2015 North American Travel Journalist Association Awards Announced

Published on: February 11, 2016 | Last Updated on February 11, 2016



In its 2015 annual awards competition, the North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) announced that Irene S. Levine, creator of, won a Bronze award.

You can read her winning entry on “social dining” here, The Case for Eating with Strangers When Traveling. This story was published by the PBS website, Next Avenue (assigning editor Sue Campbell).

Awards were given to publications, travel writers, and photographers whose work was published in print, electronic and online media from October 2014 through September 2015. The competition, now in its 24th year, honors the “best of the best” in travel journalism.

Irene was also named a finalist in the category of high circulation domestic travel newspapers for her article in the Chicago Tribune Travel Section on dining in Lyon, Lyon Harbors the Best of French Cuisine (assigning editor Ross Werland).

Grand Prize winners were the magazine Private Clubs; journalist/photographers Andrew McCarthy, Mindy Poder, and Gary Arndt; and the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism. A complete list of 2015 winners can be seen here.

Irene also received Gold, Silver, Bronze and finalist awards from NATJA for articles published in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Irene was also a Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) 2015 Lowell Thomas Award winner.

  • Reply
    Debbra Dunning Brouillette
    February 11, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    Congratulations, Irene, on your awards! I just read your article on eating with strangers while traveling and I love the concept! I have saved the article for future reference so I will have all the links you’ve mentioned.

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      Irene S. Levine
      February 11, 2016 at 2:43 pm

      Thanks for your lovely note. I think that social dining is such a neat concept!

      Best, Irene

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    Sand In My Suitcase
    February 13, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Well-deserved congrats to you, Irene! Your article on social dining is great – highlighting a really interesting trend. In the vein of meeting neighbors where you live, we have friends in Calgary who belong to a neighborhood club – where once a month, one couple hosts 3 other couples for dinner at their home, and usually these are people in the neighborhood you don’t know. A fun way to get to know your neighbors!

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