Donald Robinson Memorial

ASJA Writing Awards Recipients

Category = Donald Robinson Memorial

2018 Investigative Journalism
Laura Heaton
The Watson Files  

Tom Robbins
(A Brutal Beating Wakes) Attica's Ghosts
The New York Times

2015 Investigative Journalism
Dan Patterson
Angels of Death

2014 Investigative Journalism
Alexandra Robbins
Children Are Dying
The Washingtonian Magazine

2013 Investigative Journalism
Katherine Eban
The Truth About the Fast and Furious Scandal

Katherine Eban
Bad Bargain

Linda Marsa
A Wing and a Prayer

Katherine Eban
The War on Terror: Rorschach and Awe

2006 Investigative Journalism
Salley Shannon
Witness on Board
Los Angeles Times Magazine

2004 Investigative Journalism
Trish Riley
Toxic Schools
South Florida Parenting

2004 Investigative Journalism
Claudia Dreifus
Women On Death Row
Ms. Magazine

2003 Investigative Journalism
Edwin Black
Final Solutions: How IBM Helped Automate the Nazi Death Machine in Pol
Village Voice

1999 Investigative Journalism

1998 Investigative Journalism

1997 Investigative Journalism
Lisa Collier Cool
Welcome to Their Nightmare

1996 Investigative Journalism
John F. Wasik
Fraud in the Funeral Industry
Consumers Digest

1995 Investigative Journalism
Dan Hurley
Imminent Danger
Psychology Today

1994 Investigative Journalism
Robin Warshaw
The Shame of America's Board and Care Homes
New Choices

1993 Investigative Journalism

  • A blank piece of paper is God's way of telling us how hard it is to be God.
    – Sidney Sheldon
  • A critic is a man who knows the way but can't drive the car.
    – Kenneth Tynan
  • A good many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a stamped, self–addressed envelope, big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation to the editor.
    – Ring Lardner
  • A young musician plays scales in his room and only bores his family. A beginning writer, on the other hand, sometimes has the misfortune of getting into print.
    – Marguerite Yourcenar
  • All the words I use in my stories can be found in the dictionary – it's just a matter of arranging them into the right sentences.
    – Somerset Maugham
  • Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
    – Christopher Hampton
  • Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life.
    – Lawrence Kasdan
  • Copy from one, it's plagiarism; copy from two, it's research.
    –Wilson Mizner
  • Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them.
    – Flannery O'Connor
  • I just wrote a book, but don't go out and buy it yet, because I don't think it's finished yet.
    – Lawrence Welk
  • I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
    – Douglas Adams
  • I'm writing a book. I've got the page numbers done.
    – Stephen Wright
  • It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous.
    – Robert Benchley
  • It's a damn poor mind that can only think of one way to spell a word.
    – Andrew Jackson
  • Most writers can write books faster than publishers can write checks.
    – Richard Curtis
  • No fathers or mothers think their own children ugly; and this self–deceit is yet stronger with respect to the offspring of the mind.
    – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  • There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
    –Somerset Maugham
  • Writing a novel is like paddling from Boston to London in a bathtub. Sometimes the damn tub sinks. It's a wonder that most of them don't.
    – Stephen King
  • Writing a novel is like spelunking. You kind of create the right path for yourself. But, boy, are there so many points at which you think, absolutely, I'm going down the wrong hole here.
    – Chang–rae Lee
  • Your manuscript is both good and original, but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good.
    –Samuel Johnson