Friday, May 1, 2009

Winners Announced for the 44th Annual National Magazine Awards

1 May 2009 15:02 Africa/Lagos

Winners Announced for the 44th Annual National Magazine Awards

NEW YORK, May 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) presented the industry's most prestigious editorial honors last night at the 44th annual National Magazine Awards. The gala, which took place April 30 in New York City, celebrated 26 winners across 20 categories. Named after the Alexander Calder stabile "Elephant," the 2009 "Ellies" drew 1,707 entries from more than 350 print and online magazines.

Celebrity presenters included NBC Late Night's Jimmy Fallon, Arrested Development's Will Arnett, Ugly Betty exec producer Silvio Horta and cast member Becki Newton ("Amanda"), "hardcore troubadour" Steve Earle and Calvin Klein creative director Francisco Costa.

Legendary magazine editors Tina Brown, Graydon Carter, Jann Wenner and Anna Wintour paid tribute to photographer Annie Leibovitz, whose iconic portraits have graced magazines like Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and Vogue.

The 2009 National Magazine Award winners:

General Excellence
-- Reader's Digest (over 2,000,000 circ)
-- Field & Stream (1,000,000 to 2,000,000 circ)
-- Wired (500,000 to 1,000,000 circ)
-- Texas Monthly (250,000 to 500,000 circ)
-- Foreign Policy (100,000 to 250,000 circ)
-- Print (under 100,000 circ)
Single-topic Issue: Saveur
Magazine Section: Wired
Reporting: The New York Times Magazine
Public Interest: Bicycling
Feature Writing: Esquire
Profile Writing: Rolling Stone
Essays: Backpacker
Columns and Commentary: Automobile
Reviews and Criticism: The New Yorker
Fiction: The New Yorker
Personal Service: Esquire
Leisure Interests: Esquire
Design: Wired
Photography: GQ
Photojournalism: National Geographic
Photo Portfolio: The New Yorker

General Excellence Online
-- (less than 1 million uniques)
-- (1 million uniques and above)

Personal Service Online:
Interactive Feature: AARP The Magazine Online

Backpacker, Esquire, The New Yorker and Wired each won three Ellies. AARP The Magazine, Automobile, Field & Stream and The New York Times Magazine each took home their first award. Reader's Digest took home its first General Excellence award.

For highlights from the awards gala along with links to winning magazines, features and articles, visit

The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) is a non-profit professional organization for editors of print and online magazines which are edited, published and distributed in the U.S. Established in 1963, ASME currently has about 850 members nationwide. Among other things, ASME works to preserve editorial independence and speaks out on public policy issues, particularly those pertaining to the First Amendment.

Source: American Society of Magazine Editors

CONTACT: Cristina Dinozo of ASME, +1-212-872-3731,

Web Site:

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