Bon Appétit, National Geographic, New York and The New Yorker Top Winners; Graydon Carter Honored

NEW YORK, NY (May 1, 2014)—The winners of the 2014 National Magazine Awards were announced tonight at the annual awards presentation at the New York Marriott Marquis. Fast Company was named Magazine of the Year. Bon Appétit and National Geographic both won two awards; New York won three; and The New Yorker won four. Two magazines won National Magazine Awards for the first time: Cosmopolitan, which debuted as a women’s magazine in 1965, and Modern Farmer, founded just last year.

“This year's awards demonstrated not only the enduring power of some of our best known titles but also showcased the exciting stories and compelling images to be found in new print and digital publications," said Sid Holt, chief executive of the American Society of Magazine Editors, which sponsors the awards. "Whether it's the reporting in TIME, the feature writing in The New Yorker, the service journalism in O, The Oprah Magazine or the digital magic of National Geographic, the National Magazine Awards showed once again why 91 percent of American adults read magazine media regularly.”

Known as the Ellies, for the Alexander Calder stabile “Elephant” given to each winner, the 2014 awards dinner was attended by 600 magazine media editors and publishers and was hosted by Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, the co-hosts of MSNBC's “Morning Joe.” Sixty-six magazines were honored as finalists in 24 categories, and 17 magazines won awards.

Among the notable award winners were TIME, which won its third National Magazine Award for Public Interest for Steven Brill’s 24,000-word investigation of health-care costs, “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us”; Bloomberg Businessweek, which won the Single-Topic Issue award for the magazine’s examination of the 2008 financial crisis, “Five Years From the Brink”; and W, which won the Feature Photography award for the second year in a row for Tim Walker’s photo portfolio, “Stranger Than Paradise,” featuring Tilda Swinton.

A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Magazine Editors' Hall of Fame Award to one of the best-known and most influential journalists in America, Graydon Carter, the editor of Vanity Fair since 1992 and the founder, with Kurt Andersen and Tom Phillips, of the now-legendary magazine Spy. Carter was introduced by the long-time managing editor of TIME, Jim Kelly, whose own work received a National Magazine Award for General Excellence in 2006. The actor Jon Hamm also appeared in a wry video to read Carter's low-key statement of thanks.

Established in 1966, the National Magazine Awards are sponsored by ASME in association with the Columbia Journalism School. More than 250 publications entered the National Magazine Awards this year, submitting 1,586 entries. The judges included 333 magazine editors, art directors and photography editors as well as journalism educators.

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National Magazine Awards 2014 Winners 

General Excellence

General Interest
Honors magazines covering politics, business, technology, sports and entertainment

New York                                                                                          
Adam Moss, Editor in Chief
September 16, November 18 and December 9 Print and iPad Editions

Service and Lifestyle
Honors magazines covering family, the home, food, fashion and relationships

Peggy Northrop, Editor in Chief
September, October and December

Style and Design
Honors magazines covering fashion, decorating, dining, entertaining and travel

Bon Appétit
Adam Rapoport, Editor in Chief
January, July and September

Active Interest
Honors magazines covering active sports, outdoor recreation and health and fitness

Field & Stream
Anthony Licata, Editor in Chief
May, June and December 2013/January 2014

Special Interest
Honors magazines serving highly defined reader communities

Eric Schurenberg, President and Editor
June, September and December 2013/January 2014

Literature, Science and Politics
Honors smaller-circulation general-interest magazines as well as publications covering the arts

Christian Wiman, Editor for February and September Print Editions and June Print and iPad Editions
Don Share, Editor for November and December iPad Editions                            

Honors overall excellence in print magazine design

New York
Adam Moss, Editor in Chief
Thomas Alberty, Design Director
April 8, May 20 and September 16

Honors overall excellence in print magazine photography

Bon Appétit                                                                                      
Adam Rapoport, Editor in Chief
Alex Grossman, Creative Director
Alex Pollack, Photo Director
July, September and December

