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Association of LGBTQ Journalists names 2021 Excellence in Journalism awardees
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 14, 2021) — Today, NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists announced the recipients of its 2021 Excellence in Journalism Awards and recognized exemplary work produced in 2020. The highest individual awards, Journalist of the Year and Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for the LGBTQ Journalist of the Year, have been awarded to Rachel Savage and Ken Schneck, respectively.

"After a year unlike any other, our judges were extremely impressed by the quality of this year's nominations," NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists President Sharif Durhams said. "We received hundreds of worthy nominations, and the selection process was a difficult one. We offer a heartfelt congratulations to all of the winners, and are grateful for the work that they are doing to cover our communities."

The NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists Excellence in Journalism Awards were established in 1993 to foster, recognize and reward excellence in journalism on issues related to the LGBTQ community.

The Al Neuharth Award for Innovation in Investigative Journalism was presented to Mark Albert, April Chunko, Travis Sherwin, HyoJung Kim, Tyler Robinson and Andrew Vrees of Hearst Television.

The 2021 NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists Excellence in Journalism Awards recipients are:

Special Recognition Awards:

Journalist of the Year Award

Rachel Savage

Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for the LGBTQ Journalist of the Year Award

Ken Schneck

The Al Neuharth Award for Innovation in Investigative Journalism Award

Mark Albert, April Chunko, Travis Sherwin, HyoJung Kim, Tyler Robinson and Andrew Vrees for "Sucked In: America's Vaping Epidemic", Hearst Television stations

Print/Online Awards:

Excellence in Book Writing Award

Loren Ghiglione, Alyssa Karas and Dan Tham for "Genus Americanus: Hitting the Road in Search of America's Identity", University of Georgia Press

Excellence in Feature Writing Award

Nico Lang for "Matthew Shepard Died 22 Years Ago. Wyoming Still Doesn't Have a Hate Crimes Law", them.

Excellence in Feature Writing, Non-Daily Award

Jordan Michael Smith for "Ex AOL VP Spent 30 years investigating brother's gruesome murder", Business Insider

Excellence in Long Form Journalism Award

Lauren Rowello and Nico Lang for "'A Perfect Storm': What The Death Of Tatiana Hall Reminds Us About Black Trans Lives Today", BuzzFeed

Excellence in Newswriting Award

Muri Assuncao for "Vogue class on Instagram led by 'Pose' actor raises funds for LGBTQ groups serving community during coronavirus crisis", New York Daily News

Excellence in Newswriting, Non-Daily Award

Jazmine Hughes for "Learning to Swim Taught Me More Than I Bargained for", The New York Times Magazine

Excellence in Photojournalism Award

Yi-Chin Lee for "About a Boy", Houston Chronicle

Excellence in Profile Writing Award

Benjamin Ryan for "New disease, no treatment, no cure': how Anthony Fauci's fight against Aids prepared him for Covid-19", The Guardian

Excellence in Sports Writing Award

Dana Hunsinger Benbow for "49ers' Katie Sowers lost college coaching job because she's gay, moved on to Super Bowl", Indianapolis Star

Excellence in Student Journalism Award

Isabella Viola Yao Gomes for "Healthcare Providers Are Missing Chances to Help Victims of Sex Trafficking", Johns Hopkins Public Health Magazine (in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting)

Excellence in Travel Writing Award

Michael Luongo for "Despite Everything, People Still Have Weddings at 'Plantation' Sites", New York Times

Digital Awards:

Excellence in Blogging Award

Wren Sanders for "Unpacking Kamala Harris's Record on Trans and Sex Work Issues", them.

