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The New York Times Magazine, New York, National Geographic top list with most nominations for coveted Ellie Awards; annual awards show to be held at Brooklyn Steel on March 12


February 7, 2020

Former Esquire editor-in-chief David Granger to receive

Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame Award

Pamela Colloff ties record for most nominated female writer in awards history

NEW YORK, NY (February 6, 2020)—The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) today announced via Twittercast the finalists for the 2020 National Magazine Awards for Print and Digital Media. ASME will celebrate the 55th annual presentation of the Ellie Awards and honor the 112 finalists on Thursday, March 12th, at Brooklyn Steel, a music venue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

This year, the Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame Award will be presented by journalist Tom Junod to David Granger, former editor-in-chief of Esquire magazine. Junod previously wrote for Granger at GQ and Esquire, where his work included the cover story on Fred Rogers that inspired the movie “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.”

The evening reception will include the presentation of the 2020 ASME Award for Fiction to The Paris Review, as well as honors for the five winners of the 2020 ASME Next Awards for Journalists Under 30. More than 500 magazine editors and publishers are expected to attend the annual event.

Other highlights in 2020 include Pamela Colloff, ProPublica senior reporter and The New York Times Magazine staff writer, receiving her seventh nomination with “False Witness.” Colloff now ties the overall record for most nominated female writer in awards history with The Atlantic’s Caitlin Flanagan.

The New York Times Magazine led the nominations with 10, the most in its history, with three nominations (General Excellence, Podcasting, Public Interest) honoring The 1619 Project, which “aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative,” according to the magazine. Rounding out top finalists were New York magazine and National Geographic with nine and eight nominations respectively.

Titles with multiple nominations also included Bon Appétit and The New Yorker with six each, and SELF and Texas Monthly with four.

Sixty-two titles were nominated in 22 categories. Twenty publications were nominated for the most prestigious honor, General Excellence. Nominees include large-circulation titles such as Cosmopolitan (which also received its seventh-consecutive nomination in Personal Service), regional titles like Atlanta, special-interest magazines like National Parks, literary journals like Oxford American and digital-first publications like The Trace.

Bon Appétit was nominated for the ninth consecutive year in General Excellence, the most consecutive nominations in that category in the history of the awards. Aperture and New York magazine received their fifth-consecutive nominations in General Excellence, while The Marshall Project received its fourth-consecutive nomination in General Excellence.

Ten media organizations were first-time finalists in any category: 1843, Catapult, the Charleston Gazette-Mail, Emergence, Gimlet, National Parks, Quanta, Stranger’s Guide, Vox, and The Washington Post Magazine for its “Prison” issue featuring the work of currently and formerly incarcerated Americans.

Taffy Brodesser-Akner received her first nomination for Feature Writing with “All That Glitters,” a piece featured in The New York Times Magazine on gender discrimination and sexual harassment at Sterling Jewelers. Jia Tolentino is also a first-time finalist in Columns and Commentary for her work in The New Yorker.

New York magazine and The Cut writer Rebecca Traister received her fourth nomination in six years for her profile of Elizabeth Warren.

“This year’s finalists for the National Magazine Awards showcase an incredible range of innovative, inspiring journalism from 62 magazines and websites,” said Sid Holt, executive director of ASME. “Columbia and ASME join me in congratulating the many writers and editors nominated today—their work underscores the power of magazine journalism to entertain and challenge readers and listeners both in print and online.”

Established in 1966, the National Magazine Awards for Print and Digital Media 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-quality journalism published in any medium.

Two hundred forty-five national and regional publications entered the Ellie Awards this year, submitting 590 print, 531 digital and 133 multiplatform entries. New categories this year included Feature Design and Profile Writing, which previously existed from 2000 to 2012.

Winners receive “Ellies,” the elephant-shaped statuettes modeled on Alexander Calder’s stabile “Walking Elephant” that give the awards their name.

The 281 print- and digital-magazine editors, art directors, photo editors and journalism educators who judged the Ellies this year met in mid-January at the Columbia School of Journalism in New York City to choose the 2020 finalists.

