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Association of Food Journalists Announces 2012 Winners

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AFJ.jpgThe Association of Food Journalists announced winners in its Awards Competition 2012 at its annual conference in Washington, DC today. The finalists were previously announced. According to the AFJ's website, "Currently first place winners in categories receive $300 (USD) and a certificate. Second- and third-place winners receive certificates. All receive the accolades of their journalism peers." It costs $30 ($40 for non-members) to enter.

First place awards include Craig LaBan of the Philadelphia Inquirer for Best Newspaper Restaurant Criticism, the Village Voice's Fork in the Road won for Best Food Blog, and the LA Weekly's Beth Barrett won for Best Newspaper Food News Story with "L.A. Farmers Markets Exposed."

Best Newspaper Food Coverage 135,000 & Under Circulation went to Akron Beacon Journal; Best Newspaper Food Coverage 135,001-200,000 went to the San Antonio Express-News, and Best Newspaper Food Coverage Over 200,001 went to the San Francisco Chronicle. Everyone else pretty much gets accolades, but that doesn't really pay the rent. Anyway, here's the full list:

Association of Food Journalists 2012 Winners

BEST NEWSPAPER FOOD COVERAGE
135,000 & Under Circulation
FIRST: Akron Beacon Journal, Akron OH, Lisa Abraham, Food Writer
SECOND: News and Observer, Raleigh NC, Andrea Weigl, Food Writer
THIRD: Reno Gazette-Journal, Reno NV, Johnathan L. Wright, Food and Drink Editor, and Laura Longero, Food and Wine Writer

135,001-200,000 Circulation
FIRST: San Antonio Express-News, Karen Haram, Food Editor
SECOND: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Nancy Stohs, Food Editor
THIRD: Kansas City Star, Jill Silva, Food Editor

200,001 & Over Circulation
FIRST: San Francisco Chronicle, Food & Wine Staff
SECOND: Boston Globe, Sheryl Julian, Food Editor
THIRD: Chicago Tribune, Joe Gray, Food Editor; and Carmel Carrillo, Dining Editor

BEST NEWSPAPER FOOD FEATURE
Under 200,000 Circulation
(tie for third place)
FIRST: Daniel Neman, The Toledo Blade, "No Zest for Energy Drinks"
SECOND: Gretchen McKay, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "How to Roast a Whole Pig"
THIRD: Cindy Hoedel, Reporter The Kansas City Star, "Culinary Diplomacy"
THIRD: Lauren Shockey, The Village Voice, "Tracking Down the City?s Moonshiners"

BEST NEWSPAPER FOOD FEATURE
200,001 & Over Circulation
FIRST: Lee Dean, Minneapolis Star Tribune, "Pop! Pop! Popcorn!"
SECOND: Renee Enna, Chicago Tribune, "Devil in Disguise"
THIRD: Rick Nelson, Minneapolis Star Tribune, "Wild Thing"

BEST NEWSPAPER FOOD NEWS STORY
(tie for third place)
FIRST: Beth Barrett, LAWeekly, "L.A. Farmers Markets Exposed"
SECOND: Brett Anderson, The Times-Picayune, "Oyster Business Still Has Troubles by the Sack"
THIRD: Stacy Finz and Amanda Gold, San Francisco Chronicle, "As State?s Farmers Age, a New Breed is Meeting Growing Need for Food"
THIRD: Lisa Sorg, Independent Weekly, "Chew on This"

BEST NEWSPAPER FOOD COLUMN
FIRST: Jason Wilson, columnist writing inThe Washington Post
SECOND: Jason Wilson, columnist writing in San Francisco Chronicle
THIRD: Jennifer Bain, Food Editor, Toronto Star

BEST NEWSPAPER RESTAURANT CRITICISM
(tie in second place)
FIRST: Craig LaBan, Restaurant Critic, The Philadelphia Inquirer
SECOND: Michael Bauer, Executive Food and Wine Editor, San Francisco Chronicle
SECOND: Leslie Brenner, Restaurant Critic and Dining Editor, Dallas Morning News
THIRD: Brett Anderson, Restaurant Critic and Features Writer, The Times-Picayune

BEST NEWSPAPER SPECIAL FOOD PROJECT
FIRST: Creative Loafing (Atlanta), "The Food Issue", Besha Rodell, Food & Drink Editor
SECOND: San Francisco Chronicle, "49 Mile S.F. Food Tour", Food & Wine Staff
THIRD: Seattle Times, "Feeling the Weight: A Children?s Tale of Temptation, Comfort and Compulsion", Maureen O?Hagan, Reporter

BEST INTERNET FOOD NEWS OR FEATURE STORY
FIRST: Katharine Shilcutt, Staff Writer, Houston Press, "Tale of Two Dinners"
SECOND: Michele Kayal, Contributor, Associated Press, "For Pepin, Cooking is About Technique, Not Stardom"
THIRD: Jane Lear, Freelance Writer, The Zenchilada.com, "Putting the Gullah Back in Gumbo"

BEST FOOD VISUAL
FIRST: St. Louis Post-Dispatch for "Blueberries", Laurie Skrivan, Photographer
SECOND: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for "Apples & Honey", Larry Roberts, Photographer
THIRD: St. Louis Post-Dispatch for "Bunches of Biscuits", Stephanie Cordle, Photographer

BEST FOOD BLOG
(tie in third place)
FIRST: The Village Voice, Staff
SECOND: LAWeekly, Amy Scattergood, Food Blog Editor
THIRD: San Francisco Chronicle, Paolo Lucchesi, Staff Writer; Michael Bauer, Executive Food & Wine Editor, & Jon Bonn.,
Wine Editor
THIRD: The Seattle Times, Nancy Leson, Food & Restaurant Columnist

BEST FOOD ESSAY
FIRST: David Hagedorn, writer/columnist writing in The Washington Post, "Mothering Heights"
SECOND: Nancie McDermott, Edible Piedmont magazine, "Lunch Counter Sit-Ins"
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THIRD: Laura Hahnefeld, Phoenix New Times, "My Year of Eating Dangerously"

· The Association of Food Journalists [Official Site]
· All Association of Food Journalists Coverage on Eater [-E-]
· All Awards Coverage on Eater [-E-]

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