I won the Silurians Press Awards Gold Medallion for Best People Profile!

The Silurians Press Awards is a big one for New York journalism. I couldn’t believe it but the Times entered my Si the Pilot story and it has just received the Gold Medallion for best People Profile. Even they were amazed it got the gold as they don’t normally nominate freelancers. I’m going on June 15th to the award ceremony at the National Arts Club sitting at the Times table next to the Times editors. Wuh? SO honored and excited. I’ll post on the day.

From the announcement:

The New York Times and Newsday Win Top Honors In The 77th Annual Excellence In Journalism Awards.

Fortune Magazine, ESPN, WABC-TV, Type Investigations, THE CITY, WINS 1010 Radio, The New Yorker, Gothamist/WNYC, The Record/northjersey.com, News 12 Network, City Limits, USA Today Network, Foreign Policy Magazine And CUNY’s Craig Newhouse Graduate School of Journalism Also Win Awards.

A powerful 18-month long investigation by Newsday into policing on Long Island that uncovered abusive treatment of detainees by law enforcement and discrimination against black applicants for police jobs and an incisive New York Times series that reported how the pandemic has devastated the New York City economy were both awarded the President’s Choice Medallion, the top prize in the Silurians Press Club’s 77th annual Excellence in Journalism Awards. 

The Times led this year’s winners with six first place Medallions winning the President’s Choice Award and awards for Breaking News Reporting, Investigative Reporting, Arts and Culture Reporting, Editorials, Commentary and Public Service, People Profiles and Feature Photography. Newsday was close behind with five winning Medallions, capturing the President’s Choice Award, and awards for Business and Financial Reporting , Breaking News Photography, Sports Photography and TV Feature News.

The Silurians Press Club, established in 1924 as The Society of the Silurians, is an organization of more than 300 veteran and retired New York journalists. 

People Profiles
Medallion: “He Bombed the Nazis, Outwitted the Soviets and Modernized Christmas” 
Laurie Gwen Shapiro
The New York Times

Merit: “Lives of New York”
Alex Vadukul
The New York Times

Merit: “The Ultimate Obit: The Real Unabridged Authorized Warts-and-All Saga of Brooklyn Trolley King Bob Diamond”
By Simi Horwitz  
Streetsblog NY

Read the full announcement

I’m so thrilled and honored to be the first recipient of a new popular history award for longform history articles called the Damn History Article Award

I got this announcement today from popular historian Jack El-Hai who has a fascinating site, el-hai.com, that focuses on popular history and often links to interesting articles.

Announcing the Winner of the 2021 Damn History Article Award

Last year, I grew frustrated by the scarcity of recognition for writers creatively telling nonfiction history stories for non-academic and non-scholarly readers. So I started the Damn History Article Award to honor an engagingly conceived, thoroughly researched, and superbly written popular-history article published during the previous year. Between March and May 2021, a competitive group of submissions poured in, and a judging team made up of Tim Brady, Anika Fajardo, and Pamela Toler went through them. The judges deliberated and decided on a winner and two recipients of honorable mentions.

The winner of the 2021 Damn History Article Award: “The Improbable Journey of Dorothy Parker’s Ashes” by Laurie Gwen Shapiro, published in The New Yorker, September 4, 2020.

The judges’ comments: “Laurie Gwen Shapiro takes a curious lead and develops it into a rich story with an unexpectedly poignant conclusion. It was like reading one of those long footnotes that becomes more interesting than the book itself.”

Congratulations to Laurie, who receives a $250 gift card from bookshop.org and a genuine certificate of excellence from Damn History.