medallion_515x439“Foodie Nation,” a magazine cover story article that explored the culinary renaissance in the United States, was nominated for a 2012 James Beard Award in the category Best Food Coverage in a General Publication. The article was one of three finalists, chosen from more than two dozen entries. (READ the article, The Christian Science Monitor, July 11, 2011)


While serving as Opinion Page Editor, the Association of Opinion Page Editors (AOPE) awarded “Best Series” to seven articles by Sue Diaz, mother of a US soldier who served in Iraq. The series ran in The Christian Science Monitor Opinion section between August 22, 2005 and June 30, 2006. The judges commented that these intimate columns about a mother’s concerns for her son at war “touch the heart” and have an “original approach” that is “engaging, compelling.”

The AOPE also gave a “community service” honorable mention for a package of commentary – editorial, cartoon, op-eds, and letters – published during and after Monitor correspondent Jill Carroll’s kidnapping and release in Iraq. The judges said these were “well done and informative without being too emotional or overdone.”


freshly-pressed-rectangleWhere does chocolate come from? Eladio Pop’s jungle farm,” a blog post on, was featured on “Freshly Pressed.”

freshly-pressed-rectanglePink and red current pie“, a blog post on, was featured on “Freshly Pressed.”


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