John Avlon to Host 2019 Ellie Awards

CNN commentator to present National Magazine Awards on March 14; Adam Moss to Be Honored

NEW YORK, NY (March 8)—Sid Holt, chief executive of the American Society of Magazine Editors, today announced that the 54th annual Ellie Awards will be hosted by John Avlon, a senior political analyst at CNN and the former editor in chief of The Daily Beast. More than 500 magazine editors and publishers are expected to attend the awards presentation at Brooklyn Steel, a music venue in Williamsburg, New York, on Thursday, March 14.

This year the Ellie Awards will also include the induction of the long-time editor in chief of New York magazine, Adam Moss, into the Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame. Under Moss’ leadership, New York has won 40 National Magazine Awards, including the 2013 award for Magazine of the Year. Moss announced in January that he would step down as editor in chief of New York at the end of March.

“The Ellie Awards are one of the biggest nights of the year for magazine journalists,” said Holt. “We’ll be honoring nearly 70 different titles, ranging from The New Yorker and Martha Stewart Living to Deadspin and Broadly, so we’re lucky to have a host who knows from both print and digital. John Avlon is a distinguished journalist and a terrific writer—plus, he’s a former National Magazine Awards judge—so he’s sure to bring a new spirit to the evening.”

John Avlon is an author, columnist and commentator. He is a senior political analyst and fill-in anchor at CNN, appearing on “New Day” every morning. From 2013 to 2018, he was the editor in chief and managing director of The Daily Beast, during which time the site won 17 journalism awards while its traffic doubled to more than 1 million readers a day.

Avlon is the author of the books “Independent Nation: How Centrists Can Change American Politics,” “Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe Is Hijacking America” and “Washington’s Farewell: The Founding Father’s Warning to Future Generations” as well as co-editor of the “Deadline Artists” anthologies of America’s greatest newspaper columns. Avlon served as chief speechwriter to New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and won the National Society of Newspaper Columnists award for best online column in 2012.

Avlon is married to Margaret Hoover, the host of “Firing Line” on PBS, a CNN commentator and the author of “American Individualism: How a New Generation of Conservatives Can Save the Republican Party.” They live in New York City with their son, Jack, and daughter, Toula Lou.

The National Magazine Awards for Print and Digital Media—known as the Ellies, for the elephant-shaped statuette presented to each winner—are the most prestigious awards for magazine journalism in the United States. Originally limited to print magazines, the awards now recognize magazine-quality journalism published in any medium. Founded in 1966, the awards are sponsored by the American Society of Magazine Editors in association with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and are administered by ASME.

Two hundred seventy-nine regional and national publications entered the awards this year, submitting 699 print, 560 digital and 141 multiplatform entries. The awards were judged by 297 journalists and educators, who met at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York in mid-January to choose finalists and winners in each of 22 Ellie Award categories.

Ellie Awards ticket sales provide support for the Osborn Elliott Scholarship at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Named in honor of the former Newsweek editor, ASME president and Columbia dean, the scholarship is awarded to students who intend to pursue careers in magazine journalism. To purchase tickets, email [email protected] or call Wise & Company at 212.938.1032.

About ASME

The American Society of Magazine Editors is the principal organization for magazine journalists in the United States. The members of ASME include the editorial leaders of most major consumer and business magazines published in print and on digital platforms. Founded in 1963, ASME works to defend the First Amendment, protect editorial independence and support the development of journalism. ASME sponsors the National Magazine Awards for Print and Digital Media in association with the Columbia Journalism School and publishes the ASME Guidelines for Editors and Publishers.

About Columbia Journalism School

For over a century, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism has been preparing journalists with instruction and training that stresses academic rigor, ethics, journalistic inquiry and professional practice. Founded with a gift from Joseph Pulitzer, the school opened its doors in 1912 and offers master of science, master of arts and doctor of philosophy degrees. Learn more at


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