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For release after 10 p.m. June 1, 2015 
The Best of City and Regional Magazines

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Boston Magazine, Seattle Met and Memphis Magazine won the coveted general excellence awards in their circulation categories in the 30th Annual National City and Regional Magazine Awards competition announced June 1 at CRMA's annual conference in Dallas, Texas. 

Texas Monthly was a big winner this year, claiming seven prizes. Los Angeles Magazine scored four awards. 5280 (Denver), Boston Magazine, Chicago Magazine, Philadelphia Magazine, and Portland Monthly secured two awards each. Eleven other magazines — Baltimore Magazine, D Magazine, Houstonia Magazine, Indianapolis Monthly, Memphis Magazine, Pittsburgh Magazine, Rhode Island Monthly, San Antonio Magazine, Seattle Met, St. Louis Magazine and Washingtonian — won single awards.

Texas Monthly took top honors in four writing categories, including Excellence in Writing for its September issue. Sterry Butcher won the Column Writing category for deeply personal, relatable columns, while Pamela Colloff won the Feature Writing category for her rich portrait of a former Texas prison official. TM’s Michael Hall won Writer of the Year for his epic "Murders at the Lake" investigation, and for telling other illuminating stories with a voice that resonates. Texas Monthly also won three design categories: Designer of the Year for Brian Johnson’s eye-catching portraits, sophisticated typography and captivating photo illustrations, plus Spread Design and Feature Design. 

Los Angeles Magazine won in the categories of Reporting, Photography, Magazine Section, and Leisure and Lifestyle Interest. For Los Angeles’s Photography win, photographers scoured the city to get dynamic overnight shots, piecing together a Saturday night in L.A. To win the Reporting category, L.A.'s Celeste Fremon got behind the "blue curtain" of the brutal and corrupt LA Sheriff's Department in "Downfall." In addition to Boston Magazine's General Excellence win, the magazine's Jennifer Roberts won the Essays and Commentary category for "One of Us," a story about her experience growing up surrounded by fierce Irish pride and mob violence. 5280 (Denver) won the Reader Service category for "Everyday Environmentalists," and writer Robert Sanchez won the magazine its second award, in Profile Writing, for a meticulously reported story of stolen hope called "The Rise and Fall (And Rise and Fall) of Terrance Roberts."

Philadelphia Magazine won awards for Excellence in Design and Blog Column, the latter for Joel Mathis' News & Opinion blog, an up-close look at the issues delivered with straight talk. David Bernstein and Noah Isackson of Chicago Magazine took home the Civic Journalism category for a deep investigation into misleading Chicago violent-crime statistics. Chicago also won the Excellence Online category for Portland Monthly took home a pair of awards in the Ancillary publications categories, winning Home/Shelter for Portland Monthly Design Annual and Weddings for Portland Bride & Groom.

Seattle Met and Memphis Magazine won for General Excellence in their circulation categories. Houstonia Magazine's Michael Hardy won Arts & Culture Writing for his forays into local stories with a larger significance. In Food or Dining Writing, Washingtonian's Todd Kliman scored the win for his lively, intelligent writing. San Antonio Magazine took the Cover Excellence category. Baltimore Magazine won Food or Dining Feature Package for its manual of an iconic local dish, "A Dummy's Guide to Crabs." The Special Issue award went to St. Louis Magazine for its look at local race relations in the aftermath of Ferguson. Indianapolis Monthly won Ancillary General Interest for "The Ticket," a service-oriented guide to entertainment. Rhode Island Monthly took home the E-newsletter category, D Magazine won Multiplatform Storytelling, and Pittsburgh Magazine scored the Digital Innovation award. 

More than 100 judges selected the finalists. They included representatives from publications such as AARP the Magazine, Advertising Age, Atavist, Better Homes and Gardens, Country Gardens, Discover Magazine, Eater, ELLE, Entertainment Weekly, ESPN The Magazine, Esquire, EveryDay with Rachel Ray, Family Circle, Fast Company, Food Network Magazine, Harvard Business Review, HDTV Magazine, Marie Claire, Martha Stewart Weddings, Men’s Health, National Geographic, New York Magazine, O, The Oprah Magazine, Outside, Oxford American, Outdoor Life, People, Politico, Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, Rolling Stone, Runner’s World, Scientific American, Saveur, Self, Southern Living, Sports Illustrated, Taste of Home, The Atlantic, The New Republic, The New Yorker, Town & Country, Vanity Fair, Village Voice Media and the Washington Post, as well as journalism professors from the Missouri School of Journalism. 

The competition is open to members of CRMA and other city and regional magazines throughout North America that qualify. The contest is a 30-year-old national competition and has been coordinated by the University of Missouri School of Journalism on behalf of CRMA for 19 years.

