National Geographic also won the Single-Topic Issue award. Other two-award winners were Los Angeles; New York; and New York Times Magazine. Lucia Moses points out that The New Yorker, which usually wins multiple awards, got just one this year — for Public Interest. Moses writes:
There were other surprises that will leave some people disappointed. The biggest, no doubt, is that Rolling Stone didn’t take home the prize for an article by Michael Hastings that led to the resignation of Gen. Stanley McChrystal.
GQ won for design, snapping Wired’s (and ex-creative director Scott Dadich’s) three-year winning streak; W, under new-ish editor in chief Stefano Tonchi, won for photography; The New Yorker received its only award, for public interest with a story by Atul Gawande (despite nine nominations), and, in one of the more emotional victories, Vanity Fair won for columns and commentary, for three columns by Christopher Hitchens, who recently wrote about his lost voice due to cancer.
Keith J. Kelly says Harper’s pulled an upset win for excellence in reporting over the heavily favored Rolling Stone and perennial winner The New Yorker. (Matt Kinsman tweets from the ceremony and Hamilton Nolan relives it. )