October 17, 2004
Association of Food Journalist Awards

I received an e-mail from Mr. Bill Daley, Chief Food and Wine Reporter for the Chicago Tribune and president of the 30 year old Association of Food Journalists announcing that the 2004 AFJ Awards had been given out during the AFJ's meeting earlier this month in sunny San Juan, Puerto Rico. There aren't any photos as many of the participants are restaurant critics who would prefer to remain (visually) anonymous.

These awards don't have a cute name like the Oscars or the Emmies (may I suggest the Snarfies?), but here is a list of the winners. I've included links to samples of the winners' work as I've found them. If I have misidentified any winner's link (or if one of the winners prefers I link to a different piece or not at all), please forgive me and let me know so I can change it.

Take the time to acquaint yourself with the work of some of the best writers in food and beverage today.

UNDER 150,000 CIRCULATION

BEST NEWSPAPER FOOD SECTION:
First: Anchorage Daily News, Anchorage, Alaska ; T. C. Mitchell, Food Editor
Second: The Gazette, Colorado Springs, Colorado ; Teresa Farney, Food Editor
Third: The Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, California ; Diane Peterson, Food Writer

FOOD NEWS REPORTING:
First: Zach Dundas, Willamette Week, Portland, Oregon
Second: Derek J. Moore, The Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, California
Third: Annie Rusunen, The Columbian, Vancouver, Washington

FOOD FEATURE WRITING:
First: Jane Snow, Akron Beacon Journal, Akron, Ohio
Second: Jim Beckerman, The Record, Hackensack, New Jersey
Third: Robb Walsh, Houston Press, Houston, Texas

FOOD COLUMNS:
First: Arturo Ciompi, The Independent, Durham, North Carolina
Second: Robert Byers & Tara Tuckwiller, The Charleston Gazette, Charleston, West Virginia
Third: Prue Salasky, Daily Press, Newport News, Virginia

RESTAURANT CRITICISM:
First: Bill Addison, Creative Loafing, Atlanta, Georgia
Second: Robb Walsh, Houston Press, Houston, Texas
Third: Elaine Cicora, Cleveland Scene, Cleveland, Ohio

SERIES, SPECIAL SECTIONS & SPECIAL PROJECTS:
First: Patricia Mack, The Record, Hackensack, New Jersey
Second: Kathy Stephenson, The Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, Utah
Third: Joanne Derbort, The Press Democrat, Savor Wine Country magazine, Santa Rosa, California

150,001 - 350,000 CIRCULATION

BEST NEWSPAPER FOOD SECTION:
First: St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg, Florida ; Janet K. Keeler, Food Editor
Second: The Kansas City Star, Kansas City, Missouri ; Jill Silva, Food Editor
Third: The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore, Maryland ; Liz Atwood; Assistant Features Editor

FOOD NEWS REPORTING:
First: Judith Blake, The Seattle Times, Seattle, Washington
Second: Kimberly Lord Stewart writing in The Denver Post, Denver, Colorado
Third: Kimberly Lord Stewart writing in The Denver Post, Denver, Colorado

FOOD FEATURE WRITING:
First: Mary Tutwiler writing in The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, Louisiana
Second: Elizabeth Large, The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore, Maryland
Third: Aleta Watson, San Jose Mercury News, San Jose, California

FOOD COLUMNS:
First: Debbie Moose writing in the News and Observer, Raleigh, North Carolina
Second: Christopher Sherman, St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg, Florida
Third: Maricel E. Presilla writing in the Miami Herald, Miami, Florida

RESTAURANT CRITICISM:
First: Mike Dunne, Sacramento Bee, Sacramento, California
Second: Nancy Leson, The Seattle Times, Seattle, Washington
Third: Kyle Wagner, The Denver Post, Denver, Colorado

SERIES, SPECIAL SECTIONS & SPECIAL PROJECTS:
First: Nancy Stohs, Mark Johnson, John Fauber, Jim Higgins, Karen Herzog, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Second: Jill Silva, Lauren Chapin, The Kansas City Star, Kansas City, Missouri; Anne Brockhoff, Judith Fertig, Doug Frost, writing for The Kansas City Star, Kansas City, Missouri.
Third: Jill Silva, The Kansas City Star, Kansas City, Missouri

OVER 350,001 CIRCULATION

BEST NEWSPAPER FOOD SECTION:
First: Star Tribune, Minneapolis, Minnesota ; Lee Svitak Dean, Food Editor
Second: San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco, California ; Miriam Morgan, Food Editor
Third: Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois ; Carol Mighton Haddix, Food Editor

FOOD NEWS REPORTING:
First: Kim Severson, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco, California
Second: Lee Svitak Dean, Star Tribune, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Third: Candy Sagon, The Washington Post, Washington, D.C.

FOOD FEATURE WRITING:
First: Kim Severson, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco, California
Second: John Kessler, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta, Georgia
Third: Kim Martin Pierce writing in the Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas

FOOD COLUMNS:
First: John Kessler, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta, Georgia
Second: Rick Nichols, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Third: Al Sicherman, Star Tribune, Minneapolis, Minnesota

RESTAURANT CRITICISM:
First: Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco, California
Second: Craig LaBan, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Third: Tom Sietsema, The Washington Post, Washington, D.C.

SERIES, SPECIAL SECTIONS & SPECIAL PROJECTS:
First: Miriam Morgan, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco, California
Second: Carol Mighton Haddix, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois
Third: James F. Sweeney, The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio

BEST FOOD FEATURE IN A MAGAZINE:
First: Janet Fletcher writing in the San Francisco Chronicle magazine, San Francisco, California
Second: Natalie MacLean, Nepean, Ontario, Canada, writing in Ottawa City Magazine, Canada
Third: Greg Atkinson, writing in Food Arts Magazine, New York, New York

BEST STUDIO FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY: (sorry, no links as the papers are AWFUL about online photo credits. I couldn't find food photography credited to these fine photographers)
First: David Carson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis, Missouri
Second: Diana McMillen/Graham Brown, Midwest Living magazine, Des Moines, Iowa
Third: Doug Kapustin, The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore, Maryland

BEST NON-STUDIO FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY:
First: Stormi Greener, Star Tribune, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Second: Tom Wallace, Star Tribune, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Third: Tom Wallace, Star Tribune, Minneapolis, Minnesota

BEST FOOD COVERAGE ON THE INTERNET:
First: Natalie MacLean, Nepean, Ontario, Canada; www.nataliemaclean.com
Second: Natalie MacLean, Nepean, Ontario, Canada; www.nataliemaclean.com
Third: Jane Snow, Akron Beacon Journal, Akron, Ohio, writing in e-mailed newsletter sponsored by the Akron Beacon Journal

Congratulations to all the winners.

Posted by Barrett in Maryland at October 17, 2004 9:59 PM | TrackBack Print-friendly version
Comments

Nope, you don't have to be a member to enter the contest.
We've had the online writing category for some time but this is the first year in a while that we've had enough entries to make an award. I hope this will spur other online writers to consider entering next year. I'll try to get Barrett to post something when the 2005 contest call for entries is sent out. And thanks to Barrett for posting this list of winners. Much appreciated. Enjoy this site very much.

Posted by Bill Daley on October 19, 2004 at 9:33 AM
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