For more information, contact Contest Coordinator Kimberly Townlain, University of Missouri, 320 Lee Hills Hall, Columbia, MO 65211 (573-884-1869) or CRMA Executive Director C. James Dowden, 2512 Artesia Blvd, Ste 200, Redondo Beach, CA 90278 310-379-8261. 

The 2015 nominees and winners (• listed first in bold) include:

General Excellence 1

• Memphis Magazine
Louisville Magazine
Madison Magazine
Martha’s Vineyard Magazine
Sonoma Magazine

General Excellence 2

• Seattle Met
HOUR Detroit
Indianapolis Monthly
Portland Monthly
St. Louis Magazine

General Excellence 3

• Boston Magazine
5280 (Denver)
Los Angeles Magazine
Philadelphia Magazine
Texas Monthly


• Boston Magazine

Jennifer Roberts
"One of us" 
Orange Coast Magazine Martin J. Smith
"So Far, So Good" 
Rhode Island Monthly Ann Hood
"Cresting the Dunes" 
Seattle Met Matthew Halverson
"This Must Be the Place"
Washingtonian Asra Q. Nomani
"This is Danny Pearl’s Final Story"

Feature Story

• Texas Monthly Pamela Colloff
"The Witness" 
Los Angeles Magazine Jesse Katz
Philadelphia Magazine Jason Fagone
"Grief In the Age of Paranoia" 
Seattle Met Brooke Jarvis
Seattle Met James Ross Gardner
"The Trouble With Shaken Baby Syndrome"

Arts & Culture Writing

• Houstonia Magazine Michael Hardy
"Brush With Fate"
"One Ring to Rule Them All"
"A Gathering Storm"
D Magazine Peter Simek
"Distilled Life"
"Culture Shock"
"Scenes From a Mall"
Los Angeles Magazine Steve Erickson   
"Blood Work"
"Stop the Press"
Texas Monthly Stephen Harrigan
"Dreaming in the Dark"
"Before the McConaissance"
"A Double Date With Leatherface"


• 5280 (Denver) Robert Sanchez
"The Rise and Fall (and Rise and Fall) of
Terrance Roberts"
Los Angeles Magazine Bill Jensen
"The Secret Life of Johnny Lewis"
Philadelphia Magazine Simon van Zuylen-Wood
"Jon Gosselin in the Wilderness"
St. Louis Magazine Jeannette Cooperman
"Will or Grace"
Texas Monthly Bryan Mealer
"Harvester Good"


• Texas Monthly Sterry Butcher
"Home Making"
"Cat Power"
"Wild in the Streets"
Cincinnati Magazine Bob Woodiwiss
"The Observer–Culture Clubbed"
"Crime and Whateverment"
"Faith Values"
Indianapolis Monthly Deborah Paul
"Modern Family"
"War Torn"
"Class Dismissed"
Memphis Magazine Vance Lauderdale
"Looney Zoo"
"One-Armed Wonder"
"Julius Lewis"
Pittsburgh Magazine

Virginia Montanez
"PittGirl's Last Laugh" (June, August,


• Los Angeles Magazine Celeste Fremon
Boston Magazine Susan Zalkind
"The Murders Before the Marathon"
Houstonia Magazine John Nova Lomax
"Justice Undone"
Texas Monthly Michael Hall
"The Murders at the Lake"
Washingtonian Patrick Hruby
"Can a Better Helmet Save Your Kid's Brain?"

Food or Dining Writing

• Washingtonian Todd Kliman
"Hot Ticket"
"Bigger But Not Better"
"Country Time"
Atlanta Magazine Bill Addison
"A Fried Chicken Manifesto"
"Where Southern Meets Seoul"
"Shake it Up"
Boston Magazine Jolyon Helterman
"Wanted: Dead or Alive"
"Now We’re Cooking With Grass"
"Smooth Saline"
Orange Coast Magazine Gretchen Kurz
"Fig & Olive"
"Selanne Steak Tavern"
"O.C.’s Top 10 Restaurants"
Yankee Magazine Amy Traverso
"Galeria Umberto"
"Shady Glen"
"The Pleasure is Yours"

Excellence in Writing

• Texas Monthly September
Atlanta Magazine June
Los Angeles Magazine November
Philadelphia Magazine July
Washingtonian February

Excellence in Design

• Philadelphia Magazine September
Boston Magazine November
Houstonia Magazine February
Los Angeles Magazine November
Washingtonian June


• Los Angeles Magazine "Saturday Night in L.A."
Baltimore Magazine "Still of the Night"
Boston Magazine "Boston After Dark"
D Magazine "The Dallas 40"
Texas Monthly "Bloodless Sport"

