Marie Claire is burning up the journalism awards circuit. This week, the magazine won two awards and was named as a finalist for a third.
Editor-at-large Abigail Pesta has won a Jane Cunningham Croly Award for Excellence in Journalism Covering Issues of Concern to Women. The award, presented by the General Federation of Womens Clubs, is for Pestas story on honor killings, An American Tragedy, which tells the life story of a young Iraqi-American woman named Noor Almaleki (pictured), who was killed by her Iraqi-born father for refusing to marry a man of her fathers choice. Separately, writer Ralph Blumenthal has won a Sigma Chi Delta Award for Magazine Public Service for his story Still Waiting After All These Years. The award, presented by the Society of Professional Journalists, is for his story about the ongoing problem of untested rape kits in America. Also, Pesta has been named as a finalist for a South Asian Journalists Association Award for her story An American Tragedy, in the category of Outstanding Story About the Worldwide South Asian Diaspora.
The General Federation of Womens Clubs is a Washington D.C.-based organization with 100,000 members and a 120-year history of philanthropy and social and political advocacy. The Society of Professional Journalists is a journalism organization with a 102-year history of promoting journalism and free speech. The South Asian Journalists Association connects and serves more than 1,000 journalists across North America and is headquartered at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in New York.