|Congratulations to This Year's Writing Award Winners!
This year, the ASJA Awards, honoring the outstanding nonfiction work produced on a freelance basis during the past year, are being presented online. One category was reported each day on ASJA’s Facebook page, on Twitter @ASJAhq and on Instagram @ASJAhq, giving members more time to read each piece. All award-winners can be found on
Thank you to everyone who submitted entries and congratulations to the winners! Today, we post the final group of winners here:
The Arlene Award for an Article That Made A Difference — "How Japan Undermines Efforts to Stop the Illegal Ivory Trade,” by Rachel Nuwer in National Geographic
WHAT THE JUDGES SAID: Nuwer's story was a well-reported and compelling account of how Japan enabled the global ivory trade as a result of lax regulations. In response to her article, Japan tightened its oversight and Yahoo! Japan, the country's largest online ivory retailer, agreed to stop carrying ivory listings on its platform.
The Donald Robinson Memorial Award for Investigative Journalism — “Worse Than a Death Sentence,” by Rohini Mohan, in Type Investigations/Vice News
WHAT THE JUDGES SAID: The article sheds light on India's opaque Foreigners Tribunals through which millions of Muslim residents are being stripped of Indian citizenship. Using excellent investigative methods, including getting previously unreleased documents from some courts, Mohan produced important work on a crucial topic.
Biography/History Books — “The Lost Brothers,” by Jack El-Hai, University of Minnesota Press
WHAT THE JUDGES SAID: Jack El-Hai’s “The Lost Brothers” reads like a fast-paced thriller as it explores the history of the mystifying disappearance of three young Minneapolis boys in 1951. El-Hai brings to life in vivid detail the boys and their family, as well as the law enforcement personnel who tried for years to solve this baffling case. Top-notch story telling.
Honorable Mention: Battle for the Marble Palace: Abe Fortas, Earl Warren, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and the Forging of the Modern Supreme Court, by Michael Bobelian, Schaffner Press
WHAT THE JUDGES SAID: Michael Bobelian tells the stories of Supreme Court nominations since 1964, and how each has shaped the court and our nation. Not an easy topic, but his splendid research and clear writing make this book an easy read.
Children’s Books/Young Adult Books — “Enemy Child, the Story of Norman Mineta, a Boy Imprisoned in a Japanese American Internment Camp During World War II,” by Andrea Warren, published by Holiday House
WHAT THE JUDGES SAID: Warren tells the story of how the United States wronged its own citizens during World War II. She weaves grim details of camp life with the matter-of-fact, glass-half-full memories of this decorated veteran, senator and Secretar more
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