National Magazine Awards: Nominees and Winners

This year, The Atlantic was nominated in three categories for National Magazine Awards for editorial excellence. Read the nominated articles, along with award-winning Atlantic pieces from previous years.
Winners: 2002

"The Crash of EgyptAir 990" (November 2001)
Two years afterward the U.S. and Egyptian governments are still quarreling over the cause—a clash that grows out of cultural division, not factual uncertainty. A look at the flight data from a pilot's perspective, with the help of simulations of the accident, points to what the Egyptians must already know: the crash was caused not by any mechanical failure but by a pilot's intentional act. By William Langewiesche

"Bystanders to Genocide" (September 2001)
The author's exclusive interviews with scores of the participants in the decision-making, together with her analysis of newly declassified documents, yield a chilling narrative of self-serving caution and flaccid will—and countless missed opportunities to mitigate a colossal crime. By Samantha Power

"Moonrise" (December 2001)
A mother writes about her teenage son, afflicted with muscular dystrophy, and the life he leads, and the one he can look forward to. By Penny Wolfson

Finalists: 2002

"The Hunter's Wife" (May 2001)
"From the hole the smell of bear came to her, like wet dog, like wild mushrooms. The hunter removed some leaves. Beneath was a shaggy flank, a patch of brown fur." By Anthony Doerr

"Digging" (September 2001)
"Father Moran himself hardly has any idea of how lovely she looks to him, at this dusky moment in the kitchen when her aunt Margaret isn't there and he's barely awake and can't tell exactly who he is, priest or man, but he manages to say, 'Here, now, what's this all about?'" By Beth Lorden

"Popular Girls" (October 2001)
"You know who we are. We're Kaethe and Alina, CJ and Sydney. Stephanie. Our hair is blonde or brown or black. Rarely red, rarely curly. It's thick and straight, and falls back into place after we run our fingers through it and hold it away from our faces long enough for you to see our striking eyes. When we do this, you get shivers." By Karen Shepard

"The Wedding Merchants" (February 2001)
Marriage is in Chapter Eleven, but the white wedding is in the black. By Caitlin Flanagan

"The Tabloid Habit" (July/August 2001)
Relentless celebrity coverage is a phenomenon as old as the movies. By Caitlin Flanagan

"Confessions of a Prep School College Counselor" (September 2001)
Our author looks at books about college admissions—and at the unexamined prejudices fueling the "elite" college admissions frenzy. By Caitlin Flanagan

Finalists: 2001

"Health Care: A Bolt of Civic Hope" (October 2000)
In an anti-political time the politics of remedy is still possible. Two congressmen, one liberal, one conservative, both versed in the relevant complexities, agree on the bones of a plan to insure the 44 million Americans without health insurance. By Matthew Miller

"The Million-Dollar Nose" (December 2000)
With his stubborn disregard for the hierarchy of wines, Robert Parker, the straight-talking American wine critic, is revolutionizing the industry—and teaching the French wine establishment some lessons it would rather not learn. By William Langewiesche

"Tyrants" (January 2000)
"She would not meet Stalin's eyes, but she thought he might be smiling. He shifted in his bed to make room and patted a spot on the covers by his leg. He said, 'Can you sit with me?'" By Marshall N. Klimasewiski

"I Am the Grass" (September 2000)
At the end of his first week his feelings of guilt and ambivalence were being replaced by a sense of good will and atonement, as if he and Vietnam were two bad people who had unexpectedly done something nice for each other. By Daly Walker

Finalists: 2000

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"Eden: A Gated Community" (June 1999)
After making a fortune as founder of North Face and Esprit, Douglas Tompkins bought a Yosemite-sized piece of wilderness in Chile, where only he and a like-minded few would live. Tompkins ran into one big problem: other people. By William Langewiesche

Winner: 1999

"Hymn" (July 1998)
Nearly a century has passed since W.E.B. Du Bois identified "the problem of the twentieth century," but as the millennium arrives, the legacy of the color line is palpable in American life. One of the times that line is still deeply inscribed and observed is Sunday morning. By Emily Hiestand

Finalists: 1999

"Who Will Own Your Next Good Idea?" (September 1998)
Some corporations want to lock up copyright even tighter. Some naive intellectuals want to abandon copyright altogether. Where is a "do-nothing" Congress now that we need one? By Charles C. Mann

"The Lessons of ValuJet 592" (March 1998)
As a reconstruction of this terrible crash suggests, in complex systems some accidents may be "normal" -- and trying to prevent them all could even make operations more dangerous. By William Langewiesche

Winner: 1998

"The Computer Delusion" (July 1998)
There is no good evidence that most uses of computers significantly improve teaching and learning, yet school districts are cutting programs—music, art, physical education—that enrich children's lives to make room for this dubious nostrum, and the Clinton Administration has embraced the goal of "computers in every classroom" with credulous and costly enthusiasm. By Todd Oppenheimer

Finalists: 1998

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"There Was a Time" (February 1997)
"'Bulls are unpredictable,' my father said. 'They can be as nice as can be one day, and for no reason take you out the next. They can go crazy in the spring.'" By Christina Adam

"Satan: Hijacker of the Planet" (August 1997)
The stars are the eyes of God, and they have been watching us from the beginning of the world. Do you think there isn't an eye for each of us? Go on and count. By Louise Erdrich

"The Banks of the Vistula" (September 1997)
How could she win an argument against somebody with an early training in propaganda? She had to resort finally to the truth, that rinky-dink little boat in the great sea of persuasion. By Rebecca Lee

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