Winners of City and Regional Magazine Awards named

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Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Texas Monthly magazines were the top winners, each earning five awards. Texas Monthly won the Civic Journalism award for Pamela Colloff’s “Innocence Lost,” a story about the wrongful conviction of Anthony Graves for the murder of six family members. The piece led to Graves’ release. More winners are in the press release.

Press release

Texas Monthly, Portland Monthly and Memphis magazines won the coveted general excellence awards in their circulation categories in the 26th Annual National City and Regional Magazine Awards competition announced May 2 at CRMA’s annual conference in Chicago, IL.

Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Texas Monthly magazines were the top winners, each earning five awards. Chicago and Minnesota Monthly magazines also won multiple prizes, each with two awards. Eight other magazines — 417 (Springfield MO), Atlanta, B-Metro (Birmingham, AL), Boston, Cincinnati, Columbus Monthly, Evansville Living and The Washingtonian — won single awards.

Texas Monthly captured the Civic Journalism award for Pamela Colloff’s “Innocence Lost.” The story, about the wrongful conviction of Anthony Graves for the murder of six family members, led to Graves’ release. Texas also won for its 50-page report on how to solve the thorny immigration issue, as well as for Excellence in Writing and Multimedia. Among its prizes, Philadelphia was recognized for “Savior of the City,” Sandy Hingston’s profile of journalist Buzz Bissinger, for a feature story about the metamorphosis of a mob hitman and for Writer of the Year (Robert Huber). Los Angeles’ Steven Banks took home the Designer of the Year award. Los Angeles was also honored for Criticism, Columns, Excellence in Design and E-Newsletter. The Reporting award went to Atlanta magazine for its story on assisted suicide, and Chicago took home the prize for Excellence Online.

Two small-market magazines – 417 (Springfield, MO) and B-Metro (Birmingham, AL) were first- time winners. 417 was recognized in the leisure lifestyle category for its "Asian Food Lovers' Guide" and B-Metro magazine in photography for “The Mythic Backyard,” Liesa Cole’s images that explore childlike exploration and wonder.

More than 85 judges representing publications such as Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, The American Prospect, Sports Illustrated, Good Housekeeping, Fitness, Taste of Home, Budget Travel, Men’s Health, The New York Times, Bon Appétit, ESPN The Magazine, National Geographic Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Whole Living Magazine, Outdoor Life, Country Gardens, and USA Weekend, and journalism professors from the Missouri School of Journalism selected the finalists.

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.


General Excellence I (circulation fewer than 30,000)

• Memphis Magazine

General Excellence II (circulation of 30,000 to 60,000)

• Portland Monthly

General Excellence III (circulation more than 60,000)

• Texas Monthly


• Los Angeles Magazine, Steve Erickson

Food or Dining Writing

• Minnesota Monthly, Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl


• Los Angeles Magazine, Mark Lacter


• Atlanta Magazine, Charles Bethea

Personality Profile

• Philadelphia Magazine, Sandy Hingston

Feature Story

• Philadelphia Magazine, Ralph Cipriano

Writer of the Year

• Philadelphia Magazine, Robert Huber

Excellence in Writing

• Texas Monthly

Spread Design

• Minnesota Monthly

Feature Design

• Philadelphia Magazine


• Boston Magazine


• B-Metro Magazine


• Cincinnati Magazine

Designer of the Year

• Los Angeles Magazine, Steven Banks

Excellence in Design

• Los Angeles Magazine

Reader Service

• Philadelphia Magazine, "Eat! (Cheap, But Well)"

Leisure/Lifestyle Interests

• 417 Magazine, "Asian Food Lovers' Guide"

Civic Journalism

• Texas Monthly, "Innocence Lost"

Special Issue

• Texas Monthly

Excellence Online

• Chicago Magazine

Blog Column

• Chicago Magazine


• Los Angeles Magazine, Online This Week


• Texas Monthly

  • Jim Romenesko

    From 1999 to 2011, Jim Romenesko maintained the Romenesko page for the Poynter Institute, a Florida-based non-profit school for journalists. Poynter hired him in August of 1999, after seeing his, a hobby site he started in May of 1999.


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