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LA Times Wins Prestigious Travel Journalism Awards

The winners of the 2011 Lowell Thomas travel journalism awards have been announced, and our hometown newspaper didn’t do too badly. The Los Angeles Times won top honors in the Newspaper Travel Section category, large circulation. Editor Catharine Hamm has been with the section for 12 years this month, and last year won 2nd place for Travel Journalist of the Year.

The LA Times also won both 1st and 2nd place in the Special Package/Project category.

The OC Register won 2nd place in the Personal Comment category for Gary Warner‘s “Stepping Behind Enemy lines at a Tiny Japanese Bar.” The paper also placed 3rd in the Newspaper Travel Section category for circulations under 350,000.

Former teen actor Andrew McCarthy took 2nd place as the Travel Journalist of the Year, a prize he won in 2010.

View a complete list of winners at the Lowell Thomas website.

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An Andrew McCarthy, Travel Writing Sampler

With today’s news that actor and travel writer Andrew McCarthy will be one of the headline attractions at the Los Angeles Times Travel and Adventure Show in March, we decided to sample the latest writings by a man who skipped over the Emmys last year in favor of the Lowell Thomas Award for 2010 Travel Journalist of the Year.

First off, kudos to the people who designed the actor’s website. The “Writing” section features a crisp, chronological display of magazine covers, each one leading to featured article text. McCarthy’s latest article, for the January-February 2011 issue of Westways Magazine, is all about Dublin pub crawls:

I’m headed to The Blue Light Pub, a simple, whitewashed stone structure. It’s a rustic spot with a slate floor and an open hearth. The farmers and country folk who fill it remind me just how quickly the sophistication of the city is left behind in Ireland.

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Travel + Leisure Unveils Digital Holiday Edition For The iPad

Travel + Leisure today launched its first digital edition for the iPad. The issue, available through the app store as well as through the magazine’s website, will focus on holiday travel, expanding on the information provided in the magazine’s print edition by adding video, slide shows, and special hotspot maps. Each issue will cost $3.99 — 20 percent off the cover price of the print edition.

Other special features include a video exploration of 42nd street hosted by actor Andrew McCarthy, a tour of New Orleans with novelist Thomas Beller, tips from designer Han Feng on “eating like a local” in Shanghai, audio reviews of American wines from the magazine’s wine and spirits editor Bruce Schoenfeld, itineraries for 15 holiday destinations around the world, an interactive list of the best and worst airports, and the option of purchasing the products from the magazine’s Stylish Traveler and Tech sections through in-app browsers linking to online stores.

80′s Heartthrob Andrew McCarthy is an Award-Winning Journalist

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.

Andrew McCarthy Gets Arrested in Ethiopia for Afar

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For its “Spin the Globe” column, Afar sends its writers, even the famous ones, to far off places at random and tells them to chronicle their experiences. In the March/April issue, it was actor Andrew McCarthy in Lalibela, Ethiopia.

After enjoying the local cuisine and witnessing an exorcism (seriously), the Brat Packer found himself arrested by an “Ethiopian Lee Marvin” for trying to attend a church Mass service without a ticket.

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“I glanced over my shoulder at Lee Marvin, his gun pointed at my back. I thought his reaction to my offense was extreme; I tried to say as much. He grunted something in Amharic and prodded me with the tip of his rifle. I turned quickly back. I figured I wouldn’t be shot as long as I had a child by my side — I engaged the boy in animated conversation.”

Silly Andrew. It’s Bernie who keeps you out of trouble. Cheap shot, we know.

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Lunch: Special Post-Inauguration Edition

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— DIANE CLEHANE

The mood was festive at Michael’s today, with plenty of Obama buttons on display and lots of talk about the president’s stirring inaugural address. Jack Kliger told me, “I thought the whole thing was inspiring. His speech was terrific.” Jack had a good laugh about Barack Obama‘s heartfelt thanks to George W. Bush for his “years of service,” only to then turn around and basically rip the departing administration to shreds — in the nicest possible way. A speech for the ages, indeed.

While everyone agreed the president was near perfection in every possible way, the verdict was somewhat mixed on the First Lady’s fashion sense. A few media mavens told me they were less than thrilled with Michelle Obama‘s Isabel Toledo dress and coat (“A little dowdy,” sniped one stylista), but gave her higher marks for her Jason Wu ivory gown. I admit, I didn’t love the “lemongrass” lace daytime look at first, but by day’s end it had grown on me. I will say that Sasha and Malia looked darling in their custom J.Crew Crewcuts coats. When my good pal Fern Mallis, looking sleek and chic in her Tracy Reese Obama shirt, stopped at the bar for a chat, I asked her what she thought about Michelle’s fashion choices for the big day. “I’d give her a 10,” said Fern. “I could not think of a better ambassador for the fashion industry right now. She looked great.”

Today I was lunching with Lisa Silhanek and Justin Brown, CEO of First Global Xpress. Lisa, who knows everyone in the fashion biz, is working with Justin as his relationship manager, helping to broaden the business within the industry. Justin, whose clients include HBO, ICM and Conde Nast, has built an impressive business (that will be profiled in next month’s Business Week and the March issue of Inc.) by catering to companies that care about reducing their carbon footprint with smart shipping that lops off miles using direct flights. And, perhaps just as important, Justin says: “We deal with divas very well.” He’s shipped everything from a helicopter (New York to Eastern Europe) to Marilyn Monroe’s velvet headboard bought at auction by an adoring fan, so chances are he can handle whatever daunting task Seventh Avenue can serve up.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. The Imber Gang: Dr. Gerry Imber, Jeff Greenfield, Andy Bergman and Jerry Della Femina. I asked Jerry about the awful news about the demise of Full Frontal Fashion. His wife, the tireless Judy Licht, made the show a must-see for fashionistas and civilians alike with its wall-to-wall coverage of Fashion Week. (Truth be told, I’ve skipped a show or two knowing that I could watch the whole shebang from my living room without having to battle the crowds). “It’s true,” reports Jerry. “But Judy has a lot of things going and will be covering Fashion Week for The Huffington Post.” You heard it here first, folks. Smart move, Arianna.

2. Peggy Siegal dining with a mystery gal. Clever Peggy ordered her lunch in advance so as not to waste a minute.

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong and uber-agent Ed Victor

4. Jack Kliger, Tom Donahue and a gent named Nick, so we’re told.

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