2017 Award Winners Announced

The Missouri School of Journalism
University of Missouri-Columbia

May 22, 2017
The Best of City and Regional Magazines


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Sarasota Magazine, Portland Monthly and Texas Monthly won the coveted general excellence awards in their circulation categories in the 32nd Annual National City and Regional Magazine Awards competition announced May 22 at CRMA’s annual conference in Houston, Texas.

Texas Monthly swept this year’s awards, claiming seven prizes. Chicago Magazine won five awards, and 5280 (Denver) and Boston Magazine scored three awards each. Atlanta Magazine, Baltimore Magazine, Philadelphia Magazine and Portland Monthly secured two awards each. Eight other magazines — Charlotte Magazine, Cincinnati Magazine, D Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, Our State: Celebrating North Carolina, Sarasota Magazine, St. Louis Magazine and Washingtonian Magazine — won single awards.

Texas Monthly won the Profiles category for larger circulations with “The Iconoclast,” Eric Benson’s story of an immunologist who challenged prevailing medical wisdom to uncover a possible cancer cure. The magazine excelled in the design categories, winning four awards. “Objects of Our Affection” took top honors for Feature Design for circulations greater than 60,000 for its inspired use of typography and silhouetted photography that highlight Texas artifacts. Texas Monthly won Cover Excellence for its impressive use of portraiture and food styling, and the thoughtfully crafted August issue won the Excellence in Design category. Victoria Millner was named Designer of the Year for a diversity of work in Texas Monthly, including eye-catching infographics, beautiful illustrations and engaging use of typography.

Chicago Magazine won two writing awards, including Essays, Commentary and Criticism for Peter Nickeas’ gripping account of covering the city’s violent crime in “Three Years of Nights.” The magazine’s Bryan Smith was awarded Writer of the Year for his ability to portray subjects, including the world’s best female basketball player and a puritanical, sex obsessed cult leader, with equal parts ferocity and care. The magazine also won the Photography category for a culturally aware neighborhood profile, and “For the Love of Pets” received top honors for Leisure and Lifestyle Interests. Chicago Magazine also won Excellence Online for a fulfilling and urgent digital experience.

5280’s “Still Life” by Chris Outcalt,” a chronicle of injustice faced by one man sent as a teenager to prison for life without parole, won for Civic Journalism. The magazine also won the Reader Service and E-Newsletter categories. Boston Magazine won three writing awards, including Reporting, for Gus Garcia-Roberts’ story of a convicted killer’s possible innocence, Excellence in Writing, for the original reporting and fresh angles of the magazine’s December issue, and Food or Dining Writing, for Jolyon Helterman’s fresh and energetic reviews.

Spread Design for circulations greater than 60,000 went to Atlanta Magazine, as did Ancillary General Interest, for the magazine’s literary-themed fall/winter “Southbound” issue. Baltimore Magazine excelled in design, winning awards for Spread Design and Feature Design for circulations less than 60,000. Philadelphia Magazine took home two writing awards: Liz Spikol’s wit and reporting won the Column writing category, and Sandy Hingston’s “What Are the Chances?” won Feature Story for circulations above 60,000. In addition to its General Excellence award, Portland Monthly’s Design Annual was honored for Ancillary Home/Shelter.

Charlotte Magazine’s Michael Graff took Feature Story for circulations less than 60,000 with “Mustang Green,” a three-part series on a talented high school athlete, a dedicated father and coach and a public school’s evolving understanding of diversity. Cincinnati Magazine’s “Frontlines” won Magazine Section for its tight editing and daring attitude. D Magazine’s Peter Simek won the Online Column category. Among Simek’s authoritative pieces was a next-day column on a shooting of police officers during a march against police violence.

The sugary delights of Los Angeles Magazine’s “The Sweet Life: L.A.’s Best Desserts” won the Food or Dining Feature Package category, and the writing, behind-the-scenes photography and videography of Our State’s “A Long Way to the Sea” won Multiplatform Storytelling. St. Louis Magazine’s Jeannette Cooperman took top honors in Profiles less than 60,000 for “The Mission,” a profile of soon-to-be Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens. The real-life wedding profiles and unexpected ideas of Washingtonian’s “Bride & Groom” earned the award for Ancillary Weddings.

