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).