Awards

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Teaching a Stone to Fly, Notable Sports Writing; Best American Sports Writing 2018

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Teaching a Stone to Fly , Notable Travel Writing; Best American Travel Writing 2018

Crunch Goes the Cricket, Minnesota Conservation Volunteer; Gold Award, Feature Story, MMPA Excellence Awards 2018

Meeting Like This” in The Rotarian, Best Association/Nonprofit Column; Folio Magazine’s Eddie & Ozzie Award 2018

Beyond Belief” Notable Essay; Best American Essays 2016

Runner, Interrupted,”  “Best of 50 years” anniversary feature; Runner’s World “Select,” 2016

Branding Guyana” Notable Travel Writing; Best American Travel Writing 2015

“What Price Experience?” (The Rotarian) Notable Essays; Best American Essays 2015

The Secret Lives of Stories” Notable Essays; Best American Essays 2014

The Fallout” Notable Travel Writing; Best American Travel Writing 2014

Fall of the Creative Class” Notable Essays; Best American Essays 2013

The Crossing” Notable Travel Writing, Best American Travel Writing 2013

The Reunion” Notable Travel Writing; Best American Travel Writing 2013

The Crossing” awarded Silver Prize for best Foreign Travel Article; Lowell Thomas Award 2013

The Fallout” awarded Bronze Prize for best U.S./Canada Travel Article; Lowell Thomas Award 2013

“Finding His Way” Notable Sports Writing; Best American Sports Writing 2012

The Roads Between Us: A Journey Across Africa,” Notable Travel Writing; Best American Travel Writing 2011

A mind dismembered: In search of the magical penis thieves” selected for Best American Travel Writing 2009

Spirits in the Material World,” Notable Travel Writing; Best American Travel Writing 2008

The Lost World of Nigeria,” Notable Travel Writing; Best American Travel Writing 2008

How to use a Squat Toilet,” awarded Silver Prize, best Service-oriented Consumer Article; Lowell Thomas Award 2007

Test Day” selected for Best American Travel Writing 2004

Runner-up; Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize 2001

Milwaukee Press Club Awards 2004-2007

Print Journalist of the Year,” runner-up, 2007

“Love the One You’re With,” runner up, best short feature, 2007

Magazine Journalist of the Year,” runner-up, 2006

“Sugar Shock,” best public interest story, 2005

“Smell of the 60s” best magazine series, 2005

“Read Between the Lines” best written magazine story, 2004