Tickets to the 2020 Ellie Awards are now on sale. Ellie Awards ticket sales provide support for the Osborn Elliott Scholarship at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Named in honor of the former Newsweek editor, ASME president and Columbia Journalism School dean, the scholarship is awarded to students who intend to pursue careers in magazine journalism. To purchase tickets, email or call 212.938.1032.

Visit for more information about Ellie Awards 2020 honorees, including links to content.

National Magazine Awards 2020 Finalists

General Excellence, News, Sports and Entertainment

• The California Sunday Magazine

• ESPN The Magazine and ESPN Cover Story

• The Marshall Project

• New York

• The New York Times Magazine

General Excellence, Service and Lifestyle

• Bon Appétit

• Cosmopolitan

• National Geographic Traveler


• T: The New York Times Style Magazine

General Excellence, Special Interest

• Atlanta

• Audubon

• The Hollywood Reporter

• National Parks

• The Trace

General Excellence, Literature, Science and Politics

• Aperture

• Oxford American

• Quanta

• Stranger’s Guide

• Virginia Quarterly Review


• 1843

• Bon Appétit

• Fast Company

• GQ

• New York


• Aperture

• GQ

• National Geographic


• WSJ. The Wall Street Journal Magazine

Feature Design

• Bon Appétit for “The Hot 10: America’s Best New Restaurants 2019”

• National Geographic for “Countdown to a New Era in Space”

• National Geographic for “Vanishing”

• New York for “How to Major in Unicorn”

• Vox for “These 3 Supertrees Can Protect Us From Climate Collapse”

Feature Photography

• National Geographic for “The Immortal Corpse,” photographs by Lynn Johnson

• New York for “America Has a New National Pastime,” photographs by Martin Schoeller

• The New York Times Magazine for “Brothers, Sisters, Strangers,” photographs by Eli Baden-Lasar

• The New Yorker for “Ghost Towers,” photographs by Hashem Shakeri

• TIME for “A Harbinger of Things to Come,” photographs by Adam Ferguson


• Emergence

• The Marshall Project

• New York


• Vox

Digital Innovation

• The Believer with support from the Tran Thi Oanh Black Mountain Institute Fund for “Cabramatta,” by Matt Huynh

• Emergence in partnership with the Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival for “Language Keepers,” by Adam Loften and Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee

• The Marshall Project in partnership with the Guardian for “Detained,” by Emily Kassie

• National Geographic for “The Atlas of Moons”

• ProPublica in partnership with the Charleston Gazette-Mail for “A Guide to Every Permitted Natural Gas Well in West Virginia,” by Al Shaw, ProPublica, and Kate Mishkin, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Social Media

• Bon Appétit for “Thanksgiving”

• Mother Jones for “Disinformation”

• National Geographic for “Wildlife Tourism”

• The New Yorker for “Food”

• SELF for “Reproductive Healthcare”


• Gimlet for two episodes of “Reply All”: “Feral Hogs,” hosted by PJ Vogt, and “The Real Enemy,” hosted by PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman

• Longreads in partnership with Oregon Public Broadcasting for three episodes of “Bundyville: The Remnant”: “The Explosion,” “The Bomber” and “The Martyr”

• The New York Times Magazine for three episodes of “1619,” hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones: “The Fight for a True Democracy,” “The Economy That Slavery Built” and “The Birth of American Music”

• The New York Times Magazine for three episodes of “Still Processing,” hosted by Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham: “Yeehaw,” “Chappelle” and “Wake”

• ProPublica and WNYC for three episodes of “Trump, Inc.”: “How a Nigerian Presidential Candidate Hired a Trump Lobbyist and Ended Up in Trump’s Lobby,” hosted by Ilya Marritz and Meg Cramer; “Ukraine,” by Andrea Bernstein, Katie Zavadski, Jake Pearson and Ilya Marritz; and “The Diplomat, the Machers, and the Oligarch,” hosted by Ilya Marritz and Andrea Bernstein


