Awards For Works Published in 2014 - 2015

Faculty members of the Missouri School of Journalism judged the competition, with Prof. John Fennell, Prof. Jennifer Rowe and administrative assistant Kim Townlain coordinating. There were 1,406 entries, a near record high. In the following list of winners, numbers in parentheses denote number of entries in the category. For questions, contact: Mary Lu Abbott, SATW Foundation administrator, 281-217-2872, or

Category 101: Grand Award — Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year (40)
Gold:    Todd Pitock, freelance writer
Silver:    Tim Neville, freelance writer (CLICK HERE to access all of Tim Neville's articles.)
Bronze:    Christopher Solomon, freelance writer
Honorable Mention: Melanie Radzicki McManus, freelance writer (CLICK HERE)

Category 102: Newspaper Travel Sections/Coverage (10)
102A — Newspapers with 350,000 or more circulation
Gold:    The New York Times, Monica Drake, Travel Editor
Silver:    The Boston Globe, Chris Morris, Travel Editor
Bronze:    Los Angeles Times, Catharine Hamm, Travel Editor

102B — Newspapers under 350,000 circulation
Gold:    San Francisco Chronicle, Spud Hilton, Travel Editor
Silver:    The Seattle Times, Kristin Jackson, Travel Editor
Bronze:    The Plain Dealer (Cleveland), Susan Glaser, Travel Editor

Category 103: Magazines (18)
103A — Travel Magazines

Gold:    National Geographic Traveler, the late Keith Bellows, Editor-in-Chief; Norie Quintos, Executive Editor
Silver:    Afar, Julia Cosgrove, Editor-in-Chief
Bronze:    Travel + Leisure, Nancy Novogrod, retiring Editor-in-Chief; Nathan Lump, Editor-in-Chief

103B — Travel Coverage in Other Magazines
Gold:    Departures, Richard David Story, Editor-in-Chief
Silver:    Outside, Christopher Keyes, Editor
Bronze:    Private Clubs, Don Nichols, Editor-in-Chief

Category 104: U.S./Canada Travel (135)
Gold:    Kim Severson, “Little Bit Country, Little Bit Gay,” The New York Times
Silver:    Matt Jaffe, “Two Men and a Truck,” Arizona Highways
Bronze:    Jacob Baynham, “Land of Plenty,” Coastal Living

Category 105: Foreign Travel (165)
Gold:    Andrew McCarthy, “Untamed Ireland,” Travel + Leisure
Silver:    Carl Hoffman, “It Takes a Village,” National Geographic Traveler
Bronze:    Todd Pitock, “The Rebirth of Awe,” National Geographic Traveler
Honorable Mention: Bruce Schoenfeld, “Spanish Inclination,” National Geographic Traveler

Category 106: Photo Illustration of Travel (89)
Gold:    Brian Peterson, “Wild World in Bloom,” Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Silver:    Aaron Huey, “The Road to Wellville,” National Geographic Traveler
Bronze:    Kari Medig, “The Great Canadian Safari,” Air Canada enRoute
Honorable Mention: James Whitlow Delano, “Traveler in the Sunset Clouds,” Smithsonian Magazine

Category 107: Special Packages/Projects (37)
Gold:    “Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2014,” Air Canada enRoute magazine and multimedia,
              Andrew Braithwaite, author; John Cullen, photographer; and enRoute-Spafax Canada staff
Silver:    “50 Reasons to Love the World,” BBC Travel, Jim Benning and Allison Busacca, editors
Bronze:    “My European Ritual,” The New York Times, multiple contributors and staff

Category 108: Cruise Travel (54)
Gold:    Andrew Sessa, “Trip the Lights Fantastic,” Houston Chronicle
Silver:    Eddy Hartenstein, “South of Everything,” Los Angeles Times
Bronze:  John Flinn, “Smaller Cruise Ships in Alaska Offer Big Close-ups,” San Francisco Chronicle

Category 109: Adventure Travel (76)
Gold:    Elizabeth Weil, “The Woman Who Walked 10,000 Miles (No Exaggeration) in Three Years,”
              The New York Times Magazine
Silver:    Christopher Solomon, “Baked Alaska,” Outside
Bronze:  Aaron Teasdale, “Maya Medicine,” SUP (Stand-Up Paddling) Magazine

Category 110: Travel News/Investigative Reporting (39)
Gold:    Grayson Schaffer, “Black Year,” Outside
Silver:    Tracy Ross, “Vanished,” Backpacker
Bronze:    Mark Seal, “A Line in the Sand,” Departures

