Congratulations to this year's winners! Our judges worked hard to select from the abundance of great submissions. Our members are so talented! A special thanks to the 55 members who volunteered their time to judge. ASJA thanks you!
ASJA Writing Awards Co-chairs, Salley Shannon and Janine Latus
ASJA Writing Awards for Articles (see Books here)
The Arlene Award “for an article that makes a difference”
“Tiger Temple Accused of Supplying Black Market” by Sharon Guynup, writing in National Geographic.
Donald Robinson Award for Investigative Reporting
“How Casinos Enable Gambling Addicts,” by John Rosengren, writing in The Atlantic.
June Roth Award for Medical Writing
“Checkmate: Beating Cancer at Its Own Game” by Kenneth Miller, writing for Discover.
Blog Post, Personal
“Oh, the Perils We Face” by Rae Francoeur, writing in her blog Free Fall.
Honorable mention: “Little Free Library” by Ellen Ryan, in her blog ryansite.
“Owl Wars” by Emily Sohn, for bioGraphic.
Honorable mention: “Are we loving Monarchs to death?” by Susan Brackney in discovermagazine.com.
Excellence in Reporting
“Out of the Shadows” by Maggie Ginsberg, writing in Madison magazine.
Honorable mention: “Officers who rape: the police brutality chiefs ignore,” by Steven Yoder in Al Jazeera America.
“A Deeper Boom” by Gary Ferguson, writing for Orion.
Honorable mention: “Identity Lost and Found: Growing up in the South, a multi-ethnic girl navigates the cultural divide” by Anjali Enjeti. The story appeared in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Health & Fitness
"The Brain That Wasn't Supposed to Heal" by Apoorva Mandavilli, in The Atlantic.
Honorable mention: "This Mother Drank While Pregnant. Here's What Her Daughter's Like at 43" by Alexandra Rockey Fleming writing in The Washington Post.
“The Forgiveness Tour” by Susan Shapiro for Salon.com.
"An Icy Hothouse of Change" by Todd Pitock in Geographical.
"The Sadness of Solving a Mystery” by Cameron Walker, writing in Hakai Magazine.
“At Their Peak” by Christine Koubek, writing in Bethesda Magazine
"Taking Shergar" by Milton C. Toby, writing in bloodhorse.com.
The Hundred-Year Walk – An Armenian Odyssey by Dawn Anahid MacKeen. The judges called this book “two stories of courage in one rich narrative: a granddaughter uses her grandfather’s letters and diaries to follow his path through the World War I Armenian Genocide.”
In Good Hands: Investigating Death, Mystery, and the Lessons of Broken Trust In One Family Daycare by David Hechler. The judges said “Riveting reading! Hechler masterfully builds suspense over the outcome of abuse trials. Small details help readers ‘see’ the characters. There’s also a primer for parents seeking a daycare center.”
Honorable mention: One Child: The Story of China's Most Radical Experiment by Mei Fong. The judges said “This beautifully written book juxtaposes the author's own desire to have children against the ramifications of China's recently ended government edict.”
Because of Eva: A Jewish Genealogical Journey by Susan J. Gordon. Judges said “the author nicely interwove history with her family story and her personal quest. We liked how the story flowed and how tightly it is written, and, as one judge noted, ‘It is a beautiful addition to Jewish/WWII work.’”
Ketchup is My Favorite Vegetable: A Family Grows Up with Autism by Liane Kupferberg Carter. Judges said “It beautifully captures the struggle and joy of having an autistic child.”
The Cancer Survival Guide by Charlotte Libov. Judges said “This terrific resource is the book we’d want if diagnosed. It’s comprehensive, clearly written and has authoritative, up-to-date advice on the latest research and treatments for numerous types of cancer.”
The Cocktail Hour Garden by C.L. Fornari. Judges said “you'll be drawn in by the glorious photographs and descriptions of flowers and backyard hideaways.” Fornari's ultimate message is that time spent with others in calming, outdoor settings is an investment in good health.
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