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Feb. 11, 2011
City & Regional Magazine Awards
2011 finalists announced

Magazine professionals from around the country chose 143 finalists representing 35 publications in the 26-year-old National City and Regional Magazine Association’s awards competition. Magazines of varying circulations competed in 29 categories, including editorial, design, online and ancillary publications. Judges named five finalists in most categories and will choose one ultimate winner in each. The awards for work completed in 2010 will be announced at the CRMA 35th Annual Conference April 30-May 2 at The Drake Hotel in Chicago, IL.

The categories and finalists (also posted on CRMA's website) are:



D Magazine                                         Willard Spiegelman

                                                                                “Bittersweet Symphony”

                                                                                “Out With the Old”

                                                                                “Critic as Booster”

Los Angeles Magazine                    Steve Erickson

                                                                                “Fatal Attraction”

                                                                                “Darkness Visible”

                                                                                “Modern Maturity”

Milwaukee Magazine                       Tom Bamberger

                                                                                “Raising the Bar”

                                                                                “Radical Fun”

                                                                                “Driving Lessons”

Orange Coast Magazine                   Preston Lerner     

                                                                                “Crash Dummies”

                                                                                “Seeing Red”

                                                                                “The Cool Cruiser”

Texas Monthly                                    Christopher Kelly

                                                                                “Stop the Blitz”

                                                                                “Life Cycle”

                                                                                “This is Series Business”


Food or Dining Writing

Chicago Magazine                               Jeff Ruby

                                                                                “Piece Offerings”

                                                                                “Secrets of Their Success”

                                                                                “From Goat to Hero”

Minnesota Monthly                           Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl

                                                                                “Best Barbecue”

                                                                                “Small Wonder”

                                                                                “The Kids Are All Right”

Portland Monthly                               Karen Brooks

                                                                                “Pod Perfection”

                                                                                “2010 Best Restaurants”

                                                                                “Little Big Buzz”

Rhode Island Monthly                     Karen Deutsch    

                                                                                “Dining Out: Cook & Brown Public House”

                                                                                “Cheap Eats!”

                                                                                “Rise & Shine”

Washingtonian                                     Todd Kliman

                                                                                “Hi, I’ll be Your Server Tonight”

                                                                                “Mix Masters”

                                                                                “Thinking Big”


Boston Magazine                                Eileen McNamara

                                                                                “Ill Wind”

                                                                                “Bad Medicine”

                                                                                “The Getaway”

Chicago Magazine                              Jeff Ruby

                                                                                “The Deep Dish I Knew”

                                                                                “Hit Parade”

                                                                                “Justice is Bland”

Los Angeles Magazine                       Anne Taylor Fleming

                                                                                “Foul Territory”

                                                                                “Child of L.A.”

                                                                                “Love Struck”

Los Angeles Magazine                       Mark Lacter

                                                                                “What Gives?”

                                                                                “Home Wrecker”

                                                                                “The Well Runs Dry”

Philadelphia Magazine                       Sandy Hingston

                                                                                “The End of My Leash”

                                                                                “A Clean Sweep”

                                                                               “Moving Day”


5280 Magazine                                    Maximillian Potter

                                                                                “Power Broken”

Atlanta Magazine                               Charles Bethea

                                                                                “Final Exit”

D Magazine                                          Laray Polk

                                                                                “Dallas’ Evil Genius”

Texas Monthly                                    Skip Hollandsworth

                                                                                “That’s Oil, Folks!”

Washingtonian                                     Shane Harris

                                                                                “Own the Sky”


Personality Profile

Chicago Magazine                              Robert Sharoff

                                                                                “Reconstructing Harry Weese”

Los Angeles Magazine                       Dave Gardetta

                                                                                “Tough Sell”

Philadelphia Magazine                       Sandy Hingston

                                                                                “A Savior For the City”

Rhode Island Monthly                       Mark Arsenault

                                                                                “His Father’s Son”

Texas Monthly                                    Katy Vine

                                                                                “I Believe I Can Fry”


 Feature Story

5280 Magazine                                    Lindsey Koehler


Atlanta Magazine                              Thomas Lake

                                                                                “The Golden Boy”

Chicago Magazine                             Bryan Smith

                                                                                “The Long Fall”

Philadelphia Magazine                       Ralph Cipriano

                                                                                “The Hitman”

Texas Monthly                                    Michael Hall

                                                                                “The Soul of a Man”


Writer of the Year

Atlanta Magazine                            Thomas Lake

Chicago Magazine                           Bryan Smith

Indianapolis Monthly                     Tony Rehagen

Philadelphia Magazine                    Robert Huber

Texas Monthly                                 Pamela Colloff


Excellence in Writing

5280 Magazine                                    December

Chicago Magazine                              May

Philadelphia Magazine                       December

Texas Monthly                                    September

Yankee Magazine                                July/August


Spread Design

Atlanta Magazine                                               “Mother Nature’s Daddy”

Indianapolis Monthly                                         “The Pillar”

Minnesota Monthly                                            “UP North”

Philadelphia Magazine                                         “Head-On Collision”

Texas Monthly                                                       “Innocence Lost”


Feature Design

Birmingham Magazine                                         “We Make Birmingham”

Indianapolis Monthly                                         “Best Restaurants”

