The Week: Most Recent Opinion Awards recent posts.en-usWed, 11 May 2011 18:18:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Opinion Awards from THE WEEKWed, 11 May 2011 18:18:00 -0400Watch the 8th annual Opinion Awards</P><p>This year's awards ceremony were held on May 11, at The W Hotel in Washington, D.C. David Gregory <em></em> hosted the ceremony.</p><p><object id="utv160509" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" width="480" height="296"><param name="flashvars" value="autoplay=false&amp;brand=embed&amp;cid=3826016&amp;v3=1" /><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="movie" value="" /><embed id="utv160509" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="480" height="296" src="" flashvars="autoplay=false&amp;brand=embed&amp;cid=3826016&amp;v3=1" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" name="utv_n_630487"></embed></object><br />Live Video streaming by Ustream</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 11 May 2011 18:18:00 -0400The 8th annual Opinion Awards<img src="" /></P><p><em>The Week</em> Opinion Awards are the <em>only</em> awards recognizing and celebrating the nation&rsquo;s best opinion writing.</p><p><em>The Week</em> Opinion Awards are an expansion of the magazine&rsquo;s editorial mission: To select and highlight reasoned, lucid, and insightful commentary, and to encourage intelligent dialogue about current events in a nonpartisan atmosphere.<br /><br /><em>The Week</em> provides its readers with the best current-events commentary from the Left and the Right, from the United States and abroad. As the media landscape becomes increasingly polarized, <em>The Week</em> Opinion Awards encourage excellence among the opinion...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 10 May 2011 18:03:00 -0400Peggy Noonan: Columnist of The Year<img src="" /></P><p>We are absolutely certain that Peggy Noonan is a conservative. Yet we&rsquo;re never completely sure where she&rsquo;s going to come down on a given issue. In an era of rigid polarization, she embraces the nearly lost art of openmindedness. It&rsquo;s one reason her columns in <em>The Wall Street Journal</em> are so engaging. As the late Tim Russert once said of Noonan, &ldquo;The only predictable thing about her column is its unpredictability.&rdquo;<br /><br />Which is not to say that Noonan pulls her punches. She is well-known as a harsh critic of George W. Bush and an even harsher critic of Hillary Clinton.Noonan...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 10 May 2011 18:00:00 -0400Tom Toles: Cartoonist of the Year<img src="" /></P><p><strong>A Punch Line That Packs a Punch</strong></p><p>At first glance, Tom Toles&rsquo;s political cartoons look harmless enough. His simple, bold lines form rounded characters and landscapes that are almost completely devoid of detail. But don&rsquo;t let his whimsical drawing style fool you. &ldquo;Toles&rsquo;s disarming doodles belie his intent,&rdquo; says editorial cartoonist Rob Rogers, winner of last year&rsquo;s Editorial Cartoonist of the Year award. &ldquo;Like a cute little dog that lunges for your jugular.&rdquo;<br /><br />Just ask the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In 2006, they wrote a letter condemning a Toles cartoon...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 10 May 2011 17:57:00 -0400John Sides and The Monkey Cage: Blogger of The Year<img src="" /></P><p><strong>The Politico&rsquo;s Politico</strong></p><p>Nate Silver became a superstar during the 2008 election by bringing serious statistical rigor to the horse-race coverage of presidential polling. John Sides, co-founder and driving spirit of <em>The Monkey Cage</em>, is doing the same thing for voter behavior, injecting the wisdom of the academy into everyday political discourse.<br /><br />When Sides helped launch the blog in 2007, the goal was to publicize political science research by posting links to articles and other academic works that intrigued him, along with his reactions. But Sides, an assistant professor of political science...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 10 May 2011 17:55:00 -0400Watch video of the 2011 Opinion Awards<img src="" /></P><p><em>The Week</em> Opinion Awards, which celebrate the nation's best opinion writing, were held on May 11 at The W Hotel in Washington, D.C. David Gregory hosted the ceremony, where Peggy Noonan was crowned top columnist, Tom Toles top cartoonist, and John Sides top blogger of the year. Gregory also interviewed Austan Goolsbee, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors, and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). Here, some highlights from the event:</p><p>A recap of the event that includes a section of Sir Harold Evans' introductory remarks, and reflections from some prominent attendees.