Excellence in Digital Video Award

Brock Stoneham, Kate Sosin and Mike Basilico for "Assault, retaliation and abuse: Life as a transgender woman in a men's prison", NBC News Digital

Excellence in Multimedia Award

Alex Biese for "National Coming Out Day 2020: LGBTQ community members share stories of struggle, triumph", Asbury Park Press, part of the USA TODAY Network Mid-Atlantic region

Excellence in Online Journalism Award

Kate Sosin, Brock Stoneham, Jiachuan Wu, Robin Muccari and Jeremia Kimelman for "Trans, imprisoned — and trapped", NBC News Digital

Editorial Awards:

Excellence in Column Writing Award

Timothy Hedden for "Masks stop coronavirus. Getting AIDS showed me the stupidity of not wearing them.", NBC News Think

Excellence in Opinion/Editorial Writing Award

Robert W. Fieseler for "OPINION: History shows us why the fight for LGBTQ equality is far from over", ABC News

Broadcast Awards:

Excellence in Documentary Award

POV for "We Are the Radical Monarchs", PBS

Excellence in Local Television Award

Sean Lewis for "Windy City Times -30-", WGN-TV

Excellence in Network Television Award

Ricardo Cortez for "Hitmakers: Teddy Geiger", TODAY & NBC News Custom Productions

Excellence in Podcasts Award

Sam Sanders, Jordana Hochman, Jinae West, Anjuli Sastry and Andrea Gutierrez for "It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders", NPR, It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders

Excellence in Radio Award

Ryan Warner, Carl Bilek and Sonya Doctorian for "Ken Felts Came Out At 90 Years Old, And His Story Went Viral", Colorado Public Radio and

Coverage Awards:

Excellence in Bisexual Coverage Award

Nico Lang for "The Woman Who Could Be America's First Openly Bisexual Mayor Is Already Facing Biphobic Attacks", them.

Excellence in Business Coverage Award

Nico Lang, Samantha Allen, Michelle Kim, Michael Cuby, James Factora, Daniel Villareal, Matt Baume, Sophie Hurwitz, Marke B., Alexander Cheves, K.C. Hoard, Steven Blum and Devlyn Camp for "Queer Spaces Project", them.

Excellence in Education Coverage Award

Leslie Postal, Annie Martin and Kate Santich for "Anti-LGBTQ Florida schools getting vouchers", Orlando Sentinel

Excellence in Food Coverage Award

Bill Whitaker, Sara Kuzmarov and Steven Tyler for "Sunday Morning: What's Cooking? (Dominique Crenn)", CBS

Excellence in Health or Fitness Coverage Award

Finbarr Toesland for "Coronavirus restrictions highlight LGBTQ domestic abuse crisis", NBC OUT/NBC News

Excellence in HIV/AIDS Coverage Award

Arvin Joaquin for "Inside the second wave of the HIV epidemic in the Philippines", Xtra Magazine

Excellence in International Coverage Award

Zeyi Yang for "Two Gay Chinese Dads. One Long and Winding Trip to Fatherhood.", Narratively

Excellence in Legal Coverage Award

Michelle Allan for "Coverage of Canadian conversion therapy legislation", The Globe and Mail

Excellence in Nonbinary and Gender Nonconforming Coverage Award

Jake Wittich for "After Lurie Children's Pledges To Stop Surgeries On Intersex Kids, Activists Urge Other Hospitals To Follow", Block Club Chicago

Excellence in Political Coverage Award

Samantha Allen for "A More Perfect Union: The Queer Candidates Fighting for Our Democracy", them.

Excellence in QPOC Coverage Award

Joshua Johnson for "Pride + Protest: Being Black and Queer in America", NBC News NOW

Excellence in Religion Coverage Award

Nico Lang for "The Biggest Mormon School in the U.S. Now Says Queer Students Can Date—Maybe", Vice Magazine

Excellence in Theatre Coverage Award

Jim Farmer for "Appreciation: Atlanta Colleagues Remember puppeteer Bobby Box for his laugh, zest",

Excellence in Transgender Coverage Award

Kate Sosin, Brock Stoneham, Jiachuan Wu, Robin Muccari and Jeremia Kimelman for "Trans, imprisoned — and trapped", NBC News Digital

About NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists

NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists is a journalist-led association working within the news media to advance fair and accurate coverage of LGBTQ communities and issues. We promote diverse and inclusive workplaces by holding the industry accountable and providing education, professional development and mentoring. For more information, visit .

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