Former People DC Deputy Bureau Chief Linda Kramer is now Glamour Magazine’s DC contributing editor. But before she left People, she won a Henry R. Luce Award for “Outstanding Story” for her People magazine story, “Coming Home: A Love Story.” In addition, the DC bureau (which no longer exists, by the way) won for its breaking coverage of the West Virginia mining tragedy.
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April 19, 2007
To: Time Inc. Employees
From: John Huey
Re: Henry R. Luce Awards
In an awards ceremony this afternoon, we announced the winners of the 9th annual Henry R. Luce Awards, honoring editorial and journalistic excellence at our titles.
Awards were given in 11 categories today: Outstanding Story, Personal Service, Design, Public Service, Deadline, Reporting, Photography, Special Interests, Web Site of the Year, Cover of the Year, and Magazine of the Year. In addition, we also gave out a Lifetime Achievement Award to someone who has made an enormous contribution to Time Inc. over the years.
The nominees were judged in two stages, the first by Rik Kirkland, former managing editor of Fortune, Joelle Attinger, former Time executive editor, and Dick Stolley, former editorial director; the second stage by Lanny Jones, former managing editor of People and Money, Susan Casey, former managing editor of SI Women, Stolley and me.
And this year’s winners are:
Winner: People- “Coming Home: A Love Story”
This is a harrowing and ultimately uplifting account of a disfigured Iraq veteran and his hometown girl friend who remained committed to him under almost unimaginable circumstances. “Coming Home” is a classic example of People’s determination to find and focus on the intimate, human stories emerging from an international news event like the Iraq War.
Fortune- “The Law Firm of Hubris Hypocrisy and Greed”
Peter Elkind wrote a story that is both chilling and laugh-out-loud funny, about the decline of the infamous law firm of Millberg, Weiss which became the scourge of corporate America by specializing in shareholder litigation.
Sports Illustrated- “Remember the Name”
A shocking expose by Gary Smith of the lies told by the government about the friendly-fire death in Afghanistan of Pat Tillman who abandoned a NFL career to enlist in the Army Rangers.
Winner: Business 2.0 – “How to Build a Bulletproof Startup”
A detailed 16-step blueprint from drafting a business plan to building and testing prototypes to a full-scale launch. The magazine consulted CEOs, early-stage investors and venture capitalists to explain how the best ideas become reality, whether they are kitchen-table operations or the next Google.
All You – “Look and Feel Your Best”
This four-part challenge to “Make 2006 Your Get Healthy Year,” included simple weight-loss and fitness steps supported by encouragement and advice from women readers.
Real Simple – Three Part Series on Etiquette
This series on etiquette in everyday life included, “Meddle Management,” on handling critical in-laws, “Friendly Fire,” on dealing with pals who behave badly, and “You Can’t Choose Them,” on surviving and sometimes squashing sibling rivalry.
Each month, the title’s unconventional formula pushes the boundaries of magazine design. Each issue is based on a different theme, and the layouts take the reader through the familiar worlds of travel, fashion, art and culture in constantly surprising ways. The magazine’s unique approach reached a summit of sorts in October’s Latin Issue when the editors searched for and discovered a new type font that they felt caught the mood and flavor of the three cities featured, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
The magazine’s design helps its busy readers navigate through upwards of 600 pages per issue, guided by bold section openers, crystal-clear display and easy-to-digest chunks of information.
People en Espanol
Stunning photographs and clever yet clean typography create an intimacy with the reader and reflect the vibrant culture the magazine covers.
Winner: Money – “Snow Job”
In this story Money addressed the question: while technology has lowered the price of everything from stocks to airline tickets, why do homebuyers now pay eight times the closing costs of 40 years ago? The answers were found among 20 recent homeowners on one street in a Minneapolis suburb which has the highest closing costs in America. The answers are not pretty – unholy alliances among real estate companies, anti-competitive practices and language that confuses the buyer while his or her pocket is being picked.
TIME Europe- “A Simple Solution”
Killing 1.9 million children a year, more than malaria, measles and AIDS combined, diarrhea is easily and cheaply curable but heartbreakingly ignored. The World Health Organization spends 20 times more on combating HIV than it does on this preventable childhood killer.