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div ><div ><iframe rel="" src="" width="420" height="451" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowtransparency="true"></iframe></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Noonan...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffSun, 08 May 2011 12:18:00 -0400Columnist of the Year finalists<img src="" /></P><p><strong>Radley Balko</strong><br />Balko is a senior editor at <em>Reason</em> magazine and <em></em> Previously he was a policy analyst for the Cato Institute. He is best known for his groundbreaking reporting on overuse of SWAT teams in police raids. <br /><br />Excerpt<em>: On the morning of May 16, a Detroit police officer fatally shot 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones in the throat during a police raid on her home. The police were looking for a homicide suspect. They found him in the apartment above the one where Stanley-Jones was shot, where he surrendered without violence. In response, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing cautioned last week not to...</em></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 06 May 2011 17:10:00 -0400Cartoonist of the Year finalists<img src="" /></P><p><strong>Steve Breen</strong><br />Breen has been the editorial cartoonist for <em>The San Diego Union-Tribune</em> since 2001. His work is nationally syndicated by Creators News Service and regularly appears in <em>USA Today, The New York Times, </em>and <em>Newsweek. </em>Breen is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning (1998, 2009). He has a knack for poking fun at his subjects without being mean-spirited. In his spare time, Breen writes and illustrates picture books for Penguin. See some of his cartoons: 1, 2, 3.</p><p><strong>Mike Luckovich</strong><br />Based at <em>The Atlanta Journal-Constitution</em> since 1989, Luckovich is one of the nation&rsquo...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 06 May 2011 17:08:00 -0400Blogger of the Year finalists<img src="" /></P><p><strong>Tyler Cowen</strong><br /><em> </em><br />Cowen&rsquo;s blog serves up economic insights, links to academic research, and commentary. Cowen is a professor at George Mason University, a former New Jersey chess champion, and something of a rock star among fellow econo-bloggers.</p><p><strong>Digby</strong><br /><em></em><br />Digby is the pseudonym of Heather Parton, a liberal political blogger and the founder of the blog Hullabaloo. She has been called one of the &ldquo;leading and most admired commentators&rdquo; of the progressive blogosphere.</p><p><strong>Reihan Salam</strong><br /><em> </em><br />Salam writes <em>The Agenda</em>, a daily blog for the...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 06 May 2011 17:05:00 -0400The Opinion Awards judges<img src="" /></P><p><strong><span >Judges: Columnist of the Year</span><br /></strong></p><p><strong>Sir Harold Evans</strong><br />The former editor of <em>The Sunday Times</em> and <em>The Times of London,</em> Evans is the author of two histories, <em>The American Century</em> and <em>They Made America,</em> and most recently, his memoir, <em>My Paper Chase.</em> He is editor-at-large of <em>The Week.</em></p><p><strong>William Falk</strong><br />Falk is editor-in-chief of <em>The Week.</em> He&rsquo;s been a reporter, editor, and columnist at several newspapers, including <em>Newsday,</em> where he shared a Pulitzer Prize for reporting.</p><p><strong>Margaret Carlson</strong><br />A columnist for <em>Bloomberg News</em> and a frequent contributor to MSNBC, Carlson is Washington editor-at-large of <em>The Week.</em> Before...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 06 May 2011 17:00:00 -0400Past winners of The Week Opinion Awards<img src="" /></P><p><em>The Week</em> congratulates past winners:</p><p><strong>2010</strong><br />Jonathan Chait, Columnist<br />Ezra Klein, Blogger<br />Rob Rogers, Cartoonist<br /><br /><strong>2009</strong><br />David Brooks, Columnist<br />Nate Silver, Blogger<br />Mike Luckovich, Cartoonist<br /><br /><strong>2008</strong><br />Ruth Marcus, Columnist<br />Joshua Micah Marshall, Blogger<br />Mike Luckovich, Cartoonist<br /><br /><strong>2007</strong><br />Michael Kinsley, Columnist<br />Joshua Fruhlinger, Blogger<br />Chip Bok, Cartoonist</p><p><strong>2006</strong><br />Nicholas D. Kristof, Columnist<br />Ed Morrissey, Blogger<br />Mike Luckovich, Cartoonist<br /><br /><strong>2005</strong><br />Peter Beinart, Columnist<br />John Hinderaker, Scott Johnson, <br />&nbsp; Paul Mirengoff, Bloggers<br />Tom Toles, Cartoonist<br />Jonathan Turley, Single-Issue Advocate<br /><br /><strong>2004</strong><br />Thomas L. Friedman, Columnist...