Single-Topic Issue
Honors print magazines that have devoted a single issue to the comprehensive examination of one subject

Bloomberg Businessweek
Josh Tyrangiel, Editor
“Five Years From the Brink”
September 16-22

Magazine Section
Honors front- or back-of-the-book departments or sections regularly published in print

Modern Farmer
Ann Marie Gardner, Chief Executive Officer and Editor in Chief
“Modern Farmer Handbook”
Spring, Fall and Winter

Personal Service
Honors the use of print to serve readers’ needs and aspirations

Joanna Coles, Editor in Chief
“Your Cosmo Guide to Contraception”

Leisure Interests
Honors the use of print to provide practical information about recreational activities and special interests

O, The Oprah Magazine
Oprah Winfrey, Founder and Editorial Director
Lucy Kaylin, Editor in Chief
“Hair Extravaganza!”

Honors magazine websites and digital-only magazines

New York
Adam Moss, Editor in Chief
Ben Williams, Editorial Director,

Tablet Magazine
Honors magazines published on tablets and e-readers, including digital-only magazines

National Geographic
Chris Johns, Editor in Chief
August, October and November iPad Editions

Honors digital storytelling and the integration of magazine media

National Geographic
Chris Johns, Editor in Chief
The Last Chase,” by Robert Draper
November Print and iPad Editions

Honors the outstanding use of video by magazine websites and digital-only magazines

Cynthia Leive, Editor in Chief
Confronting Cancer: BRCA1 & BRCA2 Gene Mutations,” October 9, “Recovery: Meds. And Love,” October 23, and “Life Post-Surgery: Back on Stage,” October 30, from “Screw You Cancer” series

Public Interest
Honors magazine journalism that illuminates issues of national importance

Rick Stengel, Managing Editor
Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us,” by Steven Brill
March 4

Honors reporting excellence as exemplified by one article or a series of articles

The New York Times Magazine
Hugo Lindgren, Editor in Chief
The Dream Boat,” by Luke Mogelson
Photographs by Joel van Houdt
November 17

Feature Writing
Honors original, stylish storytelling
The New Yorker
David Remnick, Editor
Pamela Maffei McCarthy, Deputy Editor
A Loaded Gun,” by Patrick Radden Keefe
February 11 & 18

Feature Photography
Honors the use of original photography in a feature story, photo-essay or photo portfolio

Stefano Tonchi, Editor in Chief
Stranger Than Paradise,” photographs by Tim Walker

Essays and Criticism
Honors interpretative and critical journalism

The New Yorker
David Remnick, Editor
Pamela Maffei McCarthy, Deputy Editor
Thanksgiving in Mongolia,” by Ariel Levy
November 18

Columns and Commentary
Honors political and social commentary; news analysis; and reviews and criticism

The New Yorker
David Remnick, Editor
Pamela Maffei McCarthy, Deputy Editor
Three columns by Emily Nussbaum: “Shark Week,” February 25; “Difficult Women,” July 29; and “Private Practice,” October 7

Honors fiction originally published in magazines      

The New Yorker
David Remnick, Editor
Pamela Maffei McCarthy, Deputy Editor
The Embassy of Cambodia,” by Zadie Smith
February 11 & 18

Magazine of the Year
Honors magazines for print and digital editorial excellence and the success of out-of-book programs and services

Fast Company
Robert Safian, Editor
Florian Bachleda, Creative Director
Noah Robischon, Executive Director of Digital
March, May and October Print Editions
May, June and July/August iPad Editions

Publication dates are 2013 and refer to print editions unless otherwise noted. Editors listed in winners’ citations held those positions when content was published.

About ASME

The American Society of Magazine Editors is the principal organization for magazine journalists in the United States. The members of ASME include the editorial leaders of most major consumer and business magazines published in print and on digital platforms. Founded in 1963, ASME works to defend the First Amendment, protect editorial independence and support the development of journalism. ASME sponsors the National Magazine Awards in association with the Columbia Journalism School 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. Learn more at


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