Sports Illustrated – “What Went Wrong in Winthrop?”
A profoundly disturbing examination of the deaths by suicide in 26 months of five young men, all high school football players, in a small Maine town. Suicide is the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. among 15 to 24 year olds, but as SI pointed out, suicide prevention is rarely taught or even discussed in schools.
Winner: People – “Band of Brothers”
This was the story of the 13 men trapped in a coal mine in Sago, West Virginia. It was a Tuesday, only hours from final closing, when the magazine learned that what the rest of the media were reporting – the trapped men had survived — was horribly untrue. Only one of them had. Produced in the wee hours, after the magazine should have gone to press, by People reporters on the scene, the story got it tragically right, an example of nail-biting, team reporting at its best.
Time Asia – “Dark Days for Democracy”
This cover story was produced in just four days after a military coup in Thailand last September. Its centerpiece was a profile of the new military leader that presciently explained why the coup would prove so damaging to the nation.
Time Europe- “Risk”
TIME Europe closed this cover story only 72 hours after British authorities had confirmed news in August of a plot to blow up trans Atlantic planes with liquid bombs. The magazine tapped political insiders and security experts and even visited the homes of the suspects to provide a new and frightening look at homegrown terrorism.
TIME – “One Morning in Haditha”
The story that caused a sensation around the world. In ghastly detail, it described the killing of 24 innocent Iraqi civilians by a patrol from Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment. When the magazine confronted our government with its findings, the military first blamed the deaths on a roadside bomb, then dismissed them as “collateral damage.” After the story, four Marines were charged with murder. It is, so far, the worst atrocity committed by U.S. forces during the Afghan and Iraqi campaigns.
Essence – “The Stolen Girls”
Covering a little-known scandal from the shadows of the civil rights revolution, the story explained that in July 1963, nearly three dozen black girls, ages 10 to 16, were rounded up after demonstrating to integrate a movie theater in Americus, Georgia, and imprisoned for six weeks in a sweltering, rural stockade. When the stolen girls, now women, finally got together last year to sue the state for redress, Essence was the only publication allowed to record their meeting and their memories. A few weeks after this story appeared, the city of Americus issued an official apology to the women.
Sports Illustrated – “The Damage Done”
A clear-headed and thus unusual assessment of the accusations of rape leveled against members of the Duke University lacrosse team. In three months of reporting, the magazine persuaded an assortment of people on both sides of the case to speak publicly for the first time and produced a report that was comprehensive, balanced and groundbreaking.
Winner: Sports Illustrated
The magazine faces a unique challenge: many of its readers pick up the magazine with its one dimensional still pictures after having already seen the events depicted live or on screen in triangular motion and sound. Clearly, SI has to offer something extraordinary. It does – unsurpassed action photography, compelling, insightful portraits and the space to run both at credible size. In photography, Sports Illustrated is truly in a league of its own
The title’s editorial jurisdiction might at first seem limited. How many ways are there, after all, to photograph actors in front of cameras, musicians at microphones, writers at computers? The dazzling images in the magazine week after week are the imaginative response. As one admirer has said, “If a picture is worth a thousand words, then these issues are encyclopedias.”
Each week TIME combines the contributions of reporters, writers and photographers in a way that makes the whole greater than the sum of its parts. The pictures range across the spectrum of contemporary life and death – a devastated neighborhood in Beirut, the political education of a would-be President, Katrina a year later, the anything-but-mundane world of the 21st century student. And every 12 months the magazine offers a spectacular summing-up: The Year’s Best Pictures.
Winner: Departures – “South America Now”
The package is rich and diverse, including an interview with iconic artist Fernando Botero, an essay by the writer who translated Jorge Luis Borges’ novels into English and a first-hand account of Che Guevara’s death by a Reuters correspondent who was on the scene. For the actual or arm-chair traveler, the section delves into the politics, personalities, literature, television, fashion and lifestyles that make our neighboring continent like no other in the world.
