Woman Around Town once again has been singled out for journalism excellence with a 2016 award from the New York Press Club. Charlene Giannetti won in the Food Writing category for her review of Elizabeth Minchilli’s book, Eating Rome. (See the story.) Charlene, Woman Around Town’s co-founder and editor, has now won seven Press Club Awards. The site has won a total of 20 awards, consistency winning annually since its founding in 2009.
“Now in our eighth year, Woman Around Town continues to celebrate and promote excellent writing on the Internet,” said Publisher Debra Toppeta. “Charlene is to be commended, not only for her writing, but for continuing to work with all our writers to make sure our stories continue to meet the standards we established when launching Woman Around Town.”
Charlene, a graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Communications, began her career working for a newspaper in Pennsylvania and then wrote for several publications in Washington, D.C., covering environment and energy policy. She was an editor for Business Week magazine in New York and her articles have appeared in a wide variety of publications. 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! In February, 2017, Globe Pequot Press will publish The Plantations of Virginia, a collaboration between Charlene and Jai Williams, a Woman Around Town contributing writer and photographer, who also took the photos for the book which focuses on more than 40 plantations in the state.
The awards will be presented on Monday, June 6, at the Water Club.