Loading...
 

Best Columnist/Journalist

BestofWinnerMast
Creative Loafing has been presenting Atlanta's Best People, Places and Events since 1972. These are some of the past winners for this category:

Best local journalist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Dan Wisenhunt

Best local journalist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Dan Whisenhunt

Best thorn in the mayor's side BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Bill Torpy
We smiled when the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tapped longtime reporter BILL TORPY to fill its much-needed metro columnist position a few years ago. And we giggled with delight when, after finding his rhythm, Torpy pointed his prose toward Mayor Kasim Reed. Since picking up the pen, he’s delved intomore...
We smiled when the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tapped longtime reporter BILL TORPY to fill its much-needed metro columnist position a few years ago. And we giggled with delight when, after finding his rhythm, Torpy pointed his prose toward Mayor Kasim Reed. Since picking up the pen, he’s delved into the city shortchanging firefighters of deserved pay raises, the dysfunctional Downtown streetcar, the abrupt and quizzical firing of the airport’s general manager, and the potential closing of the city’s largest homeless shelter, among other topics. Nearly each column has been met with a blistering press release from the office of the charismatic yet thin-skinned politician. Torpy, who in his past life was a Chicago boxer, has not backed down, opting to continue the jousting on Twitter. It’s worth noting that Hizzoner, himself a boxing fan, has not yet blocked the columnist on Twitter. Maybe he likes the sparring partner. www.ajc.com/staff/bill-torpy. less...

Best street photographer BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Quan ATL
quanatl.tumblr.com

The fourth estate: Best local journalists working for an out-of-state publication BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Alan Blinder and Richard Fausset

Best street photographer BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Lauren Holley

Best local journalist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Dan Whisenhunt

The fourth estate: Best takedown of a bad idea BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Maria Saporta

Best local journalist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Doug Richards

Best local journalist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Maria Saporta

Best print journalist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Greg Bluestein
In June 2012, Greg Bluestein made the jump to the AJC from the Associated Press' Atlanta bureau, where for seven years he'd covered everything from the Brian Nichols trial to the BP oil spill and a West Virginia mine explosion. His official new beats were commercial real estate and economic development,more...
In June 2012, Greg Bluestein made the jump to the AJC from the Associated Press' Atlanta bureau, where for seven years he'd covered everything from the Brian Nichols trial to the BP oil spill and a West Virginia mine explosion. His official new beats were commercial real estate and economic development, but it quickly became clear that he could cover anything. Bluestein's name started appearing on political stories and pretty much everything else. In addition to uncovering questionable expenses that led to the resignation of the Atlanta Beltline's CEO, he's reported on corporations underwriting Gov. Nathan Deals trip to China and Gold Dome shenanigans during the legislative session. He's an attack dog and a workhorse and he's one of the biggest strengths at the metro region's paper of record. www.twitter.com/Bluestein. less...

Best local journalist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Thomas Wheatley

Local TV, magazine or newspaper reporter BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Doug Richards

Best local TV, magazine, or newspaper reporter BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Doug Richards

www.11alive.com


Runners-up:


Thomas Wheatley


www.clatl.com


AND


Chad Radford


www.clatl.com

Best local TV, magazine or newspaper reporter BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
David O' Brien, ajc.com

Runner-up
Richard Elliot, Channel 2/WSB-TV
www.wsbtv.com

Best columnist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Hollis Gillespie

www.hollisgillespie.com


Runner-up
Jay Bookman, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog

Best Columnist Not Found in the Pages of the AJC (or Creative Loafing) BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
David O'Brien's Braves Blog

Best Columnist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Hollis Gillespie

Best Columnist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Hollis Gillespie

Best Columnist Not Published in Creative Loafing BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Jay Bookman
Last year, we dubbed AJC Editorial Page Editor Cynthia Tucker “best columnist”; six months later she won the slightly less prestigious Pulitzer Prize. Coincidence? We think not. This year, we’re granting CL’s honor to Tucker’s deputy editorial page editor.more...

