’s standard policy, to have been skillfully and responsibly executed. They consider it a useful and important form, when sparingly used, in the news magazine field.”


1969

  • American Machinist Magazine, a McGraw-Hill trade publication, which was recognized for its special issue, “Will John Garth Make It?” The study of U.S. industry’s role in combating unemployment, especially among those that companies might consider unemployable, included Mr. Garth, a 26-year-old high school dropout and parolee.

Certificates of Special Recognition[edit]

Identifying one winner was no doubt a challenge for the judges in the first years of the National Magazine Awards. It was decided from the start that Certificates of Special Recognition as well as commendations would be given.

1966

  • Scientific American “for general excellence in its field and, particularly, for its special issue, drawing on many disciplines, dealing with the broad subject of urbanization”
  • Grade Teacher “for its high quality treatment of important new subjects, conspicuously improved use of illustration and practical service to its readership—all within the limitations of a modest budget”
  • Ebony “for imaginative and forceful treatment of social questions as reflected particularly in its issue on 'The White Problem in America'”


1967

  • Motive “for editorial vitality, for tasteful innovation in design, and for forthright treatment of delicate issues that once would have been taboo in religious-affiliated publications"


1968

  • Esquire “for its editorial creativity and diversity its original typographical and pictorial presentation, and its penetrating reporting of character and social trends as exemplified in its submitted article about Jack Ruby”
  • LIFE “for its uncompromising and well documented series exposing the scale of organized crime in the United States and for its pursuit of new facets of the subject”
  • Vogue “for visual grace, wit and innovation accompanied by printed content in harmony with its high graphic standard”

Commendation[edit]

Nine titles were commended at the first annual National Magazine Awards. This was the only year such recognition was given.

1966

  • TIME "for the innovation of its well researched, expertly written and balanced series of ‘TIME Essays.’”
  • The New Yorker “for its skillful editing and for its flair for dramatic innovation as demonstrated by its publication of Truman Capote’s ‘In Cold Blood.’"
  • American Machinist Magazine “for its comprehensive treatment of the balance of payments problem as it affects industry.”
  • Continuum “for its role, as a Roman Catholic magazine of small circulation, in delving into controversy and presenting strong conviction and thorough research in a handsome format.”
  • Motive “for skillful and dramatic presentations of major issues in a small-circulation Protestant magazine.”
  • Vogue “for its effective use of color in editorial pages.”
  • Fortune “for its clear and thoughtful presentations, including its series offering a fresh look at the influence of automation.”
  • TV Guide “for dealing thoughtfully with controversial topics in a setting where others might have settled for fan-appeal trivia.”
  • LIFE “for overall skill in dealing with contemporary civilization, cultural subjects and public affairs.”

Special Award[edit]

Year Magazine
1976 TIME, Bicentennial Issue
1989 Robert E. Kenyon, Jr.

Specialized Journalism[edit]

Year Magazine
1970 Philadelphia
1971 Rolling Stone
1972 Architectural Record
1973 Psychology Today
1974 Texas Monthly
1975 Medical Economics
1976 United Mine Workers Journal
1977 Architectural Record
1978 Scientific American
1979 National Journal
1980 IEEE Spectrum

Profile Writing[edit]

Previously known as Profiles (2000-2001). Honors excellence in profile writing by recognizing the vividness and perceptiveness with which the writer brings his or her subject to life.

Year Magazine
2000 Sports Illustrated
2001 The New Yorker
2002 The New Yorker
2003 Sports Illustrated
2004 Esquire
2005 The New Yorker
2006 Esquire
2007 New York
2008 Vanity Fair
2009 Rolling Stone
2010 Esquire
2011 The New York Times Magazine
2012 D Magazine

Reviews and Criticism[edit]

Honors excellence in criticism of art, books, movies, television, theater, music, dance, food, dining, fashion, products and the like by recognizing the knowledge, persuasiveness and original voice that the critic brings to his or her reviews.

