Woman Around Town Wins 2 New York Press Club Awards

The New York Press Club recently announced the recipients of the 2022 New York Press Club Awards for Excellence in Journalism.  Alix Cohen and Maria-Cristina Necula of Woman Around Town each received an award. 

Alix Cohen was awarded the prize in the Entertainment News NYC Metro (internet) category for her two-part story, “Magician Escapist Dorothy Dietrich – Inspired by Houdini” which ran on the site last September. The article profiles the remarkable trajectory of the first woman magician to saw a man in half and the second to do the “bullet catch”- catch a bullet with her teeth.  (Read Part 1 and Part 2 here). 

This award represents Alix’s 10th award from the New York Press Club for articles that have appeared on Woman Around Town. 

Maria-Cristina Necula was awarded the prize in the Critical Arts Review (internet) category for her review of “A Boldly Magnificent and Moving Premiere: Matthew Aucoin’s Eurydice at the Metropolitan Opera” which ran on the site last November.  For Cristina, this opera represented a very special return to the Met after a two-year, pandemic driven absence. Read her review here.  

This is Cristina’s first award from the New York Press Club. Including Cristina’s and Alix’s awards this year, Woman Around Town has received a total 27 awards from the New York Press Club since it’s inception.

On Tuesday June 7, ninety-two award recipients from over 500 entries will gather at the Water Club to celebrate and receive their awards. This is the first time in the last two years that the award ceremony will be in person. In addition to Woman Around Town, media outlets like The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Time Magazine, NBC News, CBS Sunday Morning, to name just a few, will gather at the Water Club to toast their reporters and staff. (See the list of winners here).

Jeff Horwitz and the staff of the Wall Street Journal won the New York Press Club’s top prize, the Gold Keyboard Award, for “The Facebook Files,” a series of investigative stories about the social media site’s awareness of the harmful effects of the site.

The Times Union, an upstate newspaper, was awarded the Gabe Pressman Truth to Power Award for its reporting on then-Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Times Union’s refusal to “go off the record” when pursuing the story.