News & Politics

Read All Our CRMA-Nominated Stories

Catch up on the writing that earned us 15 finalist spots this year.

Nominations for the annual City and Regional Magazine Awards were announced last week, and Washingtonian came away with 15. From Sophie Gilbert’s hilarious account of her experiences joining Mensa to Harry Jaffe’s look at a DC neighborhood hiding underground toxic waste to our multiplatform feature on local hikes and bikes, the works represent a wide range of subjects and storytelling techniques, and we couldn’t be prouder of the recognition. In addition to nominations for Cover Excellence and Excellence Online, Washingtonian Bride & Groom and the Washingtonian Welcome Guide picked up nods in the Ancillary Publication categories. Read all the nominated stories below.


“Talk Nerdy to Me: My Year in Mensa” by Sophie Gilbert

Food or Dining Writing: Todd Kliman

“The Third Course”

“Eater in Chief: Where Barack Obama Should Eat Out During His Second Term”

“The Meaning of Local”


“Angel Is Airborne” by Garrett Graff


“Jeffrey Goldberg, Washington’s Most Pugnacious Journalist” by Paul Starobin

Excellence in Writing: June 2013

“Shot Down” by Shane Harris

“You’re Pretty—You Could Make Some Money” by Marisa Kashino

Leisure/Lifestyle Interests

Fairs, Festivals & Farmers Markets

Civic Journalism

“Children Are Dying” by Alexandra Robbins

“The Toxic Waste Pit Next Door” by Harry Jaffe

Special Issue

Then & Now (November 2013)

Multiplatform Storytelling

“Angel Is Airborne”

“45 Bikes and Hikes”