Spread Design

• Texas Monthly "Confessions of a Fat Bastard"
Cincinnati Magazine "Cincinnati Kid: Jeff Ruby"
Philadelphia Magazine "The Conspiracy Theorist"
Philadelphia Magazine "Jon Gosselin in the Wilderness"
Texas Monthly "He Ain't Going Nowhere"

Cover Excellence

• San Antonio Magazine June, August, November
Atlanta Magazine April, June, July
Cincinnati Magazine June, August, November
Los Angeles Magazine July, October, November
Philadelphia Magazine February, May, November

Feature Design

• Texas Monthly "The Last Ride of King George"
Cincinnati Magazine "The Best New Restaurants"
Los Angeles Magazine "Best of L.A."
Los Angeles Magazine "The '80s"
Texas Monthly "The Murders at the Lake"

Magazine Section

• Los Angeles Magazine "Buzz"
Chicago Magazine "Dining"
Cincinnati Magazine "Dine"
Indianapolis Monthly "Circle City"
Texas Monthly "Reporter"

Reader Service

• 5280 (Denver) "Everyday Environmentalists"
Chicago Magazine "Best Places to Live"
Cincinnati Magazine "How Cincy Are You?"
Indianapolis Monthly "Let's Get Down to Business"
Pittsburgh Magazine "Newcomer's Guide"

Leisure/Lifestyle Interests

• Los Angeles Magazine "50 Things Every Angelino Must Do"
Cincinnati Magazine "Holy Donuts! It's Festival Season"
Indianapolis Monthly "Little Homestead in the City"
Los Angeles Magazine "A Field Guide to L.A.'s Mountains"
Texas Monthly "Let's Go Wild"

Food or Dining Feature Package

• Baltimore Magazine "A Dummy's Guide to Crabs"
Cincinnati Magazine "The Pursuit of Hoppiness"
Indianapolis Monthly "Best New Breweries"
Los Angeles Magazine "Dining After Dark"
Washingtonian "The New Rules of Dining Out"

Civic Journalism

• Chicago Magazine David Bernstein & Noah Isackson
"The Truth About Crime in Chicago"

D Magazine Wick Allison
"The Next Dallas Boom"
Los Angeles Magazine Mike Kessler
"Gone Girls"
Madison Magazine Pat Dillon
"A Kid at the Crossroads"
Texas Monthly Nate Blakeslee
"Who Will Watch the Watchers?"

Special Issue

• St. Louis Magazine "November"
5280 (Denver) "The Environment Issue"
Cincinnati Magazine "Family Ties"
Down East: The Magazine of Maine "Why We Hunt"
Portland Monthly "100 Reasons to Love Portland"

Ancillary: Home/Shelter 

• Portland Monthly Portland Monthly Design Annual
5280 (Denver) 5280 Home
Boston Magazine Boston Home
D Magazine D Home
Mpls. St. Paul Magazine Mpls. St. Paul Home & Design

Ancillary: Weddings

• Portland Monthly Portland Bride & Groom
Boston Magazine Boston Weddings
Philadelphia Magazine Philadelphia Wedding
Seattle Met Seattle Met Bride & Groom
Washingtonian Washingtonian Bride & Groom 

Ancillary: General Interest

• Indianapolis Monthly The Ticket
5280 (Denver) Traveler 2014
Columbus Monthly City Guide
Honolulu Magazine Honolulu Shops
Washingtonian Washingtonian MOM

Excellence Online

• Chicago Magazine
Boston Magazine
D Magazine
Los Angeles Magazine
St. Louis Magazine

Blog Column

• Philadelphia Magazine JoeMathis
News & Opinion
Chicago Magazine Whet Moser
The 312's
D Magazine Peter Simek
New Orleans Magazine Eve Crawford Peyton
Joie D'Eve
Pittsburgh Magazine Sean Conboy
Pulling No Punches


• Rhode Island Monthly The Dish
Chicago Magazine Dish
Los Angeles Magazine The Short Stack
Portland Monthly Eat Beat
Seattle Met Nosh Pit News

Multiplatform Storytelling

• D Magazine "The Dallas 40"
5280 (Denver) "Welcome to Globeville"
Baltimore Magazine "Museum Ours"

Digital Innovation

• Pittsburgh Magazine

Writer of the Year

• Texas Monthly Michael Hall
5280 (Denver) Robert Sanchez
D Magazine Michael J. Mooney
Philadelphia Magazine Robert Huber
Philadelphia Magazine Simon van Zuylen-Wood

Designer of the Year

• Texas Monthly Brian Johnson
Atlanta Magazine Liz Noftle
Los Angeles Magazine Annie Hong
Philadelphia Magazine Michael Wilson
Texas Monthly Andi Beierman