Society of American Travel Writers Foundation
Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition
1988 Awards for Work Published in 1987

In the fourth annual competition, a third-place award, called second runner-up, was started. The newspaper travel section and magazine categories were given subcategories, with newspapers split by circulation and magazines by frequency of publication. Two categories were added, cultural tourism article and reporting on the economic significance of the travel industry.

Monetary awards remained the same: $1,000 to the Travel Journalist of the Year and $500 to the (first) runner-up, with $500 to first-place winners in other categories but no monetary prize in newspaper section and magazine categories.

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

Grand Award — Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year
First place:                           Bob O’Sullivan, freelance writer
First runners-up (tie):        Stanton H. Patty, The Seattle Times
                                              Laura Bly, Orange County (CA) Register
Second runner-up:              Donald W. George, San Francisco Examiner

Newspaper Travel Section
A: More than 250,000 circulation 
First place:                           Chicago Tribune
First runner-up:                  Los Angeles Times
Second runner-up:              San Francisco Examiner

B: Under 250,000 circulation
First place:                            Daily News of Los Angeles
First runner-up:                   The Journal Newspapers
Second runner-up:                The Edmonton Sun

Travel Magazine
A: Monthly
First place:                            Arizona Highways
First runner-up:                   TWA Ambassador
Second runner-up:                Michigan Living

B: Quarterly or other than monthly
First place:                            Adventure Travel
First runner-up:                   Oklahoma Today
Second runner-up:                Caribbean Travel & Life

Newspaper Article on U.S./Canada Travel
First place:                            Jerry Hulse, Los Angeles Times
First runner-up:                   Fred Case, The Seattle Times
Second runner-up:               William A. Davis, The Boston Globe

Magazine Article on U.S./Canada Travel
First place:                            Kim Heacox, National Geographic Traveler
First runner-up:                   Matthew Hart, City and Country Home
Second runner-up:                Meredith Andrew, Travel Scoop Newsletter

Newspaper Article on Foreign Travel
First place:                            George L. Rosenblatt, Houston Chronicle
First runner-up:                   Jerry Flemmons, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Second runner-up:                Jim Molnar, The Seattle Times
Honorable Mention:             Anita Zelman, Newsday

Magazine Article on Foreign Travel
First place:                            Stephen S. Hall, National Geographic Traveler
First runner-up:                   Robin Cardozo, Travel Scoop Newsletter
Second runner-up:                Shirley Fockler, Discovery

Article on Land Travel
First place:                            Stanton H. Patty, The Seattle Times
First runner-up:                   Mike Michaelson, North Shore Magazine
Second runner-up:                Israel Shenker, National Geographic Traveler

Article Involving Marine Travel

First place:                            John Macdonald, The Seattle Times
First runner-up:                   Shirley Slater and Harry Basch, Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Second runner-up:                Bret Berigan, Midwest Motorist

Consumer Reporting
First place:                            Mary Alice Kellogg, Travel and Leisure
First runner-up:                   Kit Boss, The Seattle Times
Second runner-up:                Cynthia Dennis, Milwaukee Journal

Cultural Tourism Article
First place:                            Scott Thybony, National Geographic Traveler
First runner-up:                   John Engstrom, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Second runner-up:                Catherine Watson, Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

Travel Book                           No award

Guidebook
First place:                            M. Hoppenrath and C. Oberdorf, “First-Class Canada”
First runner-up:                   Elizabeth Hansen, “Bed and Breakfast: New Zealand”
Second runner-up:                Harriet Greenberg, “Israel on Your Own”

Published Black/White Travel Photo
First place:                            Marcia Schnedler, Chicago Sun-Times
First runner-up:                   Catherine Watson, Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Second runner-up:                Catherine Watson, Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

Published Color Travel Photo
First place:                            Ric Ergenbright, Adventure Travel Magazine
First runner-up:                   Stanton H. Patty, The Seattle Times
Second runner-up:                Brian Lanker, National Geographic Traveler

Destination Travel on TV, Radio or Videocassette — No award

Reporting on Economic Significance of Travel, Convention and Visitors Industry

First place:                            Carol Timblin, Pace Magazine
First runner-up:                   Peter Vandevanter, The Journal Newspapers
Second runner-up:               Mary A. Mitchell, Meetings and Conventions Magazine

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