More than 100 judges selected the finalists. They included representatives from publications such as AARP the MagazineAdvertising Age, Audubon, Cosmopolitan, Better Homes & Gardens, Country Gardens, Diabetic Living, Discover Magazine, Eater, ELLE, Entertainment Weekly, ESPN The MagazineEsquire, Everyday with Rachel Ray, Family Circle, Fast Company, Food Network Magazine, HDTV Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, Houston Press, Marie Claire, Men’s HealthMidwest Living, Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Modern Farmer, National Geographic, Outdoor Life, Oxford American, OUT, Popular Mechanics, Reminisce Magazine, Runner’s World, Saveur, Southern Living, Successful Farming, Sunset, Time, Village Voice Media, the Washington Post and Women’s Health, as well as journalism professors from the Missouri School of Journalism.

The competition is open to members of CRMA and other city and regional magazines throughout North America that qualify. The contest is a 32-year-old national competition and has been coordinated by the University of Missouri School of Journalism on behalf of CRMA for 21 years.

For more information, contact Contest Coordinator Kimberly Townlain, University of Missouri, 320 Lee Hills Hall, Columbia, MO 65211 (573-884-1869) or CRMA Executive Director Cate Sanderson, 287 Richards Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850 (203-515-9294).

The 2017 nominees and winners include: (Winners are listed first.)


General Excellence 1

Sarasota Magazine

Columbus Monthly

Madison Magazine

San Antonio Magazine

Sonoma Magazine


General Excellence 2

Portland Monthly

Austin Monthly

Charlotte Magazine

Indianapolis Monthly

Seattle Met


General Excellence 3

Texas Monthly

5280 (Denver)

Los Angeles Magazine

Philadelphia Magazine




Chicago Magazine                             “Three Years of Nights” (Peter Nickeas)

Chicago Magazine                               “Dispatches From the Rap Wars” (Forrest Stuart as told to Elly Fishman)

Indianapolis Monthly                            “The Wonder Years” (Alicia Garceau)

Philadelphia Magazine                         “Meanwhile, in Trump Country” (Holly Otterbein)

Sactown Magazine                               “The Brutalist Truth” (Rob Turner)


Food or Dining Writing

Boston Magazine                               (Jolyon Helterman)

                                                            “Doretta Taverna & Raw Bar”




Chicago Magazine                               (Jeff Ruby)

“Keeping It Weird”

“From On High”

“Age of Alinea”


Indianapolis Monthly                           (Julia Spalding)

“Posh Spice”

“Now Trending”

“Raised Well”


Portland Monthly                                 (Karen Brooks)

“High Chairs & Hard Core”

“The X-Files”

“Isn’t She Lovely”


Yankee Magazine                                 (Amy Traverso)

“Amaral’s Fish & Chips”

“Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough”

“Flo’s Hot Dogs”



Philadelphia Magazine                      (Liz Spikol)

                                                            “Natural Wonder”

                                                            “State of Confusion”

                                                            “Girlhood, Interrupted”


D Magazine                                         (Eric Celeste)

“Fixer Upper”

“The Resume is Coming From Inside the Building!”

“Who Would Vote Against This?”


Philadelphia Magazine                         (Richard Rys)

“Pitch Perfect”


“Joltin’ Joey’s Big Win”


Texas Monthly                                      (Michael Agresta)

“Wards Matter”

“Miracle in the Desert”

“Border Crossings”


Texas Monthly                                      (Sterry Butcher)

“Toast of the Town”

“Something in the Air”

“Let Fly the Loop”



Boston Magazine                                “A Final Appeal” (Gus Garcia-Roberts)

Philadelphia Magazine                          “This Was No Accident” (Steve Volk)

St. Louis Magazine                               “Manifest Injustice” (Jeannette Cooperman)

Texas Monthly                                      “When the River Rises” (Jamie Thompson)

Yankee Magazine                                 “A Fatal Mistake” (Rachel Slade)


Profile (Circulation less than 60,000)

St. Louis Magazine                             “The Mission” (Jeanette Cooperman)

Columbus Monthly                               “Life is Incredible, The Good and the Bad” (Suzanne Goldsmith)

Indianapolis Monthly                            “Where the Sidewalk Ends” (Daniel S. Comiskey)

Seattle Met                                           “A Son Rises in the West” (Matthew Halverson)

Seattle Met                                           “Katie Rose on Top of the World” (Kade Krichko)


Profile (Circulation more than 60,000)

