Mother Jones Wins Magazine of the Year at 2017 Ellies

Plus, New York and The New York Times Magazine tie for most awards

Mother Jones took top honors at the 2017 National Magazine Awards—known in the industry as the Ellies—this afternoon in downtown Manhattan. The 41-year-old bimonthly, which also won in the Reporting category for its blockbuster exposé on private prisons, beat out fellow Magazine of the Year finalists The New Yorker, Cosmopolitan, The California Sunday Magazine and New York magazine.

New York, however, managed to tie for the most awards won, claiming best Magazine Section (for its “Culture Pages” department), Single-Topic Issue (for the Oct. 3-16 issue, “Eight Years in America”), Video (for “Guns & Empathy”). The New York Times Magazine also won three Ellies: Feature Writing (for “I Have No Choice but to Keep Looking” by Jennifer Percy), Public Interest (for “Worlds Apart” by Nikole Hannah-Jones), and Essays and Criticism (“David’s Ankles” by Sam Anderson).

First-time winners included The Marshall Project (General Excellence in Literature, Science and Politics), Good (Personal Service) and Huffington Post Highline (Multimedia).

Mother Jones last won an Ellie in 2013, taking the Video award for its secret recording of the private Mitt Romney fundraiser at which the former presidential candidate spoke his now-infamous “47 percent” line.

Take a look at the full list of winners below.

General Excellence:
News, Sports and Entertainment: ESPN The Magazine
Service and Lifestyle: Bon Appétit
Special Interest: Modern Farmer
Literature, Science and Politics: The Marshall Project

Design: The California Sunday Magazine

Photography: The California Sunday Magazine

Feature Photography: Pacific Standard for “Adrift,” photographs by Francesco Zizola, July/August

Magazine Section: New York for “The Culture Pages”

Personal Service: Good for “What Can He Really Do? What Can We Do About It?,” Winter

Leisure Interests: Eater for “The Eater Guide to Paris,” by Eater Staff, Oct. 19 at

Single-Topic Issue: New York for “Eight Years in America,” Oct. 3-16 print issue and

Website: National Geographic

Multimedia: Huffington Post Highline for “The 21st Century Gold Rush,” by Malia Politzer and Emily Kassie, Dec. 21 at

Video: New York With Narrative 4 for “Guns & Empathy,” Dec. 26 at

Reporting: Mother Jones for “My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard,” by Shane Bauer, July-August print issue; June 23 at and

Feature Writing: The New York Times Magazine for “‘I Have No Choice but to Keep Looking,’” by Jennifer Percy, Aug. 2 at

Essays and Criticism: The New York Times Magazine for “David’s Ankles,” by Sam Anderson, Aug. 21

Columns and Commentary: Harper’s Magazine for three columns by Rebecca Solnit: “Bird in a Cage,” March; “The Ideology of Isolation,” July; and “Giantess,” September

Public Interest: The New York Times Magazine for “Worlds Apart,” by Nikole Hannah-Jones, June 12

Magazine of the Year: Mother Jones

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