American Society of Magazine Editors

National Magazine Awards 2012 Winners Announced

May 3, 2012

NEW YORK, NY (May 3, 2012) — The winners of the 2012 National Magazine Awards were announced tonight at the annual awards presentation at the New York Marriott Marquis. TIME was named Magazine of the Year. New York won three awards, and The New Yorker won two. Sponsored by the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME), in association with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, the National Magazine Awards are the preeminent awards for magazine journalism.

“Tonight wasn’t just about one or two magazines,” said Sid Holt, chief executive of ASME.  “Service and lifestyle titles like O, The Oprah Magazine and House Beautiful won their first General Excellence awards, but so did business and technology books like Inc. and IEEE Spectrum. Publications like Esquire and Vanity Fair continue to publish extraordinary literary journalism, and GQ and TIME are pushing the boundaries of magazine making both in print and on digital platforms.”

Known as the Ellies, for the Alexander Calder stabile “Elephant” given to each winner, the 2012 awards were hosted by Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor of the "NBC Nightly News" and "Rock Center." The event was highlighted by the presentation of the Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame award to Terry McDonell, Editor of the Time Inc. Sports Group.

 

NATIONAL MAGAZINE AWARDS 2012 WINNERS  
18 Magazines Receive National Magazine Awards
 

MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR
Honors the achievement of editorial excellence both in print and on digital platforms

TIME
Rick Stengel, Managing Editor
Catherine Sharick, Managing Editor, TIME.com

May 20, October 17 and December 26/January 2, 2012, Print Issues
TIME.com
Weekly iPad App

 

GENERAL EXCELLENCE - Active- and Special Interest Magazines
Honors magazines serving targeted readerships

Inc.
Jane Berentson, Editor
February, November and December 2011/January 2012 Issues

 

GENERAL EXCELLENCE - General-Interest Magazines
Honors large-circulation weeklies, biweeklies and general-interest monthlies

Bloomberg Businessweek
Josh Tyrangiel, Editor
October 10-16, October 31-November 6 and November 14-20 Issues

 

GENERAL EXCELLENCE - Lifestyle Magazines
Honors city and regional publications as well as food, travel and shelter magazines

House Beautiful
Newell Turner, Editor in Chief
March, June and July/August Issues

 

GENERAL EXCELLENCE - Thought-Leader Magazines
Honors small-circulation general-interest magazines as well as literary, scholarly and professional publications

IEEE Spectrum
Susan Hassler, Editor in Chief
September, October and November Issues

 

GENERAL EXCELLENCE - Women’s Magazines
Honors health, fitness and parenting publications as well as fashion, service and lifestyle magazines

O, The Oprah Magazine
Oprah Winfrey, Founder and Editorial Director
Susan Casey, Editor in Chief
April, May and November Issues

 

COLUMNS AND COMMENTARY
Honors political and social commentary; news analysis; and reviews and criticism

Vanity Fair
Graydon Carter, Editor
Three columns by Christopher Hitchens, Contributing Editor: “When the King Saved God,” May; “Unspoken Truths,” June; and “From Abbottobad to Worse,” July

 

DESIGN
Honors overall excellence in magazine design

GQ
Jim Nelson, Editor in Chief
Fred Woodward, Design Director
May, August and October Issues

 

ESSAYS AND CRITICISM
Honors long-form journalism on topics ranging from the personal to the political

New York
Adam Moss, Editor in Chief
“Paper Tigers,” by Wesley Yang, Contributing Editor
May 16

 

FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY
Honors the use of original photography in a feature story, photo essay or photo portfolio

The New York Times Magazine
Hugo Lindgren, Editor in Chief
“Vamps, Crooks & Killers,” photographs by Alex Prager; introduction by A.O. Scott
December 11

 

FEATURE WRITING
Honors original, stylish storytelling

Esquire
David Granger, Editor in Chief
“Joplin!” by Luke Dittrich, Contributing Editor
October

 

FICTION
Honors the publication of fiction in magazines

Zoetrope: All-Story
Michael Ray, Editor
“The Hox River Window,” by Karen Russell
Fall

 

LEISURE INTERESTS
Honors coverage of fashion and beauty; travel; decorating and gardening; food; fitness and active sports; cars and boats; and hobbies and crafts

Saveur
James Oseland, Editor in Chief
“Italian America,” by John Mariani, Lou Di Palo, Marne Setton, Rina Oh, Greg Ferro, Jane and Michael Stern, James Oseland, Dana Bowen, Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli
December

 

MAGAZINE SECTION
Honors the editorial direction of a clearly branded front- or back-of-the-book department or section

New York
Adam Moss, Editor in Chief
“Strategist”
July 11, October 10 and November 28

 

NEWS AND DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY
Honors photojournalism and photography that documents news events or news-related subjects

Harper’s Magazine
Ellen Rosenbush, Editor
Stacey Clarkson, Art Director
“Juvenile Injustice,” photographs by Richard Ross
October

 

PERSONAL SERVICE
Honors coverage of health care, personal relationships, parenting, career planning and personal finance

Glamour
Cynthia Leive, Editor in Chief
“The Secret That Kills Four Women a Day,” by Liz Brody, Editor at Large
June

 

PHOTOGRAPHY
Honors overall excellence in magazine photography

Vogue
Anna Wintour, Editor in Chief
Grace Coddington, Creative Director
Raul Martinez, Design Director
March, October and November Issues

 

PROFILE WRITING
Honors news or feature stories about an individual or a group of closely linked individuals

D Magazine
Tim Rogers, Editor
“He Is Anonymous,” by Tim Rogers
April

 

PUBLIC INTEREST
Honors magazine journalism that illuminates issues of local or national importance

The New Yorker
David Remnick, Editor
“The Invisible Army,” by Sarah Stillman
June 6

 

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

The New Yorker
David Remnick, Editor
“The Apostate,” by Lawrence Wright
February 14 & 21

 

SINGLE-TOPIC ISSUE
Honors magazines that have devoted an issue to the comprehensive examination of one subject

New York
Adam Moss, Editor in Chief
“The Encyclopedia of 9/11”
September 5-12

 

All publication dates 2011 unless otherwise indicated
 

About the National Magazine Awards
ASME sponsors the National Magazine Awards in association with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism The first award was presented in 1966 to Look; the first award for digital journalism was presented in 1997 to Money. Nearly 270 publications entered the National Magazine Awards this year, submitting 1,804 entries.  The judges included 345 magazine journalists and journalism educators. Including both print and digital finalists, 67 publications were nominated for 2012 National Magazine Awards. The winners of National Magazine Awards for Digital Media categories were announced in March.


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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PRESS CONTACTS

American Society of Magazine Editors

Sid Holt, 212-872-3723
sholt@magazine.org

Howard Polskin, 212-872-3732
hpolskin@magazine.org