NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 05/03/12 -- The winners of the 2012 National Magazine Awards were announced tonight at the annual awards presentation at the New York Marriott Marquis. TIME was named Magazine of the Year. New York won three awards, and The New Yorker won two. Sponsored by the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME), in association with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, the National Magazine Awards are the preeminent awards for magazine journalism.
"Tonight wasn't just about one or two magazines," said Sid Holt, chief executive of ASME. "Service and lifestyle titles like O, The Oprah Magazine and House Beautiful won their first General Excellence awards, but so did business and technology books like Inc. and IEEE Spectrum. Publications like Esquire and Vanity Fair continue to publish extraordinary literary journalism, and GQ and TIME are pushing the boundaries of magazine making both in print and on digital platforms."
Known as the Ellies, for the Alexander Calder stabile "Elephant" given to each winner, the 2012 awards were hosted by Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor of the "NBC Nightly News" and "Rock Center." The event was highlighted by the presentation of the Magazine Editors' Hall of Fame award to Terry McDonell, Editor of the Time Inc. Sports Group.
NATIONAL MAGAZINE AWARDS 2012 WINNERS
18 Magazines Receive National Magazine Awards
MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR
Honors the achievement of editorial excellence both in print and on digital platforms
GENERAL EXCELLENCE - Active- and Special Interest Magazines
Honors magazines serving targeted readerships
GENERAL EXCELLENCE - General-Interest Magazines
Honors large-circulation weeklies, biweeklies and general-interest monthlies
GENERAL EXCELLENCE - Lifestyle Magazines
Honors city and regional publications as well as food, travel and shelter magazines
GENERAL EXCELLENCE - Thought-Leader Magazines
Honors small-circulation general-interest magazines as well as literary, scholarly and professional publications
GENERAL EXCELLENCE - Women's Magazines
Honors health, fitness and parenting publications as well as fashion, service and lifestyle magazines
O, The Oprah Magazine
COLUMNS AND COMMENTARY
Honors political and social commentary; news analysis; and reviews and criticism
Three columns by Christopher Hitchens, Contributing Editor: "When the King Saved God"; "Unspoken Truths"; and "From Abbottobad to Worse"
Honors overall excellence in magazine design
ESSAYS AND CRITICISM
Honors long-form journalism on topics ranging from the personal to the political
"Paper Tigers," by Wesley Yang, Contributing Editor
Honors the use of original photography in a feature story, photo essay or photo portfolio
The New York Times Magazine
"Vamps, Crooks & Killers," photographs by Alex Prager; introduction by A.O. Scott
Honors original, stylish storytelling
David Granger, Editor in Chief
"Joplin!" by Luke Dittrich, Contributing Editor
Honors the publication of fiction in magazines
"The Hox River Window," by Karen Russell
Honors coverage of fashion and beauty; travel; decorating and gardening; food; fitness and active sports; cars and boats; and hobbies and crafts
"Italian America," by John Mariani, Lou Di Palo, Marne Setton, Rina Oh, Greg Ferro, Jane and Michael Stern, James Oseland, Dana Bowen, Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli
Honors the editorial direction of a clearly branded front- or back-of-the-book department or section
NEWS AND DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY
Honors photojournalism and photography that documents news events or news-related subjects
"Juvenile Injustice," photographs by Richard Ross
Honors coverage of health care, personal relationships, parenting, career planning and personal finance
"The Secret That Kills Four Women a Day," by Liz Brody, Editor at Large
Honors overall excellence in magazine photography
Honors news or feature stories about an individual or a group of closely linked individuals
"He Is Anonymous," by Tim Rogers
Honors magazine journalism that illuminates issues of local or national importance
The New Yorker
"The Invisible Army," by Sarah Stillman
Honors reporting excellence as exemplified by one article or a series of articles
The New Yorker
"The Apostate," by Lawrence Wright
Honors magazines that have devoted an issue to the comprehensive examination of one subject
"The Encyclopedia of 9/11"
All publication dates 2011 unless otherwise indicated
About the National Magazine Awards
ASME sponsors the National Magazine Awards in association with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. The first award was presented in 1966 to Look; the first award for digital journalism was presented in 1997 to Money. Nearly 270 publications entered the National Magazine Awards this year, submitting 1,804 entries. The judges included 345 magazine journalists and journalism educators. Including both print and digital finalists, 67 publications were nominated for 2012 National Magazine Awards. The winners of National Magazine Awards for Digital Media categories were announced in March.
The American Society of Magazine Editors is the principal organization for magazine journalists in the United States. ASME members include the editorial leaders of most major consumer and business magazines published in print and online. Founded in 1963, ASME works to defend the First Amendment, protect editorial independence and support the development of journalism.
American Society of Magazine Editors