The former brat packer has reincarnated as a travel journalist. Best known for his work in classic teen films like Pretty In Pink and St. Elmo’s Fire, McCarthy isn’t seen much on the big screen these days. But his byline has appeared in numerous publications, including Slate, National Geographic Traveler, The Atlantic, and the Best American Travel Writing anthologies.
Last week he was named the 2010 Travel Journalist of the Year in the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition. The judges said of his work:
The versatility and power of Andrew McCarthy’s writing is clearly evident throughout his portfolio of entries. Whether he is recalling the accidental death of a 16-year-old girl in the Wyoming wilderness or seeking out the best soda bread recipe in Ireland, readers experience the highs and highs of excellent reporting, writing and storytelling.
Notably, 2nd place in the Lowell Thomas competition went to travel editor Catharine Hamm of the LA Times.