Texas Monthly                                    “The Iconoclast” (Eric Benson)

Boston Magazine                                 “The World v. Alan Dershowitz” (Simon Van Zuylen-Wood)

Chicago Magazine                               “Can Jerryon Stevens Be Saved?” (Elly Fishman)

Los Angeles Magazine                         “Who is the Real Eric Garcetti?” (Gabriel Kahn)

Texas Monthly                                      “The Minor Regional Novelist” (Skip Hollandsworth)


Feature Story (Circulation less than 60,000)

Charlotte Magazine                           “Mustang Green” (Michael Graff)

Honolulu Magazine                              “Shark!” (Don Wallace)

Indianapolis Monthly                           “The Unblinding” (Adam Wren)

Portland Monthly                                 “The Battle of ‘86” (Brent Walth)

St. Louis Magazine                              “The Cure” (Jeannette Cooperman)


Feature Story (Circulation more than 60,000)

Philadelphia Magazine                      “What are the Chances?” (Sandy Hingston)

Chicago Magazine                               “An American Tragedy” (Bryan Smith)

Texas Monthly                                      “The Reckoning” (Pamela Colloff)

Texas Monthly                                      “Off Course” (Stephen Harrigan)

Washingtonian                                     “John Hinckley, Now” (Eddie Dean)


Writer of the Year

Chicago Magazine                              Bryan Smith

Boston Magazine                                  Simon Van Zuylen-Wood

Philadelphia Magazine                          Holly Otterbein

St. Louis Magazine                               Jeannette Cooperman

Texas Monthly                                       Katy Vine


Excellence in Writing

Boston Magazine                              December

5280 (Denver)                                      August

Chicago Magazine                              June

Los Angeles Magazine                        December

Philadelphia Magazine                        June


Spread Design (Circulation less than 60,000)

Baltimore Magazine                           “A Wonderful Dream” (Amanda White-Iseli) 

Austin Monthly                                     “Collective Soul” (Ashley Burch)

Baltimore Magazine                             “Magic Surrounds Her” (Amanda White-Iseli)

Honolulu Magazine                              “Into the Woods” (Kelsey Ige)

Main Line Today                                   “A Reconciliation” (Cistela Tschumy)


Spread Design (Circulation more than 60,000)

Atlanta Magazine                               “No Accident” (Liz Noftle)

Atlanta Magazine                                 “Basso Profundo” (Kristen Kellogg)

Boston Magazine                                 “The Biggest Little Man in Boston” (Eric Mongeon)

Chicago Magazine                               “The Reckoning of Marc Winner” (Emily Johnson)

Texas Monthly                                      “The Reckoning” (Emily Kimbro)


Feature Design (Circulation less than 60,000)

Baltimore Magazine                           “Happy Trails” (Amanda White-Iseli) 

Austin Monthly                                     “Loaded” (Hector Sanchez)

Honolulu Magazine                               “The End of Sugar” (Kelsey Ige)

Palm Springs Life                                 “On the Road Again” (Robert Festino)

Portland Monthly                                  “Love, Portland” (Amy Martin)


Feature Design (Circulation more than 60,000)

Texas Monthly                                    “Objects of Our Affection” (Victoria Millner)

Chicago Magazine                               “Best New Restaurants” (Jacqueline Cantu)

Cincinnati Magazine                            “Money” (Megan Scherer)

Los Angeles Magazine                         “The Top Ten Best New Restaurants” (Rose DeMaria)

Los Angeles Magazine                         “Wonder Women” (Lynnette Galloway)



Chicago Magazine                             “This is Rogers Park” (Joshua Lott)

Atlanta Magazine                                 “Meet Joe” (Matt Moyer)

Chicago Magazine                               “Convergence” (Timothy Burkhart and Stephanie Bassos)

Palm Springs Life                                “The Swimmer” (Fredrik Brodén)

Texas Monthly                                      “Called to Arms” (Dan Winters)


Cover Excellence

Texas Monthly                                     April, July, August

Austin Monthly                                      August, September, November

Down East: The Magazine of Maine     February, August and November

Los Angeles Magazine                         January, August, October

Sonoma Magazine                               January/February, May/June, September/October