Los Angles Magazine                                         “Into California’s Vast and Wild and Wonderful Desert”

Minnesota Monthly                                            “Unsolved Mysteries”

Philadelphia Magazine                                           “High Times”



Boston Magazine

Cleveland Magazine                                                          

Honolulu Magazine



5280 Magazine                                    “Wing Men”

                                                                                Tyler Stableford

B-metro Magazine                             “The Mythic Backyard”

                                                                                Robin Colter

Indianapolis Monthly                       “Home Courts”

                                                                                Tony Valainis

Los Angeles Magazine                       “Wind Fall”

                                                                                Lisa Lewis

Yankee Magazine                               “Maine Costal Odyssey”

                                                                                Richard Schultz


5280 Magazine                                    August

Cincinnati Magazine                           December

Los Angeles Magazine                       August

Seattle Metropolitan                           July

Texas Monthly                                    August


Designer of the Year

5280 Magazine                                    David McKenna

Cincinnati Magazine                          Grace Saunders

Diablo Magazine                                 Roger Gurbani

Los Angeles Magazine                       Steven Banks

Los Angeles Magazine                       Lisa Lewis


Excellence in Design

5280 Magazine                                      October

Cincinnati Magazine                          November

Los Angeles Magazine                       November

Seattle Metropolitan                           December

Texas Monthly                                    November


Reader Service

Indianapolis Monthly                        “Sell Your House Fast”

Los Angeles Magazine                       “The Shortest Route to Happy”

Philadelphia Magazine                       “Eat! (Cheap, But Well)”

Portland Monthly                              “20/20 Vision”

Washingtonian                                     “Stress”


Leisure/Lifestyle Interests

417 Magazine                                       “Asian Food Lovers’ Guide”

5280 Magazine                                    “The 5280 Football Preview”

Chicago Magazine                              “40 Reasons to Love Chicago”

Los Angeles Magazine                       “Lunch in LA”

Portland Monthly                                 “Food Cart City”


Civic Journalism

5280 Magazine                                    “The Education of Ms. Barsallo”

5280 Magazine                                    “Unwanted”

Chicago Magazine                              “The Insider”

St. Louis Magazine                            “Tough Kids Turning”

Texas Monthly                                    “Innocence Lost”


Special Issue

Chicago Magazine                               December

D Magazine                                          April

D Magazine                                          January

Los Angeles Magazine                       December

Texas Monthly                                    November


Ancillary Publication I

Columbus Monthly                             Columbus Bride

Evansville Living                                 Evansville Business

Inside Columbia                                  CEO

Martha’s Vineyard Magazine           Island Weddings

Memphis Magazine                           MBQ Memphis Business Quarterly


Ancillary Publication II

Boston Magazine                                 Home

MPLS St. Paul                                      Weddings

Philadelphia Magazine                       Wedding Spring/Summer

Seattle Metropolitan                            Bride & Groom

Washingtonian                                     Bride & Groom


Community Service Project

Chicago Magazine                               Action Figures

Evansville Living                                 Indiana Preservationist

Inside Columbia                                  Inside Columbia’s Wine & Food Festival 2010

St. Louis Magazine                            Excellence in Nursing

St. Louis Magazine                            Fever Fashion Show Fall 2010


Excellence Online

Atlanta Magazine                   

Chicago Magazine                   

D Magazine                              

Philadelphia Magazine             

Texas Monthly                          


Blog Column

Atlanta Magazine                             Field Notes

Chicago Magazine                           Felsenthal Files

Cleveland Magazine                        Cleveland Magazine Politics

Philadelphia Magazine                    The Philly Post

Seattle Metropolitan                       Sauced



Chicago Magazine                              Chicago Guide

Chicago Magazine                               Domestica

Los Angeles Magazine                       Online This Week

Philadelphia Magazine                       The Weekender

What’s Up? Annapolis                       Food Flash



MPLS St. Paul

Portland Monthly

Texas Monthly


Yankee Magazine


General Excellence I

Berkshire Living

Honolulu Magazine

Madison Magazine

Main Line Today

Memphis Magazine


General Excellence II

Cincinnati Magazine

Milwaukee Magazine

Portland Monthly

Seattle Metropolitan

St. Louis Magazine


General Excellence III

5280 Magazine

Chicago Magazine

Los Angeles Magazine

Texas Monthly

Yankee Magazine


Topping the list with 10 or more nominations were 5280 (Denver), Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Texas Monthly magazines. Magazines with at least five nominations include Atlanta, D Magazine, Indianapolis Monthly, Portland Monthly, Seattle Metropolitan and Washingtonian. Receiving at least three nominations were Boston, Cincinnati, Minnesota Monthly, St. Louis and Yankee magazines. Judges also recognized a number of small and mid-size circulation publications such as Cleveland, Evansville Living, Honolulu, Inside Columbia, Memphis, Milwaukee, MPLS St. Paul and Rhode Island Monthly, each with two nominations. Eleven other magazines received one nomination each

The competition is open to members of CRMA and other city and regional magazines throughout North America that qualify. The contest is a 26-year-old national competition and has been coordinated by the University of Missouri School of Journalism on behalf of CRMA for the past 15 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, 1970 East Grand Ave., Suite 330, El Segundo, CA 90245 (310-364-0193).

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