• Bon Appétit with Condé Nast Entertainment for three episodes of “Gourmet Makes” with Claire Saffitz: “Pastry Chef Attempts to Make Gourmet Ferrero Rocher,” “Pastry Chef Attempts to Make Gourmet Hot Pockets” and “Pastry Chef Attempts to Make Gourmet Ruffles”

• National Geographic for “She Donated Her Body to Science, and Now She’ll Live Forever,” by Lynn Johnson

• The New Yorker for “A Line Birds Cannot See,” directed and produced by Amy Bench

• Topic for “Dieorama,” directed by Kevin Staake

• VICE News for “Outlaw Erections,” by Oliver Noble, Michael Shade and Jed Oelbaum

Single-Topic Issue

• Bloomberg Businessweek for “The Elements”

• MIT Technology Review for “The China Issue”

• National Geographic for “A World on the Move”

• Popular Science for “Make It Last”

• The Washington Post Magazine for “Prison”

Personal Service

• Audubon for “Start Here! Your Guide to Climate Action,” reporting and editing by Andrew Del-Colle, Breanna Draxler, Kevin Dupzyk, Rene Ebersole, Martha Harbison, Janet Marinelli, Andy McGlashen and Hannah Waters

• Cosmopolitan for “Your Non-Scary Guide to Going to Rehab,” by Andrea Stanley, and “How to Go to Rehab,” by Kiera Carter and Kaitlin Menza

• O, The Oprah Magazine for “The Agony and, Yes, the Ecstasy of Menopause,” by Robin Marantz Henig

• Philadelphia for “Ouch,” by Brian Howard, and “Win the War on Drugs,” by Gina Tomaine

• SELF for “Black Maternal Mortality”

Leisure Interests

• 5280 for “Sheer Beauty,” by Lindsey B. King

• Bon Appétit for “Absolutely Perfect,” by Alex Beggs, and “Making Perfect: Thanksgiving”

• New York for “The Great Pod Rush Has Only Just Begun”

• Texas Monthly for “Long Live Honky Tonks!” by Christian Wallace

• Whisky Advocate for “The World’s Greatest Whisky Cities”


• Fortune for “Epidemic of Fear,” by Erika Fry

• Mother Jones in partnership with Type Investigations for “Inside the US Marshals’ Secretive, Deadly Detention Empire,” by Seth Freed Wessler

• New York for “Before, and After, the Jogger,” by Sarah Weinman

• The New York Times Magazine in partnership with ProPublica for “False Witness,” by Pamela Colloff

• The Verge for two articles by Casey Newton: “The Trauma Floor” and “Bodies in Seats”

Feature Writing

• The Believer for “Las Marthas,” by Jordan Kisner

• Bloomberg Businessweek for “Vanillanomics,” by Monte Reel

• Harper’s Magazine for “Lost at Sea,” by Joe Kloc

• The New York Times Magazine for “All That Glitters,” by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

• The New York Times Magazine for “The Schoolteacher and the Genocide,” by Sarah A. Topol

• The New Yorker for “Unlike Any Other,” by Nick Paumgarten

• Texas Monthly for “Angels in East Texas,” by Wes Ferguson

Profile Writing

• The Georgia Review for “Jerry’s Dirt,” by Jacob Baynham

• New York for “Elizabeth Warren’s Classroom Strategy,” by Rebecca Traister

• New York for “Walking Time Bomb,” by Amy Wallace

• The New York Times Magazine for “Rick Steves Wants to Set You Free,” by Sam Anderson

• The New Yorker for “What Are You Laughing At?” by Vinson Cunningham

Essays and Criticism

• The Believer for “Good Shepherds,” by Meghan O’Gieblyn

• Pitchfork for three reviews by Rawiya Kameir: “Ariana Grande: ‘thank u, next,’” “Lizzo: ‘Cuz I Love You’” and “Kanye West: ‘Jesus Is King’”