Southern Living – “40 Things Every Southerner Ought to Do”
This joyful list was compiled for the magazine’s 40th anniversary and meant to encompass the whole regional experience. Here are a few of those 40 things: Visit Monticello AND Graceland. Eat a Hot Brown at The Brown Hotel in Louisville (pronounced lu-ah-vahl). Drive U.S. 1 to Key West. Raft the Chattooga River. Know what the words “naked dog” and “The Varsity” mean. Identify the state Luckenbach is in. The story was an entertaining dialogue between magazine and reader and still another illustration of the powerful connection between the two.
Travel + Leisure Golf – “How I Got Sideways”
Rex Pickett, the author of the novel behind that Academy Award-winning movie returns to the valley he made famous. “This was my church,” he writes, “and golf was my religion.” His piece weaves wine, golf, travel and culture into a touching and humorous narrative
Web Site of the Year
According to Nielsen ratings, CNNMoney.com is the most-visited among vertical business-destination sites in 2006, beating out Forbes, Marketwatch, Business Week and the Wall Street Journal. The site was launched in January 2006, drawing its unique editorial content from Fortune, Money, Fortune Small Business and Business 2.0.
It has scored some impressive scoops – the first site to report the death of Enron’s Ken Lay, with a perspective on that event posted within the hour. Fortune’s annual Most Powerful Women feature in 2005, before CNNMoney.com existed, spawned a mere 1.5 million page views during the entire year. In 2006, the Most Powerful Women story had 9.6 million page views the first day it went up. The site’s breaking news, quality videos and in-depth, interactive packages have resulted in vastly increased page views, unique visitors and “engagement,” the average amount of time a single reader is “engaged” on the site. CNNMoney.com’s record is an astonishing 17 plus minutes, a statistic that has not escaped the attention of the site’s advertisers.
Winning the category last year, the site continues to star as a 24/7 online destination that is fully integrated with the magazine and yet presents a unique and imaginative voice to news in sports. Original content is posted daily, providing visitors to the site breaking news, high quality journalism, photography, scores and stats. And oh yes, let’s not forget the Swimsuit issue.
The site complements and expands the magazine’s content with online exclusives and personality-driven features in decorating, art, antiques, travel, gardening and entertaining. The recipient of several industry awards, the web site has enjoyed an 80 percent increase in page views year over year.
In one year, the site rocketed from 1.9 million unique monthly users to 5.1 million, eyeballing a total of 587 million pages. The secret behind this phenomenal growth was a mix of around-the-clock and accurate celebrity news, the launch of the magazine’s Stylewatch section and enhanced coverage of special events, like the Emmys and Oscars. When the web site asked who is the Sexiest Man Alive out there in cyberland, tens of thousands of women sent in photos of their husbands and boyfriends. But, as you know, George Clooney still won.
Cover of the Year
Winner: Time – July 17, 2006
“The End of Cowboy Diplomacy” cover makes its point clearly without ever identifying that little fella under the 100-gallon hat.
Cottage Living – September, 2006
The pictured entrance to a Texas cottage, framed by pear trees, as warm and welcoming as the magazine itself. The cover is modern and different from most shelter titles with their plump sofas, over-decorated rooms and museum-quality art. This cover reflects the magazine’s tagline promise of Comfort, Simplicity and Style.
Life – August 18, 2006
The cover featured the face of the famous German super-model known as “the body,” Heidi Klum. And in black and white, to boot. She was making news at the time – Project Runway was hot, and she was pregnant for the second time in 12 months. The photo session caught her from every angle and distance. But tight on the face, showing both beauty and power, was an inspired choice.
Time Inc. Content Solutions, (formerly custom publishing)- Inaugural issue of Parks
Parks is sponsored by the National Park Foundation. This starkly beautiful picture shows the 40 million year old John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in Oregon, which highlights a feature inside on “The Places Nobody Knows.”
Magazine of the Year
Winner: Entertainment Weekly
With incisive writing, exhaustive reporting on some of the world’s most obstinate subjects, vibrant design and compelling photography, the magazine offers a thrilling weekly tour of pop culture’s highlights and, usually more fun, its lowlights. That tour begins with the sharp and informative News & Notes, moves into major stories on people and projects, through the authoritative and sometimes infuriating review section and ends often with an EW coup, Author Stephen King’s stimulating take on the pop world around him. Entertainment Weekly has become an addiction for its 1.7 million plus readers, and no rehab is needed or sought.
