National Magazine Awards 2014 Winners Announced

Bon Appétit, National Geographic, New York and The New Yorker Top Winners; Graydon Carter Honored

The winners of the 2014 National Magazine Awards were announced tonight at the annual awards presentation at the New York Marriott Marquis. Fast Company was named Magazine of the YearBon Appétit and National Geographic both won two awards; New York won three; and The New Yorker won four. Two magazines won National Magazine Awards for the first time: Cosmopolitan, which debuted as a women’s magazine in 1965, and Modern Farmer, founded just last year.

The American Society of Magazine Editors is the principal organization for magazine journalists in the United States. The membersellieBW_0 of ASME include the editorial leaders of most major consumer and business magazines published in print and on digital platforms. Founded in 1963, ASME works to defend the First Amendment, protect editorial independence and support the development of journalism. ASME sponsors the National Magazine Awards in association with the Columbia Journalism School and publishes the ASME Guidelines for Editors and Publishers.

This year’s awards demonstrated not only the enduring power of some of our best known titles but also showcased the exciting stories and compelling images to be found in new print and digital publications,” said Sid Holt, chief executive of the American Society of Magazine Editors, which sponsors the awards. “Whether it’s the reporting in TIME, the feature writing in The New Yorker, the service journalism in O, The Oprah Magazine or the digital magic of National Geographic, the National Magazine Awards showed once again why 91 percent of American adults read magazine media regularly.”

Known as the Ellies, for the Alexander Calder stabile “Elephant” given to each winner, the 2014 awards dinner was attended by 600 magazine media editors and publishers and was hosted by Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, the co-hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” Sixty-six magazines were honored as finalists in 24 categories, and 17 magazines won awards.

Among the notable award winners were TIME, which won its third National Magazine Award for Public Interest for Steven Brill’s 24,000-word investigation of health-care costs, “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us”; Bloomberg Businessweek, which won the Single-Topic Issue award for the magazine’s examination of the 2008 financial crisis, “Five Years From the Brink”; and W, which won the Feature Photography award for the second year in a row for Tim Walker’s photo portfolio, “Stranger Than Paradise,” featuring Tilda Swinton.

A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame Award to one of the best-known and most influential journalists in America, Graydon Carter, the editor of Vanity Fair since 1992 and the founder, with Kurt Andersen and Tom Phillips, of the now-legendary magazine Spy. Carter was introduced by the long-time managing editor of TIME, Jim Kelly, whose own work received a National Magazine Award for General Excellence in 2006. The actor Jon Hamm also appeared in a wry video to read Carter’s low-key statement of thanks.

Established in 1966, the National Magazine Awards are sponsored by ASME in association with the Columbia Journalism School. More than 250 publications entered the National Magazine Awards this year, submitting 1,586 entries. The judges included 333 magazine editors, art directors and photography editors as well as journalism educators.

National Magazine Awards 2014 Winners

General Excellence

General Interest 
Honors magazines covering politics, business, technology, sports and entertainment

New York          

Adam Moss, Editor in Chief

September 16, November 18 and December 9 Print and iPad Editions

Service and Lifestyle

Honors magazines covering family, the home, food, fashion and relationships


Peggy Northrop, Editor in Chief

September, October and December

Style and Design

Honors magazines covering fashion, decorating, dining, entertaining and travel

Bon Appétit                

Adam Rapoport, Editor in Chief

January, July and September

Active Interest

Honors magazines covering active sports, outdoor recreation and health and fitness

Field & Stream      

Anthony Licata, Editor in Chief

May, June and December 2013/January 2014

Special Interest

Honors magazines serving highly defined reader communities


Eric Schurenberg, President and Editor

June, September and December 2013/January 2014

Literature, Science and Politics

Honors smaller-circulation general-interest magazines as well as publications covering the arts


Christian Wiman, Editor for February and September Print Editions and June Print and iPad Editions

