Society of American Travel Writers Foundation
Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition
Awards for Work Published in 2006-2007

Members of the Missouri School of Journalism faculty, coordinated by Prof. Judy Bolch, judged the contest. There were 1,490 entries, a record high. In the following list of winners, numbers in parentheses denote number of entries in that category.

Category 1: Grand Award — Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year (32)
Gold: Tom Haines, The Boston Globe
Silver: Alan Solomon, Chicago Tribune
Bronze: Rosemary McClure, Los Angeles Times

Category 2: Newspaper Travel Sections (29)
2A — Newspapers with 500,000 or more circulation

Gold: Los Angeles Times, Catharine Hamm, Travel Editor
Silver: The Boston Globe, Doug Warren, Travel Editor
Bronze: Chicago Tribune, Randy Curwen, Travel Editor

2B — Newspapers with 350,000-499,999 circulation
Gold: The Globe and Mail (Toronto), Karan Smith and Adam Bisby, Travel Editors
Silver: The Plain Dealer (Cleveland), Betsy O’Connell, Travel Editor, and David Molyneaux, former Travel Editor
Bronze: The Oregonian (Portland), Sue Hobart, Travel Editor

2C — Newspapers with up to 349,999 circulation
Gold: The Orange County (CA) Register, Gary Warner, Travel Editor
Silver: San Jose (CA) Mercury News, Linda Zavoral, Travel Editor
Bronze: San Antonio Express-News, Tracy Barnett, Travel Editor

Category 3: Magazines (21)
3A — Travel Magazines

Gold: National Geographic Traveler, Keith Bellows, Editor-in-Chief
Silver: Travel + Leisure, Nancy Novogrod, Editor-in-Chief
Bronze: National Geographic Adventure, John Rasmus, Editor-in-Chief

3B — Travel Coverage in Other Magazines
Gold: Bon App├ętit, Barbara Fairchild, Editor-in-Chief
Silver: Outside, Leslie Weeden, Travel Editor
Bronze: Southern Living, Morgan Murphy, Travel Editor

Category 4: Newspaper Article on U.S./Canada Travel (82)
Gold: Torsten Kjellstrand, “34 Miles of Heaven,” The Oregonian (Portland)
Silver: Linda Matchan, “The Art of Isolation,” The Boston Globe
Bronze: Kari J. Bodnarchuk, “Upwardly Mobile,” The Boston Globe

Category 5: Magazine Article on U.S./Canada Travel (89)
Gold: Wayne Curtis, “Greetings From Airworld!” The Atlantic Monthly
Silver: Steve Friedman, “Lost in America,” Backpacker
Bronze: Tony Perrottet, “Destination America: Mount Rushmore,” Smithsonian

Category 6: Newspaper Article on Foreign Travel (80)
Gold: Chris Welsch, “Jerusalem: Enduring Faith,” Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Silver: Rohan Preston, “Senegal: The Return,” Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Bronze: Richard Bangs, “A Chance at Discovery, But Only While Lost,” The New York Times

Category 7: Magazine Article on Foreign Travel (82)
Gold: Kira Salak, “Iran: Travels in Hostile Territory,” National Geographic Adventure
Silver: William Ecenbarger, “On the Go in Mongolia,” Reader’s Digest
Bronze: Christine K. Eckstrom, “The Last Real Africa,” National Geographic Traveler

Category 8: Newspaper Photo Illustration of Travel Article (28)
Gold: Jamie Francis, “Less is S’More,” The Oregonian (Portland)
Silver: Chris Welsch, “An Eye for Paris,” Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Bronze: Essdras M. Suarez, “New Place for Confucius,” The Boston Globe

Category 9: Magazine Photo Illustration of Travel Article (40)
Gold: Andrea Fazzari, “Steak Heaven,” Departures
Silver: Frederic Lagrange, “Inland Empire,” Travel + Leisure
Bronze: Martha Camarillo, “A Different Denmark,” Travel + Leisure

Category 10: Special Packages/Projects (51)
Gold: Kira Salak, Bonnie Tsui, Roger Toll and Paul Bennett, “Adventure Travel 2007,”
         National Geographic Adventure
Silver: Jane Wooldridge and Stephanie Rosenblatt, “Road Trip,” The Miami Herald
Bronze: Alan Solomon, “Goodbye, Wrigley. So Long, Cell,” Chicago Tribune

Category 11: Self-illustrated Article (82)
Gold: Alan Solomon, “Going for Brokeback,” Chicago Tribune
Silver: Jamie Elvidge, “Scottish Highlands: Into the Green,” Motorcycle Escape
Bronze: Peter Mandel, “Turkish Delights?” The San Diego Union-Tribune

