Hearst Magazines celebrated its first ever Tower Awards ceremony Tuesday night, honoring Hearst-only publications on editorial excellence in 14 categories. Created by Hearst Magazines president Cathleen P. Black, the Tower Awards were distributed in categories such as Story of the Year, Cover of the Year and Innovation of the Year as well as a special President’s Award.
"With the Tower Awards event, we are celebrating the very best of what our editors produce and giving them a forum to be recognized by their peers," said Black in a statement. "We are extremely proud of this year’s winners and will be displaying the prize winning submissions in the Tower for all Hearst employees to review."
Winners were selected from more than 190 submitted issues produced by Hearst magazines in 2006, while 40 Hearst editors-in-chief, creative/design directors and executive directors participated in preliminary judging. The winners were chosen by a committee of industry members including Hearst Magazines editorial director Ellen Levine, Hearst Magazines editorial talent director Eliot Kaplan, and Susan Lyne, president and CEO of Martha Steward Living Omnimedia.
The complete list of 2007 Tower Awards winners:
Story of the Year: Esquire, June 2006 – "The School"
Best Reporting: Popular Mechanics, March 2006 – "Now What? The Lessons of Katrina"
Public Service: O, The Oprah Magazine, November 2006 – "Please Daddy, No"
How-To Group I (Fashion, Beauty, Travel, Food, Interior Design): Good Housekeeping, September 2006 – "Makeover Miracles"
How-To Group II (Health, Psychology/Self-Improvement, Technology, Finance/Careers, Personal Relationships): Esquire, May 2006 – "The Better Man"
Cover of the Year: Marie Claire, September 2006 – "Meet Maggie Gyllenhaal"
Cover Line of the Year: Quick & Simple, October 2006 – "Why You Need to Eat Chocolate Every Day!"
Best Feature Design: Town & Country, June 2006 – "New Orleans"
Best Photography: Harper’s Bazaar, September 2006
Photo of the Year: Marie Claire, October 2006 – "Night Shift"
Best Regular Section: CosmoGIRL!, Project 2024
Best Special Section: O, The Oprah Magazine, July 2006 – "Reading: A Love Story"
Innovation of the Year: Seventeen, "America’s Next Top Model" partnership.
President’s Award: O, The Oprah Magazine and O at Home for diversity.