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LOWELL THOMAS TRAVEL JOURNALISM COMPETITION
Awards for Work Published in 2018-19
 
 
Faculty members of the Missouri School of Journalism judged the competition, with Emeritus Prof. John Fennell,
Prof. Jennifer Rowe and administrative assistant Kim Townlain coordinating. There were 1,335 entries.
In the following list of winners, numbers in parentheses denote number of entries in the category.
For questions, contact: Mary Lu Abbott, SATW Foundation administrator, 281-217-2872, or awards@satwf.com.
 
Category 101:  Grand Award—Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year (39)
Gold:     Elaine Glusac, freelance writer, Chicago, IL
Silver:   Nikki Ekstein, Travel Editor, Bloomberg Pursuits
Bronze: Alex Pulaski, freelance writer, West Linn, OR
Honorable Mention: Christopher Reynolds, travel writer, Los Angeles Times
 
Category 102:  Newspaper Travel Coverage (7)
Gold:    The Washington Post, Nicole Arthur, Travel Editor
Silver:   Los Angeles Times, Catharine Hamm, Travel Editor
Bronze: The New York Times, Amy Virshup and Steve Reddicliffe, Travel Editors
Honorable Mention: Star Tribune (Minneapolis), Kerri Westenberg, Travel Editor
 
Category 103:  Magazines (16)
103A—Travel Magazines
Gold:     National Geographic Traveler, George W. Stone, Editor-in-Chief
Silver:   Travel + Leisure, Jacqueline Gifford, Editor-in-Chief; Nathan Lump, former Editor-in-Chief 
Bronze: Southbound, Kevin Benefield, Editor-in-Chief
Honorable Mention: Afar, Julia Cosgrove, Editor-in-Chief
 
103B—Travel Coverage in Other Magazines
Gold:     Yankee Magazine, Mel Allen, Editor
Silver:   Midwest Living, Trevor Meers, Editorial Content Director
Bronze: Private Clubs Magazine, Don Nichols, Editor-in-Chief
Honorable Mention: Outside, Christopher Keyes, Editor
 
Category 104:  U.S./Canada Travel (125)
Gold:     Mark Jenkins, “The Big Unknown,” Smithsonian Magazine
Silver:   Freda Moon, “Where the Wilderness Is,” Afar
Bronze: Heidemarie Brandes, “From German Roots to Vines of Wine, Fredericksburg, Texas, Is a Colorful Trek,”
      ROVA magazine
Honorable Mention: Langdon Cook, “Big Fish Tale,” National Geographic Traveler
 
Category 105:  Foreign Travel (110)
Gold:     Christopher Vourlias, “New Greek Odyssey,” National Geographic Traveler
Silver:    Justin Paul, “Rock It,” Virtuoso Life
Bronze: Stephanie Pearson, “In the Land of Giants,” Outside
Honorable Mention: Anne Sigmon, “Hemingway, Cuba & Me,” GeoEx Wanderlust
 
Category 106:  Photo Illustration of Travel (74)
Gold:     Brian Peterson, “Feeling Superior — Thru-Hiking the Superior Hiking Trail,” Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Silver:    Ian Shive, “Living Monuments,” National Parks magazine
Bronze: Corey Arnold, “Big Fish Tale,” National Geographic Traveler
Honorable Mention: Jill Peters, “Intimate Portraits of Women Who Live as Men in Remote Albania,” Afar
 
Category 107:  Special Packages/Projects (24)
Gold:      Outside, “The Greatest Show on Earth,” (Journey down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon),
       Christopher Keyes, Editor
Silver:    Star Tribune (Minneapolis), “Feeling Superior,” Bob Timmons, Melanie Radzicki McManus,
               Brian Peterson, David Braunger and Jenni Pinkley
Bronze: The New York Times, “The Love Issue,” Dan Chaon, Judy Mandell, Leslie Jamison, Rumaan Alam
       and Carmen Marie Manchado
Honorable Mention: The New York Times, “Secret National Parks,” Jenna Schnuer, Rosalind Bentley, Rachel Levin
         and Jordan Breal
 
