Globe writers win Headliner honors

Boston Globe Magazine staff writer Neil Swidey has been recognized with two prominent awards for thorough reporting and fluid storytelling in a series of articles he wrote in 2012.

Swidey won first place in the regional magazine writing category of the Society of Professional Journalists’ annual ­Sigma Delta Chi awards for his July 2012 article “New York vs. Boston: The End Game,” explor­ing the origins and future of the New York vs. Boston ­rivalry.

That piece was part of a package that won him first place in the magazine feature writing category of the 79th ­National Headliner Awards, presented by the Press Club of Atlantic City.


His contest entry also included a March 2012 profile of antitax crusader ­Grover Norquist and an October 2012 article about ­PANDAS, an autoimmune disorder linked to obsessive-compulsive disorder in children.

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“Over the years, Neil’s stories for the Boston Globe Magazine have ranged from gripping narratives to poignant tales, and our readers know that his byline means it’s a must-read,” said magazine editor Susanne Althoff.

“His story on how ­Boston and New York are competing in areas besides sports generated great debate and was ­another example of his reporting and storytelling abilities.”

Seven other Globe staff members, or groups of them, were finalists in their respective Headliner Award categories, includ­ing the team that wrote “68 Blocks: Life, Death, Hope,” about the troubled Bowdoin-Geneva neighborhood of ­Dorchester, which won first place in the journalistic innovation category.

Kevin Cullen placed second in the local interest columns category, Bob Hohler placed third in sports writing, and Yoon S. Byun placed second in news photography.


Casey Ross’s piece “A story of hope, and a lopsided deal,” about a church’s controversial work program for recovering drug addicts, placed second in business commentary and Kay Lazar’s “A rampant prescription, a hidden peril,” on the overuse of psychotropic drugs, placed second in health and science writing.

In the online videography category, the team of Darren Durlach, Scott LaPierre, and Bill Greene placed third for “Composite: Bob Ryan.”

Todd Feathers can be reached at or at @ToddFeathers.