Designer of the Year

Texas Monthly                                    Victoria Millner

Atlanta Magazine                                 Kristin Kellogg

Atlanta Magazine                                 Liz Noftle

Cincinnati Magazine                            Megan Scherer

Texas Monthly                                      Emily Kimbro


Excellence in Design

Texas Monthly                                     August

5280 (Denver)                                       October

Chicago Magazine                               October

Cincinnati Magazine                            December

Palm Springs Life                                September


Magazine Section

Cincinnati Magazine                           “Frontlines” (August & September)

5280 (Denver)                                       “Compass, Culture, Adventure and E & D” (July & August)

Atlanta Magazine                                  “The Goods” (September & October)

Los Angeles Magazine                          “Buzz” (August & September)

Seattle Met                                           “Mudroom” (November & December)


Reader Service

5280 (Denver)                                     “The Art of Buying Art”

5280 (Denver)                                      “Survival of the Fittest”

Boston Magazine                                “How to Live Forever”

Philadelphia Magazine                         “Can’t Sleep?”

Portland Monthly                                 “The Portland Culture Cheat Sheet”


Leisure/Lifestyle Interests

Chicago Magazine                            “For the Love of Pets”

5280 (Denver)                                     “Green Acres”

5280 (Denver)                                     “The Joy of Cycling”

Sactown Magazine                             “Choose Your Own Adventure”

Yankee Magazine                                “A Guide to Simple Living”


Food or Dining Feature Package

Los Angeles Magazine                          “The Sweet Life: L.A.’s Best Desserts”

Down East: The Magazine of Maine        “The Definitive Oral History of the Lobster Roll”

Mpls.St.Paul Magazine                            “The South of the North”

Texas Monthly                                          “Knives Out”

Texas Monthly                                          “The 50 Greatest Burgers in Texas”


Civic Journalism

5280 (Denver)                                    “Still Life” (Chris Outcalt)

5280 (Denver)                                     “Our Children, Ourselves” (Natasha Gardner)

Cleveland Magazine                            “The Lost Ones” (James Bigley II, Angelo Merendino)

Madison Magazine                              “Out of the Shadows” (Maggie Ginsberg)

Texas Monthly                                     “False Impressions” (Michael Hall)


Special Issue

Texas Monthly                                    “The Guns Issue”

Indianapolis Monthly                           “Bicentennial Issue”

Los Angeles Magazine                         “The Immigration Issue”

Mpls.St.Paul Magazine                        “The Prince Issue”

Portland Monthly                                 “The Outdoors Issue”


Ancillary: Home/Shelter

Portland Monthly                               Design Annual

5280 (Denver)                                      Home (December)

Atlanta Magazine                                 Home (Winter)

Atlanta Magazine                                 Home (Fall)

Mpls.St.Paul Magazine                        Home & Design 100 (October)


Ancillary: Weddings

Washingtonian                                   Bride & Groom (Summer/Fall)

D Magazine                                         Weddings (Fall)

Philadelphia Magazine                        Wedding (Fall/Winter)

Portland Monthly                                Bride & Groom (Summer/Fall)

Seattle Met                                         Bride & Groom (Summer/Fall)


Ancillary: General Interest

Atlanta Magazine                             Southbound

5280 (Denver)                                     Health

Atlanta Magazine                                Style Book

D Magazine                                         CEO (September)

Philadelphia Magazine                        Be Well Philly


Excellence Online

Chicago Magazine                               chicagomag.com

Boston Magazine                                   bostonmagazine.com

Houstonia Magazine                              houstoniamag.com

Mpls.St.Paul Magazine                          mspmag.com

Philadelphia Magazine                           phillymag.com


Online Column

D Magazine                                         “FrontBurner” (Peter Simek)

Los Angeles Magazine                          “The Digest” (Josh Scherer)

Pittsburgh Magazine                            “After Dark” (Sean Collier)

Seattle Met                                           “Nosh Pit” (Allecia Vermillion)

Yankee Magazine                                 “The Farmer’s Life” (Julia Shipley)



5280 (Denver)                                     Table Talk

Boston Magazine                                 The Feed

Philadelphia Magazine                         Philadelphia Daily

Sonoma Magazine                               Cork + Fork

St. Louis Magazine                              On the Burner


Multiplatform Storytelling

Our State                                            “A Long Way to the Sea”

Baltimore Magazine                             “The Multi-Modal City”

Baltimore Magazine                             “Watch This Space”

Chicago Magazine                               “Chicagoans of the Year”

Honolulu Magazine                              “Kamaka Looks Forward”