Category 12: Article on Land Travel (53)
Gold: Winter D. Prosapio, “Summer of the Gypsies,” San Antonio Express-News
Silver: Greg Grim and Mike Church, “Cycling the Silk Road,” Slate
Bronze: Trevor Meers, “Finding Passion for the Plains,” Midwest Living

Category 13: Article on Marine Travel (77)
Gold: Sisse Brimberg, Cotton Coulson, Thomas B. Allen, Keith Bellows, “Eye-Level Cruises,”
         National Geographic Traveler
Silver: W. Hodding Carter, “The 40-Year-Old Virgin Swimmer,” Outside
Bronze: Peter Mandel, “On Top of the World,” The Sun (Baltimore)

Category 14: Article on Adventure Travel (73)
Gold: Tim Cahill, “State of Adrenaline,” National Geographic Adventure
Silver: Kerri Westenberg, “Appalachian Trail Magic,” Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Bronze: Amanda Castleman, “Calm as a Hurricane’s Eye,” Road and Travel

Category 15: Travel News/Investigative Reporting (28)
Gold: William J. McGee, “An Accident Waiting to Happen? Outsourcing Raises Air-Safety Concerns,”
         Consumer Reports
Silver: Tim Cahill, “Along the Devil’s Highway,” National Geographic Adventure
Bronze: William Dietrich, “Off the Beaten Paths,” The Seattle Times

Category 16: Service-oriented Consumer Article (101)
Gold: Gary Stoller, “Car Rental Prices Can Change in a Heartbeat,” USA Today
Silver: Frank Bures, “How to Use a Squat Toilet,” World Hum
Bronze: Sascha Segan, “Can You Make the Call? International Cell Phone Tips,” Frommers.com

Category 17: Environmental Tourism Article (54)
Gold: Patrick Symmes, “The China Question: Leaping Tiger, Drowning River,” Outside
Silver: Jad Davenport, “Ultimate Icebreaker,” Islands
Bronze: Jonathan B. Tourtellot, “Places Rated: How Do 94 World Heritage Destinations Stack Up?”
            National Geographic Traveler

Category 18: Cultural Tourism Article (112)
Gold: Paul Theroux, “Private Obsessions of a Remarkable Collector,” Departures
Silver: David Lambkin and Tom Dunkel, “Trading Places,” National Geographic Traveler
Bronze: Charles Michener, “The Architecture of Sound,” Departures

Category 19: Personal Comment (123)
Gold: Leonard Pitts Jr., “Return to Africa,” The Miami Herald
Silver: Ian Frazier, “A Kielbasa Too Far,” Outside
Bronze: Rolf Potts, “The Living Museum of Nowhere & Everywhere,” Tales From Nowhere, Lonely Planet

Category 20: Travel Book (24)
Gold: Stephanie Elizondo Griest, “100 Places Every Woman Should Go,” Travelers’ Tales/Solas House Imprint
Silver: Darrin DuFord, “Is There a Hole in the Boat? Tales of Travel in Panama Without a Car,” Booklocker.com Inc.
Bronze: James O’Reilly, Larry Habegger, Sean O’Reilly, “The Best Travel Writing 2007:
            True Stories From Around the World,” Travelers’ Tales

Category 21: Guidebook (63)
Gold: Tom Downs, “Lonely Planet: New Orleans,” Lonely Planet Publications
Silver: Christopher P. Baker, “Moon Handbooks: Cuba,” Avalon Travel Publishing
Bronze: Sylvie Hogg and team, “MTV Italy,” John Wiley & Sons

Category 22: Internet Publication/Website (17)
Gold: LonelyPlanet.com, John Ryan, Editorial Manager
Silver: NewYorkology.com, Amy Langfield, Editor
Bronze: Frommers.com, David Lytle, Editorial Director, and Jason Clampet, Editor

Category 23: Internet Travel Article (54)
Gold: Ben Crair, “The Evolution of the Minnesota State Fair,” Slate
Silver: Catherine Watson, “Unlocking Beirut,” World Hum
Bronze: Tom Haines, “Looking for the New in New England,” Boston.com

Category 24: Special-Purpose Travel (95)
Gold: Larry Bleiberg, “Bargain Fare,” The Dallas Morning News
Silver: Jerry Luciani, “Fear Factor,” The Record (Hackensack, NJ)
Bronze: Maria Sudekum Fisher, “Volunteer Vacation,” Associated Press

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