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.
– 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 Eater.com
Single-Topic Issue: New York for “Eight Years in America,” Oct. 3-16 print issue and nymag.com
Website: National Geographic
Multimedia: Huffington Post Highline for “The 21st Century Gold Rush,” by Malia Politzer and Emily Kassie, Dec. 21 at Highline.huffingtonpost.com
Video: New York With Narrative 4 for “Guns & Empathy,” Dec. 26 at nymag.com
Reporting: Mother Jones for “My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard,” by Shane Bauer, July-August print issue; June 23 at motherjones.com and YouTube.com
Feature Writing: The New York Times Magazine for “‘I Have No Choice but to Keep Looking,’” by Jennifer Percy, Aug. 2 at nytimes.com
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