Society of American Travel Writers Foundation
Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition
1985 Awards for Work Published in 1984

This was the first year of the competition, with 15 categories. Adjustments in categories, winner designations and places awarded were made over the first few years, as the SATW Foundation worked with the judges to refine the contest. Therefore, this list doesn’t conform to those in the 1990s and beyond.


The first judges were faculty members at the Missouri School of Journalism, with Prof. Don Ranly, associate dean, as the coordinator.

In the original announcement seeking entries in the contest, the Grand Award was designated to go to the best single entry. In judging, the Grand Award was given for the best newspaper travel section and a runner-up place for the best U.S. travel article.

The Grand Award winner received $1,000, and 12 awards of $500 each went to first-place winners (no money was given for the newspaper section and magazine categories).
Grand Award 
Best Newspaper Travel Section: Dallas Times Herald, Janet Fullwood, Travel Editor
Runner-up — Best U.S. Article: Jerry Flemmons, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Newspaper Travel Section
First:              Chicago Tribune, Al Borcover, Travel Editor
Runner-up:    Los Angeles Times, Jerry Hulse, Travel Editor
Travel Magazine Issue 
First:              National Geographic Traveler, Joan Tapper
Runner-up:    Oklahoma Today, Sue Carter 
U.S. Travel Article 
First:              Jerry Flemmons, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Runner-up:    Dianne Young, Southern Living 

Foreign Travel Article 
First:              Steve Pollick, The Blade, Toledo
Runner-up:    Bert Shanas, New York Daily News 

Constructive Criticism 
First:              Laura Bly, The Orange County (CA) Register
Runner-up:    Michael Carlton, The Denver Post 

Air Travel Article 
First:              Janet Steinberg, Cincinnati Magazine
Runner-up:    Andrew Giarelli, Diversion Magazine 

Ship Travel Article 
First:              Mary Elaine Lora, Louisiana Life
Runner-up:    Patricia and Edgar Cheatham  

Auto Travel Article
First:              Jean Simmons, The Dallas Morning News
Runner-up:    Jack Schnedler, Chicago Sun-Times
Non-trip Reporting
First:              Peter Rinearson, The Seattle Times
Runner-up:    Bunny Brower, Travel & Leisure

First:             Marilyn Springer/Don A. Schultz, “Dollarwise Guide to Cruises 1984”
Runner-up:    Catherine Watson, “Travel Basics”

Radio/TV Scripts 
First:               Travel ‘84 — “D-Day, Normandy,” Don Forsyth, Producer
Runner-up:    Travel ‘84 — “St. Malo,” Jacques Cartier, Don Forsyth, Producer 

Conservation, Preservation, Ecology
First:               Dianne Young, Southern Living
Runner-up:    Mary Ann Reese, Sunset Magazine
Single Photo
First:              Melinda Berge, Merian Magazine
Runner-up:    Buddy Mays, Odyssey Magazine

Photo Series 
First:              Patricia and Edgar Cheatham 
Runner-up:    Geoff Gilbert, Southern Living

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