It was a night to celebrate magazines—and it was a good night for Macleans. The National Magazine Awards Foundation bestowed its Outstanding Achievement Award on Peter C. Newman, the founding editor of Macleans as a newsmagazine.
In a million words or more for the magazine, and in his 20 books, Newman has shaken governments and the Canadian business establishment. He fought fiercely to preserve a special place for Canadian magazines. Had he not assumed the editorship of the magazine in 1971 (a post he held for 11 years) and converted it to a weekly in 1978, Macleans likely would not have survived. And as a refugee from the horrors of Hitler, he brought the passion of a convert to his new country, holding it up to close scrutiny when it needed that, providing comfort in times of national strife. And he continues to write monthly.
In all, the foundation awarded gold and silver medals in 31 categories. Macleans staff members who received honourable mentions: Assistant Managing Editor Ann Dowsett Johnston and staff for the annual university ranking (two categories), Managing Editor Geoffrey Stevens and contributors for a July 1 historical special, Senior Writer Jane O’Hara for an investigative piece on artist Bill Reid and Sports Editor James Deacon for a profile of Wayne Gretzky. Saturday Night topped the field with seven gold winners, and Chatelaine, our sister publication, was named magazine of the year.
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