57TH annual awards presented live at Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Steel; 12 magazines and websites win top honors

NEW YORK (April 5, 2022)—The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) tonight announced winners of the 2022 National Magazine Awards during a live ceremony held at Brooklyn Steel, a music venue in Williamsburg, New York. The awards honor magazines and websites for editorial excellence in categories ranging from Reporting and Photography to Podcasting and Video. The previously announced finalists and winners of the ASME Award for Fiction, the ASME Awards for Photography and Illustration, and the ASME NEXT Awards for Journalists Under 30 were also honored.

Presenters for the awards included Clara Jeffery, editor in chief of Mother Jones, and ASME president; Joe Brown, editor of the Substack newsletter one5c; Stephanie Mehta, CEO and chief content officer at Mansueto Ventures; and Alison Overholt, general manager of Oprah Daily.

The Capitol Riot, the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and the COVID-19 pandemic were addressed in work by 2022 National Magazine Award winners. Among the notable pieces were Luke Mogelson’s footage, “A Reporter’s Video From Inside the Capitol Siege,” for The New Yorker; Matthieu Aikins’ definitive account of the fall of Kabul, “The Collapse,” and Carina del Valle Schorske’s essay on a COVID-summer of movement and dance, "Bodies on the Line,” both for The New York Times Magazine.

Other winning stories included the celebration of culinary delights available at America’s gas stations in “Filling Up,” edited by Lesley Suter, and Lindsey B. King’s investigation of “high-THC cannabis concentrates and their (scary) effect on the teenage brain,” in “Shattered Minds” for 5280.

“In a year when print and digital journalism was more important than ever to readers, ASME is proud to recognize the achievements of so many talented editors, writers, video makers and podcasters,” said Sidney Holt, executive director of ASME and administrator of the National Magazine Awards. “It was wonderful to be able to get together again—to be able to celebrate as an industry—after two years of streamed award presentations.”

The New York Times Magazine received three awards, winning in the Reporting, Essays and Criticism and Public Interest categories. The Atlantic and The New Yorker also won multiple awards this year.

The most prestigious honor, General Excellence, went to four publications. Winners were: The Atlantic, a repeat finalist from last year; Car and Driver and Harper’s Bazaar, each with first-time category wins; and Stranger’s Guide, which received its second category win in two years.

In Podcasting, Pineapple Street Studios was a first-time finalist and winner for two episodes of “The 11th,” hosted by Hanif Abdurraqib. Essence was also a first-time winner in Photography for “Of Earth & Sky,” with photographs by Lorna Simpson.

The ASME Award for Fiction winner was The Georgia Review for "After God, Fear Women," by Eloghosa Osunde, "Come With Me," by Nishanth Injam, and “Copper Queen,” by Aryn Kyle.

Winners of the ASME Awards for Photography and Illustration were Catapult, InStyle, National Geographic, New York, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Southern Living and The Verge.

The honorees for ASME NEXT Awards for Journalists Under 30 were Karen Hao, senior AI editor, MIT Technology Review; Jamie Lauren Keiles, contributing writer, The New York Times Magazine; Katy Schneider, features editor, New York; Stephania Taladrid, contributing writer, The New Yorker; and Cat Zhang, assistant editor, Pitchfork.

Established in 1966, the National Magazine Awards are sponsored by the American Society of Magazine Editors in association with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and are administered by ASME. Originally limited to print magazines, the awards now recognize magazine journalism published in any medium.

Winners received “Ellies,” the elephant-shaped statuettes modeled on Alexander Calder’s stabile “Elephant Walking,” created in 1942.

For a complete list of the 2022 finalists and winners, visit

National Magazine Awards 2022 Winners

1.     General Excellence, News, Sports and Entertainment

  • The Atlantic

2.     General Excellence, Service and Lifestyle

  • Harper’s Bazaar                                                                                                         

3.     General Excellence, Special Interest

  • Car and Driver

4.     General Excellence, Literature, Science and Politics

  • Stranger's Guide

5.     Podcasting

6.     Video

7.     Design

  • National Geographic for “Solar System in Action” and “Small Wonders”

8.     Photography

  • ESSENCE for “Of Earth & Sky,” photographs by Lorna Simpson

9.     Single-Topic Issue

  • Popular Science for “The Heat Issue”

10.   Service Journalism

11.   Lifestyle Journalism

  • Eater for “Filling Up,” edited by Lesley Suter

12.   Reporting

  • The New York Times Magazine for “The Collapse,” by Matthieu Aikins

13.   Feature Writing

14.   Profile Writing

15.   Essays and Criticism

16.   Public Interest

ASME Award for Fiction

The Georgia Review for "After God, Fear Women," by Eloghosa Osunde, "Come With Me," by Nishanth Injam and “Copper Queen,” by Aryn Kyle

ASME Awards for Photography and Illustration

Best News and Entertainment Photograph

Best Service and Lifestyle Photograph

Best Profile Photograph

  • InStyle for “The First," photograph by Camila Falquez

Best Conceptual Photograph 

Best News and Entertainment Story

Best Service and Lifestyle Story

  • Southern Living for “The Magic of Meringue,” photographs by Antonis Achilleos

Best Photo Portfolio

Best Print Illustration

Best Digital Illustration

  • The Verge for “Verge 10,” illustration by Micha Huigen

Best Illustrated Story

ASME NEXT Awards for Journalists Under 30


Karen Hao, Senior AI Editor, MIT Technology Review
Nominated by Niall Firth, Editorial Director, Digital, MIT Technology Review

Jamie Lauren Keiles, Contributing Writer, The New York Times Magazine
Nominated by Willy Staley, Story Editor, The New York Times Magazine

Katy Schneider, Features Editor, New York
Nominated by Alexis Swerdloff, Deputy Editor, New York

Stephania Taladrid, Contributing Writer, The New Yorker
Nominated by David Remnick, Editor, The New Yorker

Cat Zhang, Assistant Editor, Pitchfork
Nominated by Puja Patel, Editor in Chief, Pitchfork


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About ASME

The American Society of Magazine Editors is the principal organization for the editorial leaders of magazines and websites published in the United States. Founded in 1963, ASME strives to safeguard the First Amendment, support the development of journalism and defend the editorial integrity of print and digital publications. ASME sponsors the National Magazine Awards in association with the Columbia Journalism School, conducts training programs for reporters and editors and publishes the ASME Guidelines for Editors and Publishers.

About Columbia Journalism School

For over a century, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism has been preparing journalists with instruction and training that stresses academic rigor, ethics, journalistic inquiry and professional practice. Founded with a gift from Joseph Pulitzer, the school opened its doors in 1912 and offers master of science, master of arts and doctor of philosophy degrees.

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