Year Magazine
2000 Esquire
2001 The New Yorker
2002 Harper's Magazine
2003 Vanity Fair
2004 Esquire
2005 The New Yorker
2006 Harper's Magazine
2007 The Nation
2008 The Atlantic
2009 The New Yorker
2010 The New Yorker

News and Documentary Photography[edit]

Previously known as Photojournalism (2007-2010) and News Photography (2011-2012). Honors excellence in the informative photographic documentation of an event or subject in real-time.

Year Magazine
2007 The Paris Review
2008 National Geographic
2009 National Geographic
2010 National Geographic
2011 The New York Times Magazine
2012 Harper's Magazine

Photography, Digital Media[edit]

Honors overall excellence in the design of magazine websites and online-only magazines.

Year Magazine
2010 National Geographic
2011 LIFE

General Excellence in Digital Media[edit]

Previously known as General Excellence in New Media (1997-2000), General Excellence Online (2001-2009) and General Excellence, Digital Media (2010-2013).

Year Magazine
1997 Money
1998 The Sporting News
1999 Cigar Aficionado
2000 Bloomberg Businessweek
2001 U.S. News & World Report
2002 National Geographic
2003 Slate
2004 CNET News
2005 Style.com
2006 National Geographic
2007 Beliefnet
2008 Runner's World
2009 New York
Backpacker
2010 New York
2011 Slate
2012 New York
2013 Pitchfork

Design, Digital Media[edit]

Previously known as Best Interactive Design (2001). Honors overall excellence in the design of magazine websites and online-only magazines.

Year Magazine
2001 SmartMoney
2010 Billboard.com
2011 The New York Times Magazine
2012 Wired

Reporting, Digital Media[edit]

Previously known as News Reporting (2010-2011). Honors overall excellence in the design of magazine websites and online-only magazines.

Year Magazine
2010 The Virginia Quarterly Review
2011 Foreign Policy
2012 Wired

Personal Service, Digital Media[edit]

Previously known as Interactive Service (2007) and Personal Service Online (2008-2008). Honors a site’s effective use of multimedia technology to deliver information that users can act on to improve the quality of their personal lives or enjoy recreational pursuits.

Year Magazine
2007 Businessweek
2008 Businessweek
2009 Backpacker
2012 MensHealth.com

Commentary, Digital Media[edit]

Previously known as Blogging (2010-2011). Honors excellence in opinion journalism on digital platforms.

Year Magazine
2010 Foreign Policy
2011 Tablet Magazine
2012 The American Scholar

Website Department[edit]

Previously known as Regular Department or Section (2010) and Online Department (2011). Honors a regularly updated, clearly branded department or channel.

Year Magazine
2010 Sports Illustrated
2011 Fast Company
2012 The Daily Beast

Utility App[edit]

Previously known as Interactive Feature (2007-2009) and Interactive Tool (2010-2011). Honors an outstanding app, feature or section of a website that uses multimedia technology, tools, community platforms or other interactive formats to deliver or share content such as news, information and entertainment, rather than practical instruction or advice.

Year Magazine
2007 New York
2008 Bicycling
2009 AARP The Magazine
2010 Men's Health
2011 Epicurious
2012 TIME

Community[edit]

Year Magazine
2010 National Geographic

Podcasting[edit]

Honors outstanding audio podcasts on a magazine website or online-only magazine.

Year Magazine
2010 Tablet Magazine
2011 Poetry

Tablet Magazine[edit]

Previously known as Mobile Media (2010), Mobile Edition (2011) and Tablet Edition (2012). Honors magazines published on tablets and e-readers, including digital-only magazines.

Year Magazine
2010 Epicurious
2011 Esquire
2012 National Geographic
2013 National Geographic
2014 National Geographic
2015 National Geographic

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Carmody, Deirdre (April 17, 1992). "National Geographic and New Republic Win". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Keith, J. (March 15, 2007). "Ellie Picks Nominated". New York Post. 
  3. ^ Neuffer, Elizabeth (April 23, 1987). "13 Prizes Awarded for Magazine Excellence". The New York Times.  External link in |work= (help)
  4. ^ "The Atlantic Receives 3 Magazine Awards". NYTimes. April 29, 1988. Retrieved April 27, 2015. 

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