Welcome to the August issue of Columbus Monthly. As in years past, this is our Top Doctors issue, which includes a list of more than 500 of the area’s finest physicians, organized by specialty, as nominated by their peers. It’s always one of our most popular issues on the newsstand.
There are a couple of other things inside this issue that I’d like to point out. First is the excerpt of author Wil Haygood’s upcoming book, “Tigerland.” The acclaimed author and Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist spent nearly four years interviewing more than 125 sources to tell the unique story of East High School’s inspiring 1968–69 school year, in which both the basketball and baseball teams won state championships while struggling against the social ills of segregation and the civil unrest of the times, sparked by the murders of both Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy.
Haygood, who was a Columbus junior high school student when the events he wrote about transpired, not only gave us free rein to excerpt the work but also gave us the opportunity to be the first media outlet anywhere in the world to share his new story. For that we’re honored and grateful. The selection that begins on Page 45 includes the prologue and sections from the chapter about the state basketball championship nearly 200 pages later, stitched together in what we hope is one seamless read. It’s a fantastic book from start to finish about a dramatic, upsetting, triumphant time in Columbus history.
You’ll also notice a slight change in what we’ve for years called the Top 5. Now called Datebook, we’ve redesigned the page to not only provide you with a curated list of five interesting things to see in Columbus in the coming month, but we’ve also added a new section to the page, offering three ways to get involved and give back to our community. Broadening the page to offer more “do” opportunities in Columbus is something we’ve talked about for months, and something that seems fitting given the tremendous volunteer spirit that exists in Central Ohio. We hope you not only like it, but that you’ll use it, too.
Additionally, I’m proud to report that Columbus Monthly was the recipient of numerous Ohio Society of Professional Journalists awards for work done in 2017. Senior editor Chris Gaitten led the way with three first-place selections, for his story on homelessness in Columbus and his profiles of BrewDog USA’s always-interesting CEO Tanisha Robinson and Ian Burkhart, a quadriplegic whose tireless work with Ohio State doctors and Battelle scientists in pursuit of re-stimulating movement in his hand brings hope to those with spinal cord injuries everywhere.
Senior editor Suzanne Goldsmith also earned a first-place award for her 2017 profile of “Hillbilly Elegy” author J.D. Vance, while former senior editor Dave Ghose—the current editor of our sister publication, Columbus CEO—took first for his story, “It’s Complicated,” about the enduring friendship between felon Norman Whiteside and county treasurer Cheryl Brooks Sullivan, and second place for his deep dive into unrest at OSU’s medical centers. And our head of photography, Tim Johnson, was named Ohio’s best photographer among publications with circulations under 75,000. His talents are exemplified in this issue’s feature about local radio, which begins on Page 38. Congratulations to all.