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Awards and Accolades
Mother Jones has been nominated for the industry's highest honor―the National Magazine Award for General Excellence―nine times in the magazine's history, and has won three times. MoJo has also garnered a slew of other awards for its reporting, illustration, and photography, including:
- "The Great Frack Forward" by Jaeah Lee and James West is nominated for a Webby Award. Vote here to help it win!
- Tom Philpott's "California Goes Nuts" is nominated for a James Beard Award.
- Dave Gilson's investigation "The NRA's Murder Mystery" received a 2015 James Madison Freedom of Information Award from the Northern California chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
- The Association of Food Journalists named Tom Philpott's "Food for Thought" its Best Food Blog of 2014. Former Mother Jones fellow Sydney Brownstone's article "Can Silicon Valley Make Fake Meat and Eggs That Don't Suck?" also won a 2014 AFJ Award for Best Non-Newspaper Food Feature.
- Newtown: One Year After, Mother Jones' multimedia project on child gun deaths, received a 2014 Online News Association Award in the Planned News/Events category.
- The Association for Women in Communications honored Mother Jones with a 2014 Clarion Award for "Best Overall External Magazine" in our circulation category for the second year running. Mac McClelland's "Schizophrenic. Killer. My Cousin" and Jonah Engle's "Merchants of Meth" also received Clarion awards in the feature categories.
- In 2014, the National Press Club awarded Mother Jones Senior Reporter Tim Murphy the Angele Gingras Humor Award for two "clever and brightly written stories," "What Would Happen If We Really Went to War Against Christmas?" and "A Day In the Life of a Snowden-Chasing Journalist at Sheremetyevo International Airport."
Mother Jones received two 2014 silver Telly Awards for Internet/Online Video in both the News/News Feature and Political/Commentary categories for its "Letters to Newtown" video.
In August 2013, The PEN American Center awarded Co-Editors Monika Bauerlein and Clara Jeffery the Nora Magid Award for magazine editing for, in the words of the judges, transforming Mother Jones from "a respected-if under the radar- indie publication to an internationally recognized, powerhouse general-interest periodical influencing everything from the gun-control debate to presidential campaigns."
The Society of Professional Journalists awarded Mother Jones the Sigma Delta Chi Award for "America Under the Gun: A Special Report on the Rise of Mass Shootings."
Mother Jones was named the winner of the fifth Izzy Award, presented by the Park Center for Independent Media, for publishing "Major, timely stories and investigations throughout 2012 that had significant public impact." The Izzy will be presented on Wed., April 17, at Ithaca College. Full release here.
Shane Bauer received the Sidney Hillman Foundation's Hillman Award, the James Aronson Award, a "Maggie" Award, the John Jay College/HF Guggenheim Prize for Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting and the National Council on Crime and Delinquency's Media for a Just Society Award for magazines for "No Way Out," his investigation into solitary confinement practices in American prisons.
James Ridgeway was also awarded the National Council on Crime and Delinquency's Media for a Just Society Award for web for "The Other Death Sentence."
- In 2013, Mother Jones received ten nominations for "Maggie" awards, winning four for Tom Philpott's "Food for Thought" blog, David Corn's "47 Percent" scoop, Kiera Butler's Econondrums columns "Should You Buy Beef to Help US Ranchers Survive the Drought?", and for Dale Stephanos' illustration for "Occupied Washington."
- Gabriel Thompson received the David Pike Awards for reporting on poverty and homelessness for his story "Could You Survive on $2 a Day?"
- The Society of Professional Designers bestowed the silver medal upon Steve Brodner for his "Follow the Dark Money" illustrations, and American Photography 29 named Mark Murrmann a finalist for his "Occupy Oakland" photography.
- Four Society of Professional Journalists-NorCal excellence in journalism awards, including Outstanding Emerging Journalist, Andy Kroll; Feature Storytelling, "I Was a Warehouse Wage Slave"(March/April 2012), by Mac McClelland; Investigative Reporting, "The Informants"(September/October 2011), by Trevor Aaronson; Commentary, "Editors' Notes" (November/December 2011), by Monika Bauerlein and Clara Jeffery.
- Two Exceptional Merit in Media Award nominations from the National Women's Political Caucus: "The GOP's Stealth Plan to Redefine Rape," by Nick Baumann, and "South Dakota Moves to Legalize Killing Abortion Providers" by Kate Sheppard.
- Finalist for two Online News Association Awards: Online Commentary, Kevin Drum, and the Gannett Foundation award for innovative investigative journalism, "Terrorists for the FBI."
- American Illustration 31 chose Edel Rodriguez's illustration of Rick Perry from "No Country for Innocent Men," (January/February 2012) for inclusion in this annual edition.
- 2012 Planned Parenthood Maggie award for Sarah Blustain's "The Man Who Loved Women Too Much,"(January/February 2011).
- 2012 MOLLY National Journalism Prize for "The Informants," (September/October 2011).
- 2012 Data Journalism Award for Data-Driven Investigation, National/International, "Terrorists for the FBI."
- Two Livingston Award for Young Journalists nominations: Trevor Aaronson, "The Informants," (September/October 2011), and Amy Silverstein, "Is Susan G. Komen Denying the BPA-Breast Cancer Link?" (January/February 2012).
