Society of American Travel Writers Foundation
Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition
1996 Awards for Work Done in 1995

Entries were judged by faculty members of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

Category 1: Grand Award — Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year.
Gold: William Ecenbarger, freelance writer
Silver: Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times
Bronze: Catherine Watson, Star Tribune, Minneapolis

Category 2: Newspaper Travel Sections
2A — Newspapers with 500,000 or more circulation
Gold: Chicago Tribune
Silver: The Seattle Times
Bronze: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

2B — Newspapers with 350,000-499,999 Circulation
Gold: Rocky Mountain News
Silver: St. Petersburg Times
Bronze: Orange County Register

2C — Newspapers with less than 350,000 Circulation
Gold: New Orleans Times-Picayune
Silver: Asbury Park Sunday Press
Bronze: Toronto Globe and Mail

Category 3: Travel Magazines
3A — Monthly or more frequent
Gold: Hemispheres
Silver: Arizona Highways
Bronze: Westways

3B — Non-monthly
Gold: Travel Holiday
Silver: Islands
Bronze: Los Angeles Times

Category 4: Newspaper Article on U.S./Canada Travel
Gold: Alan Solomon, Chicago Tribune
Silver: Chris Knapp, Orange County Register
Bronze: Syd Kearney, Houston Chronicle

Category 5: Magazine Article on U.S/Canada Travel
Gold: E. Annie Proulx, Outside
Silver: James Conaway, National Geographic Traveler
Bronze: Joe Nick Patoski, Westways

Category 6: Newspaper Article on Foreign Travel
Gold: William Ecenbarger, Philadelphia Inquirer
Silver: Robert Cross, Chicago Tribune
Bronze: David Molyneaux, The Plain Dealer, Cleveland

Category 7: Magazine Article on Foreign Travel
Gold: Yvonne Horn, Discovery
Silver: Carl Hoffman, Hemispheres
Bronze: Kim Heacox, Islands

Category 8: Newspaper Photo Illustration of Travel/Color
Gold: Chris Welsch, Star Tribune, Minneapolis
Silver & Bronze: Jill Schensul, The Record (Hackensack, NJ)

Category 9: Magazine Photo Illustration of Travel/Color
Gold: Farrell Grehan, The World & I
Silver: Karen Kuehn, Travel Holiday
Bronze: Ty Allison, Westways

Category 10: Self-Illustrated Article
Gold: Robert Cross, Chicago Tribune
Silver: Jill Schensul, The Record (NJ)
Bronze: Susan Kaye, Denver Post

Category 11: Article on Land Travel
Gold: Kevin Keating, Hemispheres
Silver: Adam Platt, Travel Holiday
Bronze: Preston Lerner, Westways

Category 12: Article on Marine Travel
Gold: Bob Payne, Conde Nast Traveler
Silver: Greg Breining, Islands
Bronze: Stephen Bloom, The Washington Post

Category 13: Article on Adventure Travel
Gold: Alison DaRosa, San Diego Union-Tribune
Silver: Richard Bangs, Diversion
Bronze: Herbert Hiller, Adventure Cyclists

Category 14: Travel News/ Investigative Reporting
Gold: Gary Stoller, Conde Nast Traveler
Silver: Philip Govrevitch, Outside
Bronze: Dan Zevin, Rolling Stone

Category 15: Service-Oriented Consumer Article
Gold: David Noland, Everett Potter, Bob Howells & Meg Noonan, Outside Trip Finder
Silver: Ann Jones, National Geographic Traveler
Bronze: Katy Koontz, The Record (NJ)

Category 16: Environmental Tourism Article
Gold: Eugene Eden, Time
Silver: Joy Lewis, Denver Post
Bronze: Michael Carlton, Southern Living

Category 17: Cultural Tourism Article
Gold: William Ecenbarger, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Silver: Catherine Watson, Star Tribune, Minneapolis
Bronze: Vanda Sendzimir, North American Review

Category 18: Travel Book
Gold: Marybeth Bond, “Travelers’ Tales: A Woman’s World,” Travelers’ Tales
Silver: Jeff Greenwald, “The Size of the World,” Globe Pequot Press
Bronze: Alan Ryan, “The Reader’s Companion to Mexico,” Harcourt Brace & Co.

Category 19: Guidebook
Gold: Kay Showker and Bob Sehlinger, “The Unofficial Guide to Cruises,” Macmillan Travel
Silver: Harry S. Pariser, “Adventure Guide to Barbados,” Hunter Publishing
Bronze: Christopher P. Baker, “Costa Rica Handbook,” Moon Publications

Category 20: Destination Travel (Film, Video, Audio, Combo)
Gold: Janet Forman, “Postcard from Vietnam,” Forman/ Houghton Pictures
Silver: Ron Bernthal, “Borders,” WJFF Radio Catskill
Bronze: No winner

Category 21: Electronic Computer Media
Gold: Tracy Cabot and Marshall Whitfield, “Travel4Lovers”
Silver: Peter Sauers and Richard Bangs “The Ultimate Guide to Adventure Travel”
Bronze: Lee Foster, “Lee Foster’s Award-Winning Travel Writing & Photography”

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