American Society of Magazine Editors

National Magazine Awards 2013 Winners Announced

May 2, 2013
New York and National Geographic Lead Ellie Pack; “47 Percent” Video Honored

NEW YORK, NY (May 2, 2013) — The winners of the 2013 National Magazine Awards were announced tonight at the annual awards presentation at the New York Marriott Marquis. New York was named Magazine of the Year. The Atlantic, New York and Texas Monthly each won two awards; National Geographic won four, including two for digital media. Two digital-only publications also won awards: Pitchfork for General Excellence, Digital Media, and Slate for Columns and Commentary.

“Tonight showed the growing power of Magazine Media not only in print but online and on tablets,” said Sid Holt, chief executive of the American Society of Magazine Editors. “Whether it was Pamela Colloff’s extraordinary article ‘The Innocent Man’ for Texas Monthly or the election-changing video ‘Full Secret Video of Private Romney Fundraiser’ for Mother Jones, these are the kinds of stories only magazines can tell.”

Known as the Ellies, for the Alexander Calder stabile “Elephant” given to each winner, the 2013 awards gala was attended by 600 magazine editors and publishers and was hosted by Willie Geist, co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and NBC’s “Today.” Allison Williams, star of the HBO series “Girls,” also joined Lucy Danziger, the editor in chief of SELF and president of ASME, to present a General Excellence Award to Anna Wintour, the editor in chief of Vogue.

Sixty-two magazines were honored as finalists, and 18 magazines won awards. Writers and photographers whose work received National Magazine Awards included Ta-Nehisi Coates for The Atlantic in Essays and Criticism; Chris Heath for GQ in Reporting; Steven Klein for W in Feature Photography; Dahlia Lithwick for Slate in Columns and Commentary; and Mimi Swartz for Texas Monthly in Public Interest. Stephen King’s “Batman and Robin Have an Altercation,” published by Harper’s Magazine, won in Fiction—the second time one of his stories has received a National Magazine Award.

The evening was highlighted by the presentation of the Creative Excellence Award to two legends of magazine design, Milton Glaser and Walter Bernard, for their unique and enduring contributions to American journalism. Glaser and Bernard were introduced by journalist and playwright Michael Kramer and were interviewed on video by Ken Auletta, media critic for The New Yorker.

Established in 1966, the National Magazine Awards are sponsored by ASME in association with the Columbia Journalism School. Nearly 260 publications entered the National Magazine Awards this year, submitting 1,636 entries. The judges included 330 magazine editors, art directors and photography editors as well as journalism educators.

18 Magazines Receive Ellies

Magazine of the Year
New York
Adam Moss, Editor in Chief
Ben Williams, Online Editorial Director

May 28, October 22 and November 12 Print and iPad Editions

General Excellence, Print:

News, Sports and Entertainment Magazines
National Geographic
Chris Johns, Editor in Chief
October, November and December

Service and Fashion Magazines
Anna Wintour, Editor in Chief
March, September and December

Lifestyle Magazines
Martha Stewart Living
Martha Stewart, Founder
Gael Towey, Chief Creative and Editorial Director
Pilar Guzmán, Editor in Chief

Martha Stewart, Founder and Chief Creative Officer
Pilar Guzmán, Editor in Chief
May and November

Special-Interest Magazines
Lawrence J. Burke, Chairman and Editor in Chief
Christopher Keyes, Vice President and Editor
March, October and November

Literary, Political and Professional Magazines
The Paris Review
Lorin Stein, Editor
Spring, Fall and Winter

General Excellence, Digital Media
Mark Richardson, Editor in Chief

Rick Stengel, Managing Editor
July 30, November 19 and December 31, 2012/January 7, 2013

National Geographic
Chris Johns, Editor in Chief
August, September and December

Feature Photography
Stefano Tonchi, Editor in Chief
Good Kate, Bad Kate," by Will Self; photographs by Steven Klein

Single-Topic Issue
James Oseland, Editor in Chief
“The Mexico Issue”

Magazine Section
New York
Adam Moss, Editor in Chief
May 28, October 8 and October 22

Personal Service
Los Angeles
Mary Melton, Editor in Chief
The New Face and Body of Plastic Surgery in L.A.

Leisure Interests
Chris Anderson, Editor in Chief
“How to Be a Geek Dad”

The Atlantic
James Bennet, Editor in Chief
Bob Cohn, Editor, Atlantic Digital

Tablet Magazine
National Geographic
Chris Johns, Editor in Chief
Lisa Lytton, Director, Digital Editions
May, November and December iPad Editions

National Geographic
Chris Johns, Editor in Chief
“Cheetahs on the Edge,” November iPad Edition

Mother Jones
Monika Bauerlein and Clara Jeffery, Editors
David Corn, Washington Bureau Chief
James West, Producer
Full Secret Video of Private Romney Fundraiser,” September 18

Public Interest
Texas Monthly
Jake Silverstein, Editor in Chief
Mothers, Sisters, Daughters, Wives,” by Mimi Swartz

Jim Nelson, Editor in Chief
18 Tigers, 17 Lions, 8 Bears, 3 Cougars, 2 Wolves, 1 Baboon, 1 Macaque and 1 Man Dead in Ohio,” by Chris Heath

Feature Writing Incorporating Profile Writing
Texas Monthly
Jake Silverstein, Editor in Chief
The Innocent Man: Part I,” November, and “The Innocent Man: Part II,” December, by Pamela Colloff

Essays and Criticism
The Atlantic
James Bennet, Editor in Chief
Scott Stossel, Editor
Fear of a Black President,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Columns and Commentary
David Plotz, Editor in Chief
Three columns by Dahlia Lithwick: "It's Not About the Law, Stupid," March 22; "The Supreme Court's Dark Vision of Freedom," March 27; and "Where Is the Liberal Outrage?" July 6

Harper’s Magazine
Ellen Rosenbush, Editor
Batman and Robin Have an Altercation,” by Stephen King

All publication dates 2012 unless otherwise indicated.

The American Society of Magazine Editors is the principal organization for magazine journalists in the United States. ASME members include the editorial leaders of most major consumer and business magazines published in print and online. Founded in 1963, ASME works to defend the First Amendment, protect editorial independence and support the development of journalism.

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American Society of Magazine Editors

Sid Holt, 212-872-3723

Cristina Dinozo, 212-872-3731