Category 108:  Cruise Travel (59)
Gold:     Emma Yardley, “Beyond the Fjords,” VIE Magazine
Silver:   Emma Yardley, “How to See Iceland by Boat,” The Globe and Mail
Bronze: Peter Heller, “Hawaii, Here We Come,” Travel + Leisure
 
Category 109:  Adventure Travel (73)
Gold:     Ali Carr Troxell, “Mayday,” Outside
Silver:   Nicholas Schmidle, “Rocket Man,” The New Yorker
Bronze: Doug Robinson, “Snowbound,” Outside
Honorable Mention: Scott Yorko, “Surviving the Darien Gap,” Playboy
 
Category 110:  Travel News/Investigative Reporting (34)
Gold:      Zach Everson, “Inside the World’s Most Controversial Hotel,” Conde Nast Traveler
Silver:    Nikki Ekstein, “Caribbean Says Zika No Longer an Issue. Doctors Say Not So Fast,” Bloomberg Pursuits
Bronze: Megan Specia and Tariro Mzezewa, “Adventurous. Alone. Attacked,” The New York Times
 
Category 111:  Service-Oriented Consumer Work (76)
Gold:     Matt Jaffe, “Hello, Wine Country,” Los Angeles magazine
Silver:   Christopher Soloman, “Adventure Schools,” Outside
Bronze: Jeremy Tarr, Rachael Levitt, Teddy Minford, Lauren Cierzan and Jill Krueger, “Fodor’s Go List 2019,” Fodor’s Travel
Honorable Mention: Nikki Ekstein and Mark Ellwood, “Travel Hacks A to Z,” Bloomberg Pursuits
 
Category 112:  Environmental Tourism (53)
Gold:     Paul Kvinta, “One Scientist’s Valiant Mission to Save Two of Hawaii’s Endangered Seabirds,” Audubon magazine
Silver:   Leath Tonino, “Grand Theft Monument,” Outside
Bronze: Allison Entrekin, “Turning Tides,” Southbound
 
Category 113:  Cultural Tourism (112)
Gold:     Jeff MacGregor, “American Rhapsody,” Smithsonian Magazine
Silver:   Andrew Van Wey, “Keyboard Dreams: Observing a Virtual Rite of Passage in Korea,” GeoEx Wanderlust
Bronze: Leslie Oh, “What It’s Like to Break Bread in the Desert,” Saveur
Honorable Mention: Wes Eichenwald, “Where Life Is Still a Cabaret in Manhattan,” Austin American-Statesman
 
Category 114:  Personal Comment (89)
Gold:    Jeff MacGregor, “Taming the Lionfish,” Smithsonian Magazine
Silver:   Latria Graham, “We’re Here. You Just Don’t See Us,” Outside
Bronze: Robert Earle Howells, “The Only Way to Protect These Trees Is to Hide Them,” San Francisco Chronicle
Honorable Mention: Tyrone Beason, “A Reporter Feels the Spirit of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Promised Land
      on a Mexican Mountaintop,” The Seattle Times
 
Category 115:  Special-Purpose Travel (94)
Gold:     Florence Williams, “The Survivors,” Outside
Silver:   Lisa Ballard, “Climbers as Humanitarians,” Appalachia journal
Bronze: Zora O’Neill, “Lesbos: A Greek Island Big Enough for Two,” BBC Travel
Honorable Mention: Christopher P. Baker, “Hidden Honshu,” BMW Motorcycle Magazine
 
Category 116:  Short Work on Travel (47)
Gold:     Kerri Westenberg, “Swimming With the One Percenters,” Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Silver:   Elaine Glusac, “At an Arizona Ranch, Desert Beauty With a Side of Border Politics,” The New York Times
Bronze: Fran Golden, “The Galapagos Is Evolving With Luxury Yacht Cruises,” Bloomberg Pursuits
Honorable Mention: Damaine Vonada, “Gather ’Round the Table,” Ohio Cooperative Living
 
