The magazine didn't quite win an EGOT but still received lots of recognition.

For television audiences nationwide, awards season arrives between Christmas and Valentine’s Day, when stars take to the stage in glamorous attire to clutch their prized statues and give breathless speeches. While the summertime awards circuit in the city-magazine world isn’t quite so glamorous nor so weepy, we’re proud to report Columbus Monthly took home its fair share of acclaim in 2019.

Here's a recap—think of it as a highlight reel—of the awards our magazine and its ancillary publications won, as well as links to the original stories and photos, which were all produced during the 2018 calendar year. We hope you enjoy the work as much as we enjoyed making it.

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The story with the most first-place finishes was senior editor Suzanne Goldsmith’s “Seeking Sanctuary,” the story of an undocumented immigrant who decided to live in a Clintonville church rather than be deported. It won The Press Club of Cleveland’s News award and Best Social Issues Reporting from the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists. It also took top honors for photo editor Tim Johnson’s work in The Press Club’s Photo Journalism–All Others category and was a Feature Story finalist in the nationwide City and Regional Magazine Association’s awards.

“Mike DiSabato’s War” by editor Dave Ghose, about the sexual abuse allegations against an Ohio State doctor by a troubled former wrestler, took two awards—The Press Club’s Features: Personality Profile and Ohio SPJ’s Best Newsmaker Profile.

Senior editor Chris Gaitten won Best Feature Reporting from the Ohio SPJ for a trio of stories: “Limbo at Longaberger,” which details OSU football coach Urban Meyer’s long day of waiting for punishment from the university regarding the domestic abuse allegations against an assistant coach; “Back from the Brink,” a look at the swift increase in the use overdose-reversing naloxone by the police in the fight against opiates; and “The Fighter,” a yearlong profile of Fritz Goss, a man battling Alzheimer’s disease. “The Fighter” also took third place for Medical/Health Writing from The Press Club.

Frequent Columbus Monthly contributor Laura Arenschield won Ohio SPJ’s Best Arts Profile award with her story on popular local poet Rachel Wiley, “Get Uncomfortable.” Chris came in second in Best Arts Reporting for his story “400,” on the vibrant artistic community that has sprung up at 400 West Rich in the rapidly developing East Franklinton neighborhood. Dining editor Erin Edwards led the annual “Tastemakers” package, which finished in second place in The Press Club’s Food category and included contributions from Suzanne, Chris and regular freelance dining writers Nicholas Dekker, Jill Moorhead and Nicole Rasul.

The Press Club also awarded our January 2018 issue with second place in Covers: General Circulation Magazine. The cover story, “Deflated,” about the effort to mobilize the masses in the face of Anthony Precourt’s decision to move the Columbus Crew to Austin, was designed by art director Betsy Becker, who took third in The Press Club’s Best in Ohio: Page Design category.

The biggest award of the year went to Columbus Monthly Health, our newest annual publication edited by Sherry Beck Paprocki, which took first place in CRMA’s Ancillary: General Interest category for its inaugural issue. One of the features in that magazine was “Dear Alex”—a heart-wrenching story of a man who died from an opiate overdose, written by his mother—which was designed by Health art director Alyse Pasternak and took third place for Spread or Multiple Page design. Alyse also received second place for Best Graphic Designer from the Ohio SPJ.

CRMA named Columbus Monthly a finalist for its prestigious General Excellence Award, and Columbus Monthly Weddings—edited by Emma Frankart Henterly— was a finalist for Ancillary: Weddings. Alyse, also the art director of that semiannual publication, took third place in The Press Club’s Best in Ohio: Infographics category and second place in Single Page Design–Magazines for the “By the Numbers” article from Weddings.


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