New York was the big winner at tonight's National Magazine Awards, where it was named Magazine of the Year, beating out National Geographic, Time, Esquire and Glamour. New York also won the Magazine Section award for its “Strategist” section.
National Geographic, which led the nominations with eight nods, didn’t leave the ceremony at the New York Marriott Marquis empty-handed—in fact, editor in chief Chris Johns seemed to be a permanent fixture on the stage. The magazine took home four awards, for General Excellence in Print (News, Sports and Entertainment Magazines), Photography, Tablet Magazine and Multimedia.
Other General Excellence in Print winners were Vogue (for Service and Fashion Magazines), Martha Stewart Living (Lifestyle), Outside (Special Interest) and The Paris Review (Literary, Political and Professional). General Excellence in Digital Media went to indie music site Pitchfork, one of the night's two digital natives to win awards, known as Ellies for the elephant-shaped statuettes winners receive. (Slate also received an Ellie for Columns and Commentary.)
Other multiple award winners were The Atlantic and Texas Monthly, each of which took home two Ellies: The Atlantic for Website and Essays and Criticism, (which went to Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “Fear of a Black President”), and Texas Monthly for Feature Writing Incorporating Profile Writing for (“The Innocent Man: Part I” and “The Innocent Man: Part II” by Pamela Colloff) and Public Interest (“Mothers, Sisters, Daughters, Wives,” by Mimi Swartz).
Legendary graphic designers Milton Glaser and Walter Bernard received an honorary award for Creative Excellence, as well as a short video tribute and a standing ovation from the crowd.
The gala was hosted by Willie Geist, co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe and NBC’s Today show. (Geist noted that he also considered himself one of the evening's finalists, having contributed a story to Golf Digest's 2012 Masters Preview, which was nominated in the Leisure Interests category.) Aiding him in his presentation duties was Lucy Danziger, ASME president and editor in chief of Self, and Allison Williams, who presented the night's first award to Vogue editor Anna Wintour. Upon receiving the award—Vogue's first for General Excellence—Wintour gave a word of advice to the nominees who would be going home empty handed: "Just hang in there for 25 years and you might get lucky!"
The full list of winners can be found here.