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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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LA Times, Roger Ebert Win Big at Society for Features Journalism Awards

The Society for Features Journalism announced the winners of its annual “Excellence-in-Features Writing Competition” today, and the LA Times did quite well for itself. Charles McNulty took first prize for “General Commentary” while his colleague David L. Ulin took honorable mention. Other nods from the Times: Catharine Hamm‘s travel section won third place for “Reader Engagement;” Christopher Goffard took third prize in the “General Feature” category; and the Booster Shots health blog and Daily Dish both earned distinctions in “Blogging.” Roger Ebert, incidentally, took home first prize in that category for his work on the Chicago Sun-Times website.

Full list of winners at Romenesko.

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.