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Updated: NLGJA names Michael Luongo 'Journalist of the Year'

Freelance writer Michael Luongo has been named Journalist of the Year by the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association.


The NLGJA 2013 Journalist of the Year is Michael Luongo, a freelance journalist, editor and photographer and New York University adjunct professor who teaches travel writing. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Bloomberg News, CNN, National Geographic Traveler, Gay City News, The Advocate, Condé Nast Traveler, Travel+Leisure, Details, Man About World and other publications, with most of his travel writing and international correspondence work concentrating on the Middle East and Latin America.

One Excellence in Journalism Awards judge commented that Michael Luongo "gains amazing access to the Palestinian, Israeli, and Egyptian worlds. His ability to weave a narrative draws the reader into his stories, be they about pinkwashing in Israel, the difficulties of being gay in Palestine, or what became of the out, gay activists in Egypt's manifestation of the Arab Spring. He also shows versatility, reporting on both the gay world for the mainstream media and on the lesser known aspects of straight Arab society in Egypt and the just plain fascinating continued existence of Samaritans in Israel."

Another judge noted: "Luongo produces well-researched and sourced work that simply isn't done by many - even any - other news organizations. His travels potentially put him - and even his subjects - at risk as he pulls together his stories. His work focuses on many under-reported topics and underserved segments, especially of LGBT life."


Special recognition awards:

Journalist of the Year Award

  • First: Michael Luongo, Freelance
  • Second: Chris Geidner, BuzzFeed

Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for the LGBT Journalist of the Year

  • First: Lila Shapiro, The Huffington Post
  • Second: Kate Sosin, Windy City Times

Print/online awards:

Excellence in HIV/AIDS Coverage Award

  • First: Oriol Gutierrez for "Healing the Hurt," POZ Magazine
  • Second: Diane Anderson-Minshall for a series in HIV Plus Magazine

Excellence in News Writing Award

  • First: Kate Sosin for "Generation Halsted, A Special Windy City Times LGBTQ Youth Investigation," with Erica Demarest, Bill Healy and Tracy Baim
  • Second: Chris Johnson for a series on historic LGBT election wins, Washington Blade
  • Third: Timothy Cwiek for his coverage of the Nizah Morris case, Philadelphia Gay News

Excellence in Feature Writing Award

  • First: Mark Johnson for "Uniquely Human: The Science of Gender," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel  
  • Second: Joan Garrett McClane for "A tempest in my soul: A son's secret brings a Baptist minister to his knees," Chattanooga Times Free Press
  • Third: Kathleen Wilkinson for "Close to Her Heart: Glenn Close's Passion Project," Curve Magazine

Excellence in Opinion/Editorial Writing Award

  • First: Kate Riley for a series of same-sex marriage editorials with Lance Dickie, Thanh Tan and Sharon Pian Chan, The Seattle Times
  • Second: Sean Bugg for an opinion writing series, Metro Weekly
  • Third: Kerry Eleveld for "Why Barack Obama Will Be A Better Progressive In His Second Term," The Atlantic

Excellence in Online Journalism Award

  • First: Blake Ellis for a series on same-sex couples financial challenges, CNNMoney
  • Second: Alissa Bohling For "Transgender, Gender Nonconforming People Among First, Most Affected by War on Terror's Biometrics Craze," Truthout
  • Third: Michael Luongo for "Gay Palestinians caught in the middle of conflict," Global Post

Excellence in Multimedia Award

  • First: Olivia Ford for the video series "A Day in the Life," with Mark S. King, Becky Allen and Kellee Terrell, TheBody.com

Excellence in Photojournalism Award

  • First: Preston Gannaway for "Teddy Ebony as a Young Man," The Virginian-Pilot
  • Second: Scott A. Drake for "Gay Blades," Philadelphia Gay News

Excellence in Student Journalism Award

  • First: Sarah Fournier for "Transition leads to Joy," Pavement Pieces
  • Second: Alissa Brouillet for "The LGBT Mind," with Adam Ilenich, Kellie Rowe, Marcela Salvador and Justin Wan, Media Garden

Broadcast awards:

Excellence in Network Television Award

  • First: David Corvo for "Golden Star," with Kate Snow, Charmian Ling, Meghan Frank and Beverly Chase, NBCUniversal
  • Second: Tommy Nguyen for "Josie's Story," with Hoda Kotb, Allison Orr Nicholas Capote and Liz Cole, NBCUniversal

Excellence in Local Television Award

  • First: Joe Fryer for "Same-Sex Marriage in Washington," with Jeff Christian, KING-TV

Excellence in Radio Award

  • First: Julia Scott for "Bon Voyage," KALW 91.7 FM
  • Second: Bob Mondello for "Hollywood's History of Putting Gay Rights on Trial," with Sara Sarasohn and Sami Yenigun, NPR All Things Considered

Awards will be presented August 24 during the NLGJA Awards Reception at Boston: Uncommon, the 2013 NLGJA National Convention and 9th Annual LGBT Media Summit. For more information on the convention in Boston, visit www.nlgja.org/2013/


A previous version of this post incorrectly identified the author of a article on the Washington Blade website, "Fla. congresswoman meets with Cuban LGBT rights activists." That article was written by Michael K. Lavers.


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