The New Yorker

David Remnick, Editor
Three articles by Doreen St. Félix
The National Geographic Twins and the Falsehood of Our Post-Racial Future,” March 14 at, “The Profound Presence of Doria Ragland,” May 21 at, and “The Ford-Kavanaugh Hearing Will Be Remembered as a Grotesque Display of Patriarchal Resentment,” September 27 at
In these online columns, Doreen St. Felix delivered sharp commentary with historical context. Her sophisticated understanding of the mechanisms of American racism and sexism shed new light on major events, from the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to the Brett Kavanaugh hearings.
The work of the 26-year-old St. Felix is at once measured, sensitive and sharp, proving that the future of cultural commentary is bright. This is The New Yorker’s third National Magazine Award in this category.

The Atlantic

Jeffrey Goldberg, Editor in Chief
Three articles by Caitlin Flanagan
The First Porn President,” May 3 at, “I Believe Her,” September 17 at, and “The Abandoned World of 1982,” September 25 at
The winner of the National Magazine Award for Reviews and Criticism in 2008, Caitlin Flanagan thoughtfully explored the intersection of gender and politics in these columns. Especially affecting was Flanagan’s use of her own high-school sexual assault to examine Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony before the Senate.

The Marshall Project in collaboration with Vice

Bill Keller, Editor in Chief, The Marshall Project
Three “Life Inside” columns
Death Row’s First Ever Talent Show,” by George T. Wilkerson, March 22, “Getting Out of Prison Meant Leaving Dear Friends Behind,” by Robert Wright, May 31, and “What It's Like to Be a Cutter in Prison,” by Deidre McDonald, August 16, at
Through personal essays written by incarcerated people and others with direct experience of the U.S. criminal justice system, The Marshall Project’s “Life Inside” column delivers powerful, poignant accounts of crime and punishment in America.


Tom McGrath, Editor
Three “Crankcase” columns by Sandy Hingston
Alexa. That Bitch,” March, “The White Stuff,” August, and “Hair Piece,” October
Sandy Hingston’s columns take familiar bits of daily life—Amazon’s Alexa or mayonnaise, men’s haircuts—and turn them into clues in witty, delightful investigations of modern existence.


Julia Turner, Editor in Chief
Three “Jurisprudence” columns by Dahlia Lithwick
He Made Us All Victims and Accomplices,” December 13, 2017, “Rob Porter’s History of Domestic Abuse Wasn’t a Secret. It’s Just That No One Cared,” February 8, and “Our System Is Too Broken to Assess the Sexual Assault Claim Against Kavanaugh” September 14
Dahlia Lithwick has been here before—her columns for Slate won the National Magazine Award in 2013. Here she provides an insider’s look at the legal system in the context of the #MeToo movement. Her perspective— and her anger—helps readers understand headline-making issues on a personal level.