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PPFA Maggie Awards for Media Excellence

The Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) Maggie Awards recognize exceptional contributions by the media and arts and entertainment industries that enhance the public's understanding of reproductive rights and health care issues, including contraception, sex education, teen pregnancy, abortion, and international family planning.

Inaugurated in 1978 and named after Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, the annual awards cover the following categories: Commentary, Daily Print Reporting, Radio Reporting, General Interest Magazine, Women's Magazine, Online Reporting, TV News Reporting, Community/Personal Blog, Social Media, and Arts and Entertainment.

Previous Maggie Award winners are listed below.

PPFA Maggie Award Recipients 2014

    • Daily Print Reporting: Carolyn Jones, formerly of the Texas Observer, for her deeply passionate and incredibly informative coverage of the ongoing attempts to restrict abortion access in Texas
    • Commentary: Jessica Valenti, formerly of The Nation, for her “Body Politic” column, a constant source of original thinking on essential reproductive rights issues and the politics and policies that inform them
    • General Interest Magazine Reporting:  Sarah Stillman, The New Yorker, for her piece, “HIV’s Grip on the American South,” which sheds much-needed light on the HIV epidemic in the Deep South of the United States 
    • Women’s Magazine:  Maya Rhodan, ESSENCE magazine, for her piece, “What We Stand to Lose,” on the various attempts to restrict access to safe and legal abortion in this country and the disproportionate impact this will have on black women
    • TV and Online Reporting:  Irin Carmon, MSNBC, for her powerful piece “The new frontier of the abortion wars,” on the anti-abortion movement in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and her subsequent television reporting on this for MSNBC
    • Online Reporting: Adriana Beorlegui, HolaDoctor, for her extremely informative coverage of the Affordable Care Act throughout the enrollment period and her efforts to educate the Latino community on the benefits of the ACA
    • Social Media Community Activism:  Zerlina Maxwell, #RapeCultureIsWhen, for starting the incredibly powerful #RapeCultureIsWhen conversation via social media and bringing light to an issue long overlooked by traditional media
    • Media Activism: Christopher DiDonato, for his invaluable activist efforts during the Texas filibuster and subsequent events, live-streaming the action on the ground so that supporters across the country could see what was happening in real time
    • Social Media Campaign: Janet Mock, #RedefiningRealness, for creating such a powerful and safe space for trans voices online and beyond through her #RedefiningRealness tumblr page
    • TV Reporting: Dr. Jennifer Ashton, CBS’s The Doctors, for her informative coverage of the Affordable Care Act's many benefits for women, specifically in the “Obamacare 101: How the Affordable Care Act Affects You” episode of The Doctors, which aired in December of 2013
    • Excellence in Media: Cosmopolitan magazine, for their bold coverage and discussions of women's health and the attacks on women's access to safe and legal abortion across the country, both in their print and online editions

PPFA Maggie Award Recipients 2013

• TV News Reporting: Melissa Harris-Perry, MSNBC, for her coverage of the federal and state-level political attacks on women’s health, family planning funding, and health care access
• General Interest Magazine Reporting: Family Circle, for the publication’s coverage, both in print and online, of Let’s Talk Month, encouraging open, healthy discussion between parents and children about issues of sex and sexuality
• Commentary: Katha Pollitt, The Nation, for her “Subject To Debate” column
• Daily/Weekly Print Reporting: Petula Dvorak, The Washington Post, for her sensitive and moving series on transgender children centered around “Transgender at Five”    
• Radio Reporting: Maria Hinojosa, National Public Radio, for her July 2012 piece highlighting the danger posed to women by Mississippi state legislators’ efforts to shut down the last remaining abortion provider in the state
• Women’s Magazine: Gretchen Voss and Lisa Bain, Women’s Health, for “Special Report: Are Your Birth Control Rights Endangered?”
• Print and Online Reporting: Kate Sheppard, Mother Jones, for her Clinics-in-Peril series
• Online Reporting: Katie J.M. Baker, Jezebel, for her ongoing original coverage of reproductive health news and legislation
• TV Documentary: Lauren Bosworth, John Ferriter, Howard Lapides, Dr. Drew Pinsky, David Stanley, and Siobhan Walshe, Executive Producers, I’m Positive, MTV  
• Digital and Social Media: Ultraviolet, for their Rick Ross/Reebok campaign
• Community/Personal Blog: Pamela Merritt, Angry Black Bitch, for her coverage of the death of Anna Brown
• Youth Media: Seventeen, for the publication’s commitment — in print and online — to ensuring its readers have accurate information about sex, healthy relationships, and their bodies