- Four Maggie awards from the Western Publishing Association, including Best Politics & Social Issues/Consumer for "The Speedup," (July/August 2011); Best Feature Article/Consumer for "Aftershocks," (January/February 2011); Best News Story/Consumer for "The Informants," (September/October 2011); Best Use of Social Media/Trade & Consumer for Occupy Wall Street coverage.
- Two 2012 merit awards from the Society of Publication Designers for Best Illustration/Single or Spread, "Locked Up Abroad" (Sept/Oct 2011), and "The Job Killers," (Nov/Dec 2011).
- Finalist for a 2012 Digital Ellie in Reporting, Digital Media from the American Society of Magazine Editors for team coverage of Occupy Wall Street.
- An Award of Excellence in Feature Editing from Pictures of the Year International for "Exposing Vivian Maier,", May/June 2011.
- A John Jay College/Harry Frank Guggenheim 2012 Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting Award for Trevor Aaronson's "The Informants", September/October 2011.
- Three Society of Professional Journalists-NorCal awards, including Explanatory Journalism for the "Speedup" package, July/August 2011; Feature Storytelling for Charlie LeDuff's "What Killed Aiyana Stanley-Jones?", November/December 2010; and Best Photojournalism for Danny Wilcox Frazier's "What Killed Aiyana Stanley-Jones?", November/December 2010.
- National Magazine Award Best Feature Writing nomination for Mac McClelland's "For Us Surrender Is Out of the Question," March/April 2010.
- Dayton Literary Peace Prize nomination for Mac McClelland's For Us Surrender Is Out of the Question," March/April 2010.
- Two Maggies from the Western Publishing Association, including Best Web or Digital Edition Publication Blog for Kevin Drum, and Best Politics/Social Issues Consumer publication for the November/December 2010 issue.
- Two Aveda Environmental awards for Best Overall Commitment and Best Paper/Printing.
- A 2011 Society of Illustrators award for Ross MacDonald's "You, Only Better," January/February 2010 issue.
- The 2010 Population Institute 31st Annual Global Media Awards for Excellence in Population Reporting in the category of Best Article or Series of Articles for the May/June 2010 issue.
- Three 2010 Society of Professional Journalists-NorCal awards, including Breaking News for team coverage of the BP oil spill, Best Photojournalism for Marcus Bleasdale in "Blood and Treasure," and Outstanding Emerging Journalist Mac McClelland.
- The 2010 Online News Association award for Online Topical Reporting for team reporting on the BP/Gulf oil spill.
- The Sidney Hillman Foundation June 2010 "Sidney" Award for human rights reporter Mac McClelland and her story on the BP spill's impact on Gulf Coast residents.
- The 2010 Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi public service award for the November/December 2009 "Climate Countdown" package.
- Two 2010 American Illustration awards for Ross MacDonald's "You, Only Better," January/February 2010, and Alex Nabaum's "What's Your Water Footprint," July/August 2009.
- TreeHugger.com's 2010 "Best of Green" award, Best Business and Politics Twitter Feed, for environmental reporter Kate Sheppard.
- Three 2010 Society of Publication Designers SPOTS awards for Mark Matcho's "The Patriot's Guide to Legalization," July/August 2009; Roberto Parada's "The People vs. Dick Cheney," January/February 2009; and Gary Taxali's "Corn Syrup's Mercury Surprise," July/August 2009.
- Four 2010 Society of Publication Designers merit awards for Dale Stephanos' "Don't Look Down," January/February 2009; Jack Unruh's "The Sheikh Down," September/October 2009; Roberto Parada's "The People vs. Dick Cheney," January/February 2009; and Steve Brodner's
"Presidents of the United States," January/February 2009.
- The 2010 Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism for Scott Carney's "Meet the Parents," March/April 2009.
- Two 2010 NPPA Best of Photography awards for magazine news story and magazine story opener for Danny Wilcox Frazier's "End of the Line," September/October 2009; honorable mention for magazine news story for Sarah Wilson's "We Bring Fear," July/August 2009; and 3rd place for Magazine Picture Editor of the Year for Mark Murrmann.
- The 2010 Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism for reporter Stephanie Mencimer's "Brave New Welfare," January/February 2009.
- The 2010 National Magazine Award for General Excellence (100,000-250,000 circulation) for the July/August 2009, September/October 2009, and November/December 2009 issues.
- Four 2010 Western Publishing Association awards, including Best Web or Digital Edition Magazine Blog for Kevin Drum; Best Feature Article/Consumer for Anna Lenzer's "Spin the Bottle," January/February 2009; Best Cover/Consumer for "Totally Wasted," July/August 2009; Best Single Editorial Enhanced Photo or Illustration/Consumer for Andrew Zbihlyj's "Enter Stage Right," September/October 2009.
- The 2010 James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism for "Climate Countdown," November/December 2009.
- Two 2009 Society of Illustrators awards for Mirko Ilic's "Seven Myths of Energy Independence," in the May/June 2008 issue, and Tim O'Brien's "The Last Empire" January/February 2008 cover.
- Two 2009 American Illustration awards for the November/December 2008 issue: Steve Brodner's "Presidents of the United States" and Yarek Waszul's "The New ECOnomy".
- The Western Publications Association's 2009 Maggie for Best Feature Article for Jacques Leslie's "The Last Empire," January/February 2008.
- The 2008 National Magazine Award for General Excellence (100,000 to 250,000 circulation) for the March/April, May/June, and September/October 2007 issues.