Woman Around Town Celebrates
Four Awards from the Press Club

The New York Press Club honored its own at the Water Club on Monday evening, June 11, recognizing excellence in writing by the city’s news outlets. This year, Woman Around Town nabbed four awards, the third successive year the website has been singled out for its outstanding writing. (Photo top from left, Alix Cohen, Charlene Giannetti, and Merry Sheils).

Deborah Koenigsberger and Charlene Giannetti

For the second year in a row, Woman Around Town’s Editor Charlene Giannetti received the Rev. Mychal Judge Heart of New York Award, this time for her profile of Deborah Koenigsberger, founder of the non profit Hearts of Gold that helps homeless women and their families. Deborah attended the dinner to share in the honor. Charlene also won an award in the Sports News category for her story, “Mickey Mantle—Reluctant Hero.”

Alix Cohen and her mother Barbara Lyons

Alix Cohen was recognized for the third year, this time in the Entertainment News category for her story, “Marching to Save Mother Earth,” a review of a Taylor Mac production at LaMama Theater.

Woman Around Town Publisher Debra Toppeta and Merry Sheils

For the second year running, Merry Sheils won for her financial reporting, this year for her three-part series on Hedge Funds.

Press Club President Larry Seary (above) presented the awards to the winners which included writers from newspapers, magazines, radio, television, and the internet. The contest attracted more than 400 submissions.

For the complete list of winners, visit the Press Club’s website.

About Charlene Giannetti (839 Articles)
Charlene Giannetti, editor of Woman Around Town, is the recipient of seven awards from the New York Press Club for articles that have appeared on the website. A graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Charlene began her career working for a newspaper in Pennsylvania, then wrote for several publications in Washington covering environment and energy policy. In New York, she was an editor at Business Week magazine and her articles have appeared in many newspapers and magazines including the New York Times. She is the author of 12 non-fiction books, eight for parents of young adolescents written with Margaret Sagarese, including "The Roller-Coaster Years," "Cliques," and "Boy Crazy." She and Margaret have been keynote speakers at many events and have appeared on the Today Show, CBS Morning, FOX News, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and many others. Her new book, "The Plantations of Virginia," written with Jai Williams, was published by Globe Pequot Press in February, 2017. Charlene divides her time between homes in Manhattan and Alexandria, Virginia.

1 Comment on Woman Around Town Celebrates
Four Awards from the Press Club

  1. Sarah D. Mathews // June 13, 2012 at 1:53 pm //

    Congratulations to all of you ladies! You all look fabulous. What a wonderful celebration!


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