Christopher Hitchens Wins National Magazine Award for Columns About Cancer

May 10th, 2011

by Vanity Fair
May 10, 2011, 10:45 AM
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Vanity Fair’s parent company, Condé Nast, was well represented at last night’s National Magazine Awards, held in New York and hosted by Katie Couric. Our sister titles GQ, W, and The New Yorker all came away with one “Ellie” each (the name comes from the Alexander Calder–designed trophy’s elephant shape), as did Vanity Fair, for a trio of brave, bitingly honest columns by Christopher Hitchens concerning his ongoing cancer treatment.

V.F. editor Graydon Carter began the evening with a heartfelt tribute to Tim Hetherington, a contributing photographer at this magazine, and Chris Hondros, who were killed last month in Misrata, Libya. “Their sacrifices ennoble our work,” he said. “Let us make sure they are not forgotten.”

Among the other major winners were National Geographic (Magazine of the Year); New York, Los Angeles, and Scientific American (General Excellence in varying categories); and Harper’s, which upset Rolling Stone in the Reporting category. Congratulations to all the winners.