Lifetime Achievement Award
The first thing you should know about our honoree is that her real name is Veronica. As Bonnie says, “My parents must have expected a 6-foot blonde.” But early on, they realized that this little firecracker was no staid Veronica, so she’s been Bonnie ever since.
And she lives up to the slogan: “Tar Heel born, Tar Heel bred, I’ll be a Tar Heel ’til I’m dead.” That refers to North Carolina where she was also educated. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and since then has received two honorary degrees – one from her alma mater, the other from Marist college.
At Greensboro, she majored in art, but after graduation went straight into journalism, once explaining, “I could have done Commercial Art and sat all day on a high stool, or I could go out where the action was.”
She moved from the Winston-Salem Journal & Sentinel to Newsday to the Newhouse National News Service. Along the way she picked up a national award for her civil rights reporting. And one of her greatest scoops was a Newsday story on a secret meeting of Protestant leaders called by Norman Vincent Peale and Billy Graham to come up with a strategy to defeat the first Catholic running for President, John F. Kennedy. The story caused an unholy stir during the 1960 campaign.
In 1966, TIME offered her a job in the Washington bureau, one of its better personnel decisions. She watched the capital and the White House for 12 years, during which she was offered the job of Presidential Press Secretary by Jerry Ford. She turned it down, which was one of her better personnel decisions. As Bonnie says, “I have no idea why they thought of me for that job in the briefing room snake pit – I’m happier as snake than handler.”
Bonnie also was co-host of a weekly television show, “Panorama,” in Washington for 10 years, for which she received an Emmy nomination for Christmas in the Nixon White House.
In 1978, she was named chief of TIME’s London bureau, where, among other assignments, she was Prince Charles’ dinner partner. He was, she recalls, “full of off-the-record high level gossip.” After eight years in London she returned to head up the New York bureau, then was appointed the magazine’s Correspondent-at-Large. She was the first woman to hold any of these major jobs at TIME.
She was a pioneer in another battle of the sexes. In Washington, she was president of the Women’s National Press Club whose members were prohibited from joining the National Press Club. The White House Correspondents Association had the same no-women rule. Hard to believe today, but painfully true.
Bonnie led the thoroughly unpleasant fight to change their rules and succeeded. Years later, she remembered: “It seems so little now, but it was so major then.” Today the National Press Club has many women members and even women officers. Bonnie has never joined. “The fight was so bitter,” she once said, “and I took so much flak. I haven’t discouraged others from joining, though.”
Bonnie has always cared about helping other women slip through that glass ceiling. She has long been critical of what she calls the Queen Bee Syndrome, explaining: “These are the ones who’ve made it in a ‘man’s world,’ and who aren’t interested in helping others.”
For women who claim they’ve made it on their own, she once remarked: “A lot of women suffered for them to be able to say that.” But then Bonnie was quick to add: “Oh dear, I do sound militant. Don’t forget to mention my son, my marriage.”
Her late husband, Harold Levy, was also a journalist and adviser to a Cabinet secretary and a Senator, and they have a grown son, Christopher, who worked for the late, lamented Tower Records, and is now temporarily in Tasmania seeking his bliss.
Bonnie is the author of two best-selling books, “First Mothers: The Women Who Shaped the Presidents,” and “First Families: The Impact of the White House on Their Lives.” She has traveled to 50 states and 60 countries, made speeches in 22 of those countries and thinks she is a contender for the number of Time Inc. outlets – print and electronic – she has contributed to. She’s up to nine at the moment, and still counting.
She remains active in professional issues. She’s a member of two halls of fame, one national, the other state; she holds another Lifetime Achievement Award, this one for Courage in Journalism from an international women’s media group; and she’s served on advisory councils for such diverse organizations as NASA and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
Over the years, Bonnie has said a lot of memorable things. Here is one of them: “In this age of the disembodied brain, let’s not allow the computer to forget who’s boss. There is no substitute for that most capable computer of all: the human mind.”
She was once asked how she managed her frenetic life, and on that occasion, she said: “I never slow down. If I did, the fragments would all fall apart.” The fragments are definitely still together.
Please join me in congratulating Bonnie and all of our winners today.