• Poetry for “Tactile Art,” by John Lee Clark

• The Nation for “India: Intimations of an Ending,” by Arundhati Roy

• Virginia Quarterly Review for “The Ladder Up,” by Carina del Valle Schorske

Columns and Commentary

• Catapult for three columns by s.e. smith: “When Disability Is a Toxic Legacy,” “The Ugly Beautiful and Other Failings of Disability Representation” and “What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Mental Health and Medication”

• Foreign Policy for four articles from “Decoder”: “India Has a Mindset Problem,” by Ravi Agrawal; “Why Young Koreans Love to Splurge,” by Jeongmin Kim; “Repent for Your Frequent Flyer Miles!” by Peter Kuras; and “Ukrainian Corruption Is Trump’s Native Language,” by Marci Shore

• The New Yorker for three columns by Jia Tolentino: “Kanye West’s Sunday Service Is Full of Longing and Self-Promotion,” “Love, Death, and Begging for Celebrities to Kill You” and “E. Jean Carroll’s Accusation Against Donald Trump, and the Raising, and Lowering, of the Bar”

• T: The New York Times Style Magazine for three columns by Ligaya Mishan: “Nothing Sacred,” “An Assault on the Tongue” and “Interlopers”

• Texas Monthly for three columns by Sterry Butcher: “Lines Through the Sand,” “Thoughts on a Mixed-up Horse” and “Man of Letters”

Public Interest

• Consumer Reports for three articles by Rachel Rabkin Peachman: “Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play Sleeper Should Be Recalled, Consumer Reports Says,” “Decades-Old Law Hides Dangerous Products and Impedes Recalls” and “Inclined Sleeper Deaths Rise to 50 as Industry Continues to Sell the Products”

• The New York Times Magazine for “The 1619 Project”

• The New York Times Magazine for “The China Connection,” by Alex W. Palmer

• ProPublica for three articles from the series “Disaster in the Pacific”: “Fight the Ship,” by T. Christian Miller, Megan Rose and Robert Faturechi; “Blame Over Justice,” by Megan Rose; and “Faulty Equipment, Lapsed Training, Repeated Warnings,” by Robert Faturechi, Megan Rose and T. Christian Miller

• Texas Monthly and the Texas Tribune with support from the International Women’s Media Foundation’s Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists for “No Defense,” by Neena Satija

ASME Award for Fiction


The Paris Review for “Under the Ackee Tree,” by Jonathan Escoffery; “Foxes,” by Kimberly King Parsons; and “Howl Palace,” by Leigh Newman


• Ecotone for “Horse,” by Dawna Kemper; “Organ Cave,” by Mesha Maren; and “Waltz,” by Erin Somers

• The New Yorker for “Javi,” by Han Ong; “God’s Caravan,” by Tiphanie Yanique; and “The Trip,” by Weike Wang

• Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern for “Ghost Lover,” by Lisa Taddeo; “After the Birds,” by Ope Adedeji; and “The Woman in the Closet,” by Mimi Lok

• Zoetrope: All-Story for “24, Alhaji Williams Street,” by ’Pemi Aguda; “The Grotesques,” by Sarah Hall; and “Downstream,” by Thomas Pierce

ASME NEXT Awards for Journalists Under 30

The ASME NEXT Awards were established in 2016 to support the development of print and digital media by honoring magazine journalists of extraordinary promise.

ASME NEXT Awards 2020 Recipients

• Tyler Foggatt, Associate Editor, The New Yorker

• Jazmine Hughes, Staff Editor, The New York Times Magazine

• Miles Kohrman, Special Projects Editor, The Trace

• Natalie Krebs, Senior Editor, Outdoor Life and Field & Stream

• Sarah Esther Maslin, Brazil Correspondent, The Economist

Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame

The Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame was established in 1995 by the American Society of Magazine Editors to recognize the editorial achievements and career accomplishments of leading journalists.

Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame 2020 Honoree

David Granger

Award presented by Tom Junod

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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 for Print and Digital Media 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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