Society of American Travel Writers Foundation
Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition
1997 Awards for Work Published in 1996 

Entries were judged by faculty members at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, with Prof. Abe Peck as coordinator.

Category 1: Grand Award — Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year
Gold:     Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times
Silver:    Jill Schensul, The Record (Hackensack, NJ)
Bronze: Chris Welsch, Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
 
Category 2: Newspaper Travel Sections
2A — Newspapers with 500,000 or more circulation
Gold:     The Boston Globe
Silver:    Chicago Tribune
Bronze: The Dallas Morning News
 
2B — Newspapers with 350,000-499,999 Circulation
Gold:     The St. Petersburg Times (FL)
Silver:    Sunday Oregonian
Bronze: Rocky Mountain News (Denver)

2C — Newspapers with less than 350,000 Circulation
Gold:     Contra Costa (CA) Times
Silver:    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Bronze: Fort Worth Star-Telegram
 
Category 3: Travel Magazines
3A — Monthly or more frequent
Gold:     Sky
Silver:    Hemispheres
Bronze: Arizona Highways
 
3B — Non-monthly
Gold:     National Geographic Traveler
Silver:    Travel Holiday
Bronze: American Way

Category 4: Newspaper Article on U.S./Canada Travel
Gold:     Robert Krier, San Diego Union-Tribune
Silver:    Catherine Watson, Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Bronze: Alan Solomon, Chicago Tribune
 
Category 5: Magazine Article on U.S/Canada Travel
Gold:     Jason Wilson, Grand Tour
Silver:    David Butwin, Hemispheres
Bronze: Gretel Ehrlich, Islands

Category 6: Newspaper Article on Foreign Travel
Gold:     Catherine Watson, Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Silver:    Chris Welsch, Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Bronze: Jill Schensul, The Record (Hackensack, NJ)
 
Category 7: Magazine Article on Foreign Travel
Gold:     Robert Draper, American Way
Silver:    Rita Ariyoshi, World & I
Bronze: Jason Wilson, Grand Tour
 
Category 8: Newspaper Color Photo Illustration of Travel Article
Gold:     Patrick Davison, Rocky Mountain News (Denver)
Silver:    Catherine Watson, Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Bronze: Jill Schensul, The Record (Hackensack, NJ)
 
Category 9: Magazine Color Photo Illustration of Travel Article
Gold:     Gary Ladd, Arizona Highways
Silver:    D. A. Harvey, National Geographic Traveler
Bronze: Catherine Karnow, Islands
 
Category 10: Self-Illustrated Article
Gold:     Yvette Cardozo and Bill Hirsch, Relax
Silver:    Teri Sforza, The Orange County (CA) Register
Bronze: Bill Sharpsteen, Westways
 
Category 11: Article on Land Travel
Gold:     Robert Draper, American Way
Silver:    Terry Jackson, The Miami Herald
Bronze: Lori Erickson, Westways
 
Category 12: Article on Marine Travel
Gold:     Catherine Watson, Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Silver:    Rob Laymon, Grand Tour
Bronze: Catherine Watson, Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
 
Category 13: Article on Adventure Travel
Gold:     Jill Schensul, The Record (Hackensack, NJ)
Silver:    Peter Heller, America West
Bronze: Catherine Watson, Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
 
Category 14: Travel News/Investigative Reporting
Gold:     Gary Stoller, Conde Nast Traveler
Silver:    Donna Rosenthal, International Wildlife
Bronze: Stephen Benz, Grand Tour
 
Category 15: Service-oriented Consumer Article
Gold:     Jill Schensul, The Record (Hackensack, NJ)
Silver:    Bill Marsano, Hemispheres
Bronze: Kristin Jackson, The Seattle Times
 
Category 16: Environmental Tourism Article
Gold:     Jeff Phillips, Sunset
Silver:    Christopher Baker, World & I
Bronze: Stephen Benz, Grand Tour
 
Category 17: Cultural Tourism Article
Gold:     Janet Forman, Diversion
Silver:    Andy Yale, Islands
Bronze: Yvette Cardozo and Bill Hirsch, Relax
 
Category 18: Travel Book
Gold:     Jeff Greenwald, “Shopping for Buddhas,” Lonely Planet Publications
Silver:    Richard Sterling, “Travelers’ Tales: Food — A Taste of the Road,”
               Travelers’ Tales Inc.
Bronze: Christopher Hunt, “Sparring with Charlie: Motorbiking Down the Ho Chi Minh Trail,”
               Bantam/Doubleday/Deli Publishing Group Inc.
 
Category 19: Guidebook
Gold:     Carl Parkes, “Thailand Handbook,” Moon Publications Inc.
Silver:    Pamela Bloom, “Brazil Up Close,” Hunter Publishing
Bronze: Andrew Collins, “Fodor’s Gay Guide to the USA,” Fodor’s Travel Publications
 
Category 20: Destination Travel Using Film, Video, Audio or Combination
Gold:     Rod Starns, Jonathan Epstein and Gary Blankenship, “Waltz Across Tennessee,”
               WMC-TV, Memphis, TN
Silver:    Sherilyn Mentes, “South Africa: A Personal View,” Mentor Productions
Bronze: Amy Atkinson, “Pictures of Paradise: The U.S. Virgin Islands,” NBC “Today Show”
 
Category 21: Electronic Computer Media
Gold:     Jonathan Tabak, Ellen Dunne, Chris Howard, “About New Orleans,” Preview Travel
Silver:    Lee Foster, Stories of Galapagos, Costa Rica and the Florida Keys,
               Travelocity Worldview Systems
Bronze: Mike Cuenca, “Raucous Rascals Make Themselves at Home on Monterey Bay,”
               Cuenca website 

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