Don Share, Editor for November and December iPad Editions


Honors overall excellence in print magazine design

New York   

Adam Moss, Editor in Chief

Thomas Alberty, Design Director

April 8, May 20 and September 16


Honors overall excellence in print magazine photography

Bon Appétit  

Adam Rapoport, Editor in Chief
Alex Grossman, Creative Director

Alex Pollack, Photo Director

July, September and December

Single-Topic Issue

Honors print magazines that have devoted a single issue to the comprehensive examination of one subject

Bloomberg Businessweek         

Josh Tyrangiel, Editor

 “Five Years From the Brink”

September 16-22

Magazine Section

Honors front- or back-of-the-book departments or sections regularly published in print

Modern Farmer           

Ann Marie Gardner, Chief Executive Officer and Editor in Chief

“Modern Farmer Handbook”

Spring, Fall and Winter

Personal Service

Honors the use of print to serve readers’ needs and aspirations


Joanna Coles, Editor in Chief

“Your Cosmo Guide to Contraception”


Leisure Interests

Honors the use of print to provide practical information about recreational activities and special interests

O, The Oprah Magazine      

Oprah Winfrey, Founder and Editorial Director

Lucy Kaylin, Editor in Chief

“Hair Extravaganza!”



Honors magazine websites and digital-only magazines

New York  

Adam Moss, Editor in Chief

Ben Williams, Editorial Director,

Tablet Magazine

Honors magazines published on tablets and e-readers, including digital-only magazines

National Geographic

Chris Johns, Editor in Chief

August, October and November iPad Editions


Honors digital storytelling and the integration of magazine media

National Geographic                  

Chris Johns, Editor in Chief

The Last Chase,” by Robert Draper

November Print and iPad Editions


Honors the outstanding use of video by magazine websites and digital-only magazines


Cynthia Leive, Editor in Chief

Confronting Cancer: BRCA1 & BRCA2 Gene Mutations,” October 9, “Recovery: Meds. And Love,” October 23, and “Life Post-Surgery: Back on Stage,” October 30, from “Screw You Cancer” series

Public Interest

Honors magazine journalism that illuminates issues of national importance


Rick Stengel, Managing Editor

Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us,” by Steven Brill

March 4


Honors reporting excellence as exemplified by one article or a series of articles     

The New York Times Magazine     

Hugo Lindgren, Editor in Chief

The Dream Boat,” by Luke Mogelson

Photographs by Joel van Houdt

November 17

Feature Writing

Honors original, stylish storytelling

The New Yorker      

David Remnick, Editor

Pamela Maffei McCarthy, Deputy Editor

A Loaded Gun,” by Patrick Radden Keefe

February 11 & 18

Feature Photography

Honors the use of original photography in a feature story, photo-essay or photo portfolio

Stefano Tonchi, Editor in Chief

Stranger Than Paradise,” photographs by Tim Walker


Essays and Criticism

Honors interpretative and critical journalism

The New Yorker    

David Remnick, Editor

Pamela Maffei McCarthy, Deputy Editor

Thanksgiving in Mongolia,” by Ariel Levy

November 18

Columns and Commentary

Honors political and social commentary; news analysis; and reviews and criticism

The New Yorker    

David Remnick, Editor

Pamela Maffei McCarthy, Deputy Editor

Three columns by Emily Nussbaum: “Shark Week,” February 25; “Difficult Women,” July 29; and “Private Practice,” October 7


Honors fiction originally published in magazines      

The New Yorker    

David Remnick, Editor

Pamela Maffei McCarthy, Deputy Editor

The Embassy of Cambodia,” by Zadie Smith

February 11 & 18

Magazine of the Year

Honors magazines for print and digital editorial excellence and the success of out-of-book programs and services

Fast Company     

Robert Safian, Editor

Florian Bachleda, Creative Director

Noah Robischon, Executive Director of Digital

March, May and October Print Editions

May, June and July/August iPad Editions

Publication dates are 2013 and refer to print editions unless otherwise noted. Editors listed in winners’ citations held those positions when content was published.