PPFA Maggie Award Recipients 2012

PPFA Maggie Award Recipients 2011

PPFA Maggie Award Recipients 2010

  • Film: Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire 
  • Commentary: Cynthia Tucker, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, for: “Is Abortion a Racist Plot? Of Course Not” and “Ga. Senate’s New Concern for Black Children”
  • News Magazine: The Nation for: “Shotgun Adoption
  • Women's Magazine: Glamour for: “The Serious Health Decision Women Aren’t Talking About
  • Online Reporting: Lynn Harris, Salon.com, for: “Our Daughters Should Not Be Cut”
  • TV News Reporting: The Rachel Maddow Show, MSNBC, for its coverage of the health care reform debate, the murder of Dr. George Tiller and the anti-abortion movement
  • Special Mention: RH Reality Check, for its coverage of the murder of Dr. George Tiller, health care reform and the Stupak amendment, and the anti-choice movement’s targeting of African-American women.

PPFA Maggie Award Recipients 2009

  • The CW TV program Privileged – episode: "All About the Power Position"
  • The American Prospect“America’s AIDS Apartheid” by Kai Wright. Ann Friedman, Editor
  • Glamour“It’s Your Turn to Talk to McCain and Obama” by Cindi Leive, Editor-in-Chief; Jill Herzig, Executive Editor; Linda Kramer Jenning, Washington, DC, Editor; Ellen Kampinsky, News Director; and Geraldine Sealey, Editor
  • The New Republic“Life Sentence,” an article debunking the notion that John McCain is a women’s health moderate by Sarah Blustain. Esther Kaplan, Investigative Fund Editor, and Peter Scoblic, Editor
  • Amanda Robb for her article “Leslee Unruh’s Facts of Life,” published in More, a profile of an anti-choice ideologue
  • Fiorella Valdesolo for her article “Freedom From Choice,” published inNylon, highlighting television’s unrealistic portrayals of abortion
  • Jennifer Wolff Perrine for her article “When There is No Good Choice,” published in SELF, discussing the personal, medical and legal issues surrounding second- and third-trimester abortion
  • Deborah Kotz, for her extensive work in US News & World Report on reproductive health, pregnancy, sex education, and preventive care

PPFA Maggie Award Recipients 2008

  • Kate Walsh, actor, for her extensive advocacy efforts on behalf of affordable family planning services and real sex education
  • ABC-TV for Boston Legal — "The Chicken and the Leg" episode
  • Cosmopolitan, “The Sneaky Threat to Your Fertility,” by Stacey Colino, and “I Have an STD. Now What?” by Gail O’Connor
  • Redbook, “Your (very personal) Health at 20, 30, 40, 50,” by Andrea Cooper
  • Marie Claire, “The Easiest Choice I've Ever Made Is Also the Hardest to Live With,” by Gretchen Voss
  • John Young from the Waco Tribune-Herald for numerous editorials in support of reproductive health and sexuality education
  • Judy Peres for her extensive body of work in support of reproductive rights and sexual health while at the Chicago Tribune

PPFA Maggie Award Recipients 2007

  • Cosmopolitan, "Your Gyno Exam: What to Know Before You Go," by Amanda Pressner
  • Glamour, "New Lies About Women's Health," by Brian Alexander
  • KTVK-TV Channel 3, Phoenix, Arizona, "Sex Education Varies in Arizona's Schools" — two-part series, by Brandy Aguilar, producer
  • New York Daily News, three columns: "Pro-child, pro-choice politics," "Birds, bees belong in school," "Voters choose choice — but now ..."; by Lenore Skenazy

PPFA Maggie Award Recipients 2006

  • PBS Frontline for The Last Abortion Clinic
  • NBC-TV for Boston Legal — "Smile" episode
  • Sheryl McCarthy, columnist — for her extensive body of work in support of reproductive rights and sexual health
  • The Kansas City Star for editorials supporting reproductive justice, family planning, and the right to confidential health care
  • NBC-TV for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit — "Rockabye" episode
  • La Opinión for "Proposición 73 Olvida lo Principal" ("Proposition 73 Overlooks What Is Key")
  • ABC-TV for The George Lopez Show — "Prescription for Trouble" episode
  • Seventeen magazine for "Vagina 101: What's Normal, What's Not"

View PPFA Maggie Award recipients previous to 2006.

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PPFA Maggie Awards for Media Excellence