Category 111: Service-Oriented Consumer Work (100)
Gold:    “The Procrastinator’s Survival Guide to Summer Travel,” Sunset Magazine, with Christine Ryan, writer;
              Andrea Minarcek, editor; David Zaitz, photography; and Supriya Kalidas, design
Silver:    “20 Ways to Travel Better,” Travel + Leisure, Amy Farley, Brooke Porter Katz, Nikki Ekstein and staff,
               with photography by Andrew B. Myers
Bronze:    Debra Bokur, “Gateways to Gastronomy/Upscale and Healthy Restaurants in Airports,” Global Traveler
Honorable Mention: Irene S. Levine, “Bicycle Vacations: Boomers’ Latest Travel Trend,” PBS Next Avenue

Category 112: Environmental Tourism (51)
Gold:    Austin Merrill, “Into the Arctic,” Departures
Silver:    Jeff Greenwald, “A Natural Selection,” Westways
Bronze:    Rowan Jacobsen, “The River Was Everywhere and Nowhere,” Outside
Honorable Mention:  Caroline Alexander, “Five Hundred Pounds of Stealth,” Outside

Category 113: Cultural Tourism (127)
Gold:    Patrick Symmes, “Bonfire of the Humanities,” Outside
Silver:    Eliza Griswold, “Poetry Slam,” Outside
Bronze:    Don George, “Piecing Together Puzzles in Cambodia,” BBC Travel
Honorable Mention: Miranda S. Spivack, “In Spain, a Mosaic of Ruins Forms a Picture of Life
                                  in a Major Outpost of the Roman Empire
,” The Washington Post

Category 114: Personal Comment (117)
Gold:    Sarah Khan, “Once a Land of Princes and Palaces,” The New York Times    
Silver:    Marcia DeSanctis, “Travelling Solo in the World’s Most Romantic Country,” BBC Travel
Bronze:    Jeff MacGregor, “La Dolce Via,” Smithsonian Magazine
Honorable Mention: Ian Gordon, “The Fierce Life and Too-Soon Death of My Unlikely Cuban Friends,” Mother Jones

Category 115: Special-Purpose Travel (105)
Gold:    David Farley, “Ashes to Ashes,” Afar
Silver:    Andrew McCarthy, “Steeped in Darjeeling,” National Geographic Traveler
Bronze:    Joshua Hammer, “Dream Machine,” Smithsonian Magazine

Category 116: Short Work on Travel (82)
Gold:    Mary Bergin, “In Nuremberg, Bratwurst Is an Institution, and Now a Museum Exhibit,” Chicago Tribune
Silver:    Robert Stephens, “The Secret to Happ…,” Islands
Bronze:    Kat Tancock, “Running All Over Town,” Canadian Business

Category 117: Travel Book (27)
Gold:    Karen Berger, with photography by Bart Smith, “America’s Great Hiking Trails,” Rizzoli International Publications
Silver:    Michael Meyer, “In Manchuria: A Village Called Wasteland and the Transformation of Rural China,” Bloomsbury Press
Bronze:    Phil Karber, “Postmarks From a Political Traveler,” Paradigm Publishers

Category 118: Guidebook (28)
Gold:    Rob Rachowiecki, with photography by Vance Jacobs, “National Geographic Traveler: Peru,” National Geographic Books
Silver:    Robert Walker, “Okinawa and the Ryukyu Islands,” Tuttle Publishing
Bronze:   Andrew Dier, “Moon: Colombia,” Avalon Travel
Honorable Mention: Anne Vipond and William Kelly, “Best Anchorages of the Inside Passage,” Ocean Cruise Guides

Category 119: Travel Journalism Websites (18)
Gold:, Outside, Christopher Keyes, Editor
Silver, Roads & Kingdoms, Nathan Thornburgh and Matt Goulding, chief editors/publishers
Bronze:, Ciao Bambino!, Amie O’Shaughnessy, founder and managing editor
Honorable Mention:, Afar Media, Davina Baum, Digital Content Director

Category 120: Audio Travel Broadcast (16)
Gold:    Rudy Maxa, “Rudy Maxa’s World: June 2014,” syndicated radio travel show
Silver:    Paul Lasley and Elizabeth Harryman, “Traveling With Paul Lasley & Elizabeth Harryman:
               Margie Goldsmith Gets Engaged in Bali,” OnTravel Media
Bronze:   Thomas C. Wilmer, “Journeys of Discovery With Tom Wilmer: Discover Montserrat,” National Public Radio podcast

Category 121: Video Travel Broadcast  (34)
Gold:    Rick Steves, “Rick Steves’ The Holy Land: Israelis and Palestinians Today,” American Public Television
Silver:    Bob Krist, “Day of the Dead in Oaxaca,” National Geographic Traveler Intelligent Travel blog
Bronze:  The New York Times staff, “36 Hours,” The New York Times
Honorable Mention: Christine van Blokland, “Curious Traveler: Curious About … London,” Public Broadcasting System

Category 122: Travel Blogs (38)
Gold:, Dave Bouskill and Debra Corbeil
Silver:, Jodi Ettenberg
Bronze:, Lanee Lee Neil and Lindsay Taub

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