Last year, we dubbed AJC Editorial Page Editor Cynthia Tucker “best columnist”; six months later she won the slightly less prestigious Pulitzer Prize. Coincidence? We think not. This year, we’re granting CL’s honor to Tucker’s deputy editorial page editor. JAY BOOKMAN attacks his topics with a strong sense of justice, well-aimed wit and even wisdom, as he did with a July column slyly protesting the hypocrisy of the district attorney who prosecuted teenager Genarlow Wilson for having sex with another teenager. Over the years, Bookman has particularly distinguished himself with fair-minded, powerful columns on the Iraq fiasco and Georgia’s disastrous transportation policies — both of which he saw coming with painful clarity. We can’t say this will lead to a Pulitzer, but there is a precedent.


www.ajc.com

less...

Best Columnist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Cynthia Tucker
Ever the fair-minded, we excluded CL’s own columnists for critics’ consideration in this category. But that shouldn’t detract from our admiration for AJC Editorial Page Editor CYNTHIA TUCKER. Tucker sometimes is dismissively tagged as the daily’s liberal columnistmore...

Ever the fair-minded, we excluded CL’s own columnists for critics’ consideration in this category. But that shouldn’t detract from our admiration for AJC Editorial Page Editor CYNTHIA TUCKER. Tucker sometimes is dismissively tagged as the daily’s liberal columnist (which anyone might be, compared to GOP shill Jim Wooten). But those who’ve read her with an open mind over the past 20 years knows her as a remarkably independent voice of reason. She produces timely and often courageous columns that dare to expose the clay feet of such local idols as Cynthia McKinney and the King family. Yet she’s no bomb-thrower; she chooses her words carefully, her tone is moderate, her arguments are persuasive and her positions have been remarkably consistent. She was among the first to publicly call out Bill Campbell; she never wavered from that opinion and darned if she wasn’t proven to be right on the money. We are a stronger community on account of her.
www.ajc.com.

less...

Best Columnist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Hollis Gillespie
Creative Loafing

Best Local Columnist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Andisheh Nouraee
Creative Loafing

Best Local Columnist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Bill Shipp
Seventy-two-year-old BILL SHIPP has been kicking ass for more than five decades. His column is syndicated in 85 Georgia newspapers and regularly beats the AJC on important statewide stories. He started his career at UGA in 1952 by exposing a local whorehouse and the school’s rundown veteran’smore...
Seventy-two-year-old BILL SHIPP has been kicking ass for more than five decades. His column is syndicated in 85 Georgia newspapers and regularly beats the AJC on important statewide stories. He started his career at UGA in 1952 by exposing a local whorehouse and the school’s rundown veteran’s housing. Shipp then got booted from the school paper for advocating in favor of law school integration. After four decades with the Atlanta Constitution, he started his own political newsletter, put it online, and then sold it. And even now, he’s still so aggressive that Gov. Sonny Perdue’s staff won’t speak to him. www.onlineathens.com/staff/shipp.shtml. less...

Best Columnist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Michael Skube - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The AJC's former book columnist was clearly the city's most intelligent and erudite literary ombudsman, and perhaps its most ethereal and eccentric. You could actually learn something by reading his Sunday columns, and the fact that he cared enough to put hard work and much thought into them really showed.more...
The AJC's former book columnist was clearly the city's most intelligent and erudite literary ombudsman, and perhaps its most ethereal and eccentric. You could actually learn something by reading his Sunday columns, and the fact that he cared enough to put hard work and much thought into them really showed. Too bad he's gone. less...

Best Columnist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Lucy Soto - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The hands-down winner is Lucy Soto's "Spotlight" column in the AJC for shining a light on the greed, corruption, swindling, favoritism and downright ick of local government, public institutions and private contractors and their ilk, done in a format that would preclude a lot of important stories frommore...
The hands-down winner is Lucy Soto's "Spotlight" column in the AJC for shining a light on the greed, corruption, swindling, favoritism and downright ick of local government, public institutions and private contractors and their ilk, done in a format that would preclude a lot of important stories from getting in the paper's standard news hole limitations. It's a difficult task, butting heads with the buttheads, but she weasels them out weekly while juggling a lot of ongoing stories. More follow-up would be great, but really, it's the best thing in the paper. Every Monday, local news section, front page. less...

Browse Winners by Category

After Dark
After Dark
Cityscape
Cityscape
Consumer Culture
Consumer Culture
Index
Index
Oral Pleasures
Oral Pleasures
Poets, Artists & Madmen
Poets, Artists & Madmen