Category 117:  Culinary-Related Travel (107)
Gold:     Lisa See, “One Perfect Cup,” National Geographic Traveler
Silver:   David Farley, “A Guest at the Feast,” National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Bronze: Naomi Tomky, “Feast by Ferry,” Hemispheres
Honorable Mention: Eliot Stein, “Vienna’s Unpredictable Vegetable Orchestra,” BBC Travel
 
Category 118:  Travel Book (11)
Gold:    Allison Coffelt, “Maps Are Lines We Draw: A Road Trip Through Haiti,” Lanternfish Press
Silver:   Doug Bock Clark, “The Last Whalers,” Little, Brown and Co.
Bronze: Cindy Ross, “The World Is Our Classroom: How One Family Used Nature and Travel to Shape
       an Extraordinary Education,” Skyhorse Publishing
Honorable Mention: Carl Hoffman, “The Last Wild Men of Borneo,” HarperCollins
 
Category 119:  Guidebook (17)
Gold:     Becky Lomax, “Moon USA National Parks: The Complete Guide to All 59 Parks,” Avalon Travel
Silver:   Amy Bizzarri, “The Best Hits on Route 66: 100 Essential Stops on the Mother Road,” Globe Pequot
Bronze: Caroline Eubanks, “This is My South: The Essential Travel Guide to the Southern States,” Globe Pequot
Honorable Mention: Michelle Young and Augustin Pasquet, “Secret Brooklyn,” Jonglez Publishing
 
Category 120:  Travel Journalism Websites (16)
Gold:     NationalGeographic.com/Travel, National Geographic Traveler, Christine Blau, Digital Director;
       George W. Stone, Editor-in-Chief
Silver:   BBC.com/Travel, Anne Banas, Editor
Bronze: Afar.com, Julia Cosgrove, Editor-in-Chief
Honorable Mention: QuirkyCruise.com, Heidi Sarna and Ted Scull, editors
 
Category 121:  Travel Audio/Podcasts (43)
Gold:      Beth Harpaz and Warren Levinson, “Montgomery Alabama’s Lynching Memorial and Legacy Museum,”
        Associated Press Travel “Get Outta Here” podcast
Silver:    Mike Randolph, “Madrid’s Rastro: A Feast for the Ears,” SpainByMikeRandolph.com
Bronze:  Randy Sharman, “Wildlife Cruelty in Tourism,” The Informed Traveler SEG 1 (May 6/18), 770 CHQR, Calgary
Honorable Mention: Nikki Ekstein and Mark Ellwood, “Forbidden Travel and Chef Curtis Stone,”
Bloomberg Pursuits Travel Genius episode 8 (January 2019), Topher Forhecz, producer; and Francesca Levy,
podcast editorial director
 
Category 122:  Travel Video (25)
Gold:     Lee Cowan, Aria Shavelson, David Bhagat, Rand Morrison and Henry Bautista,
       “CBS Sunday Morning: Puffin Patrol,” CBS Sunday Morning
Silver:   Rebekah Barlas, Andrick Deppmeyer and Christoph Niemann, “This Artist Sketched His Way
              Through Cambodia and Vietnam,” National Geographic Traveler
Bronze: Samantha Brown, “Samantha Brown’s Places to Love — Lafayette, Louisiana,” PBS/Samantha Brown Media
Honorable Mention: Joseph Rosendo and Julie Rosendo, “Mekong River Adventure – Part 1,” Joseph Rosendo’s Travelscope
 
Category 123:  Travel Blogs (56)
Gold:     ThisIsMySouth.com, Caroline Eubanks
Silver:   CurbFreeWithCoryLee.com, Cory Woodard
Bronze: We3Travel.com, Tamara Gruber
Honorable Mention: SightDOING.net, Becky Pokora
 
Category 124:  Multimedia Single Work (28)
Gold:     Michael Benanav and Monika Agarwal, “The Last Dokpas of North Sikkim,” Traditional Cultures Project
Silver:   Christoph Niemann, “Along the Mekong,” an illustrated travelogue, National Geographic Traveler
Bronze: Eliot Stein, “The Last Film Poster Painter of Taiwan,” BBC Travel
Honorable Mention: Meg Lukens Noonan and Tom Garmeson, “The Rarest Fabric on Earth,” BBC Travel
 
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