History

History of the Opinion Awards

Since 2005, The Week has celebrated the art of passionate perspective. A look back at the honorees — and the experts who singled them out

The Week provides its readers with the most insightful current events commentary from the left and the right, from here and abroad. As the media landscape becomes increasingly polarized, The Week developed the Opinion Awards as a way to establish standards of excellence, and celebrate those opinion journalists who are compelling because they are thoughtful, insightful, and eloquent.

OPINION AWARDS 2009

Panel discussion on the topic of "Will There Ever Be a New Politics" Moderated by Sir Harold Evans

PANELISTS:Senator Lindsey Graham, South CarolinaSenator Claire McCaskill, MissouriEugene Robinson, Associate Editor, The Washington PostJoe Scarborough, Host of "Morning Joe," MSNBC

WINNERSColumnist of the Year: David Brooks, The New York TimesCartoonist of the Year: Mike Luckovich, The Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionBlogger of the Year: Nate Silver, Fivethirtyeight.com 

OPINION AWARDS 2008

Panel discussion on the topic of "How We Pick The President: What's Moving Voters in 2008?" Moderated by Sir Harold Evans

PANELISTSHowell RainesKarl Rove Doug Schoen

WINNERSColumnist of the Year: Ruth Marcus, The Washington PostCartoonist of the Year: Mike Luckovich, The Atlanta Journal ConstitutionBlogger of the Year: Josh Marshall, Talking Points Memo

OPINION AWARDS 2007

Welcome remarks by Benjamin Bradlee Panel discussion on the topic of "America in the World." Moderated by Sir Harold Evans

PANELISTSTucker Carlson, "Tucker," MSNBC Thomas Friedman, The New York TimesJim Lehrer, "The Jim Lehrer NewsHour," PBS Claire Shipman, "Good Morning America," ABC

WINNERSColumnist of the Year: Michael Kinsley, The Washington PostCartoonist of the Year: Chip Bok, The Akron Beacon-JourmalBlogger of the Year: Joshua Fruhlinger, Wonkette; The Comics Curmudgeon

OPINION AWARDS 2006

Welcome remarks by Chris Dodd Panel discussion on the topic of "Covering the Presidency: Are White House Correspondents Real Journalists?" Moderated by Sir Harold Evans Panelists:Tony Blankley, Editorial Page Editor, The Washington TimesMichael Massing, Contributing Editor, Columbia Journalism ReviewMichael McCurry, Former White House Press SecretaryNorah O'Donnell, Chief Washington Correspondent, NBC News Arianna Huffington, The Huffington PostJake Tapper, Correspondent, ABC News

WINNERS:Columnist of the Year: Nicholas Kristof, The New York TimesBlogger of the Year: Ed Morrissey, Captainsquarterblog.comCartoonist of the Year: Mike Luckovich, The Atlanta Journal Constitution

OPINION AWARDS 2005

Welcome remarks by Chuck Hagel, U.S. Senator (R-NE) Panel discussion on the topic of "Is the Media Elite Out of Touch with America?" Moderated by Sir Harold Evans

PANELISTSEd Schultz, "The Ed Schultz Show"Tina Brown, CNBC & The Washington PostMargaret B. Carlson, The WeekPat Robertson, Christian Broadcasting Network

WINNERSColumnist of the Year: Peter BeinartSingle-Issue Advocate of the Year: Jonathan TurleyBloggers of the Year: John Hinderaker, Scott Johnson, Paul Mirengoff for Powelineblog.comCartoonist of the Year: Tom Toles

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