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 06 May 2011 16:58:00 -0400The 7th Annual Opinion Awards<img src="" /></P><p><em>The Week</em> Opinion Awards are the <em>only</em> awards to recognize and celebrate the nation's best opinion writing.<br /> <br /> Each year, <em>The Week</em> presents awards in three categories: Columnist of the Year, Editorial Cartoonist of the Year, and Blogger of the Year. Senior editors of <em>The Week</em>, along with a select group of journalists and academics evaluate the candidates looking to acknowledge those who most consistently elevated the level of public discourse. <em>The Week</em>'s Opinion Awards are presented in partnership with the Aspen Institute. Winners are announced at a high-profile invitation-only event in Washington...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 15 Apr 2010 13:05:00 -0400Watch a section of Rahm Emanuel's introduction at the awards dinner</P><p>Rahm Emanuel kicks off the dinner with some positive comments about President Obama's performance and an allusion to his own political aspirations:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div ><div ><iframe rel="" src="" width="420" height="451" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowtransparency="true"></iframe></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 15 Apr 2010 12:44:00 -0400The Opinion Awards judges<img src="" /></P><p><strong>William Falk</strong><br />Falk is editor-in-chief of <em>The Week</em>. He&rsquo;s been a reporter, editor, and columnist at several newspapers, including Newsday, where he shared a Pulitzer Prize for reporting.</p><p><strong>Eric Effron</strong><br />Effron is executive editor of <em>The Week</em>. He earlier served as editor of <em>Brill&rsquo;s Content</em> and editor and publisher of <em>Legal Times</em>.</p><p><strong>Francis Wilkinson</strong><br />Wilkinson is executive editor of <em>The Week</em> and editor of;s bullpen. A former national affairs writer at Rolling Stone, he was a contributor to <em>The New York Times</em>&rsquo; 2008 campaign blog.</p><p><strong>Sir Harold Evans</strong><br />The former editor of The...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 14 Apr 2010 19:23:00 -0400Biographies of this year's Opinion Awards winners</P><p>Watch this year's recipients' acceptance speeches:</p><div><div ><iframe rel="" src="" width="420" height="451" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowtransparency="true"></iframe></div></div><div></div><div><div ><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Jonathan Chait<br /> <span >COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR: <br />Jonathan Chait</span><br />Blog<br />Jonathan Chait takes politics seriously, but serious and somber are two very different things. A senior editor at <em>The New Republic</em>, Chait writes that storied journal&rsquo;s storied &ldquo;TRB&rdquo; column (past stewards include Richard Strout, Michael Kinsley, and Andrew Sullivan), and while he tackles issues of great import, he never lets them weigh him down. <br /><br />Writing with a light touch and an almost palpable sparkle, Chait eschews the anger that marks much of today&rsquo;s opinion...</p></div></div> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 15 Apr 2010 03:22:00 -0400Photos of the 2010 Opinion Awards</P><p>All photos by Neshan H. Naltchayan</p><div>Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Rahm Emanuel, Senator Amy Klobuchar<br /><p>Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Rahm Emanuel, White House Chief of Staff; Senator Amy Klobuchar (D&ndash;Minn.)</p></div><div>Margaret Carlson<br /><p>Margaret Carlson, The Week&rsquo;s Washington Editor-at-Large</p></div><div>Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough<br /><p>Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, co-hosts of MSNBC&rsquo;s Morning Joe</p></div><div>Ezra Klein<br /><p>Ezra Klein, Opinion Award Winner for Best Blogger, blogger for</p></div><div>Bill Falk, Joe Scarborough, Jonathan Chait<br /><p>Bill Falk, Editor-in-Chief, The Week; Joe Scarborough, co-host MSNBC Morning Joe; Opinion Award Winner for Best Columnist Jonathan Chait, writer for The New Republic</p></div><div>Senator Amy Klobuchar, Governor Ed Rendell, Sir Harold Evans<br /><p>Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.); Governor...</p></div> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 12 Apr 2010 19:17:00 -0400