The Atlantic’s 2024 National Magazine Award Winners and Finalists

April 3, 2024, 4:54 PM ET

For the third consecutive year, The Atlantic won the top honor of General Excellence for a News, Sports, and Entertainment publication at the 2024 National Magazine Awards.

Below is a list of the stories that received recognition from the American Society of Magazine Editors:

Winner: Profile Writing

Inside the Meltdown at CNN

Chris Licht, former chair and CEO, CNN Worldwide in a control room
Mark Peterson / Redux for The Atlantic

By Tim Alberta

CEO Chris Licht felt he was on a mission to restore the network’s reputation for serious journalism. How did it all go wrong?

Winner: Columns and Essays

The Ones We Sent Away

Photo-illustration by Oliver Munday. Courtesy of Rona Senior.
Photo-illustration by Oliver Munday. Courtesy of Rona Senior.

By Jennifer Senior

For The Atlantic’s September 2023 issue, Senior wrote about her aunt Adele, who was institutionalized as a toddler because of an intellectual disability, and the life she could have lived.

Winner: Reviews and Criticism

The Death of the Sex Scene,” “Porn Set Women Up From the Start,” and “Madonna Forever

A still from the Starz comedy "Minx"

By Sophie Gilbert

A collection of probing essays exploring womanhood in pop culture.

Finalist:  Feature Writing

Jenisha From Kentucky

The Atlantic's October 2023 cover
Didier Viodé

By Jenisha Watts

When Watts moved to New York to pursue journalism, she hid her past. For The Atlantic’s October 2023 cover story, she wrote about her tumultuous childhood in Kentucky, and the freedom that writing offered her.

Finalist: Single-Topic Issue:

To Reconstruct the Nation

The Atlantic's December 2023 cover
Jon Key

The Atlantic’s December 2023 issue was led by Vann R. Newkirk II and included pieces from Lonnie G. Bunch III, Drew Gilpin Faust, Eric Foner, Adam Harris, Peniel E. Joseph, Vann R. Newkirk II, and Jordan Virtue on America’s most radical experiment. Plus: a new play by Anna Deavere Smith, David W. Blight annotates Frederick Douglass, and more.

Winner: Best Print Illustration

Jenisha From Kentucky

painted portrait of a Black woman with red lipstick on gray background
Didier Viodé

Illustration by Didier Viodé

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