Columbus Alive, Columbus CEO, Columbus Monthly and Columbus Parent were recognized in the annual All Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards.

Dispatch Magazines collected 42 awards, including 18 first-place distinctions, in the 2020 All Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards. Winners of the annual statewide contest, which is presented by the Press Club of Cleveland, were announced Aug. 7. 

Dispatch Magazines publications won the top award in three of the prestigious “Best in Ohio” categories. Columbus CEO was named Best Magazine in Ohio. Columbus Alive took top honors for Best Non-Daily Newspaper in Ohio: Alternative. Columbus Monthly designer Betsy Becker won Best in Ohio: Page Design. 

Overall, Columbus Monthly won 20 awards (eight first places), Columbus Alive took 12 (four firsts), Columbus CEO received eight (five firsts) and Columbus Parent got two (one first). 

Five of those awards are in the Open Print division, in which all publications—regardless of type or circulation class—compete against each other. Columbus Monthly nabbed two first-place Open Print wins, Columbus CEO received one and Columbus Alive earned two third-place honors.

Here are all of the award winners:

FIRST PLACE

Columbus Alive, Best in Ohio: Best Non-Daily Newspaper in Ohio: Alternatives 

Columbus Alive, Non-Daily Newspapers: Features, General, “The lost art of listening,” Joel Oliphint 

Columbus Alive, Non-Daily Newspapers: Arts & Entertainment, “Acclaimed conductor Alessandro Siciliani at center of sexual misconduct complaints,” Andy Downing 

Columbus Alive, Non-Daily Newspapers: Community/Local Coverage, “Multiple women accuse Actual Brewing founder Fred Lee of sexual assault,” Andy Downing 

Columbus CEO, Best in Ohio: Best Magazine in Ohio 

Columbus CEO, Open Print: Technology Writing, “Bold Penguin Putting People First,” Katy Smith 

Columbus CEO, Business Publications: Features, Personality Profile, “Saving Franklin County,” Katy Smith 

Columbus CEO, Business Publications: Public Investigation, “How to Make It: Advice From Four Women,” Chloe Teasley 

Columbus CEO, Photography: Studio Photography—All Others, Rob Hardin 

Columbus Monthly, Best in Ohio: Page Design, Betsy Becker 

Columbus Monthly, Open Print: Analysis, After Epstein, Dave Ghose 

Columbus Monthly, Open Print: Food Writing, “The Pepperoni Kings of Columbus,” Jill Moorhead 

Columbus Monthly, General Circulation Magazines: News, “Fallen Angels,” Suzanne Goldsmith 

Columbus Monthly, General Circulation Magazines: Features, Personality Profile, “Jasmin’s Escape,” Suzanne Goldsmith 

Columbus Monthly, General Circulation Magazines: Sports, “Will McKinney’s Way,” Chris Gaitten 

Columbus Monthly, Photography: Portrait/Personality—All Others, “We Are The (Obscure) Champions,” Tim Johnson 

Columbus Monthly, Photography: Photo Journalism—All Others, “Where Time Stands Still,” Tim Johnson 

Columbus Parent, Visuals: Single Page Design—Magazine, "Family Faves," Alyse Pasternak 

SECOND PLACE

Columbus Monthly, Best in Ohio: Staff reporter, Chris Gaitten 

Columbus Monthly, Best in Ohio, Page Design, Alyse Pasternak 

Columbus Monthly, Best in Ohio: Photographer, Tim Johnson 

Columbus Monthly, Best in Ohio: Best Magazine in Ohio 

Columbus Monthly, Visuals: Covers, General Circulation Magazines, Hidden Columbus, Betsy Becker 

Columbus Monthly, General Circulation Magazines: Features, Art, “Maggie Smith Keeps Moving,” Laura Arenshield 

Columbus Alive, Best in Ohio: Reviews/Criticism, Andy Downing 

Columbus Alive, Non-Daily Newspapers: Features, Personality Profile, “Remembering Amber Evans,” Andy Downing 

Columbus Alive, Non-Daily Newspapers: Public Service, “Multiple women accuse Actual Brewing founder Fred Lee of sexual assault” 

Columbus Alive, Non-Daily Newspapers: Arts & Entertainment, “Artist DonCee is cut from a different cloth,” Joel Oliphint 

Columbus Alive, Photography: Studio Photography—All Others, Bagel Stack, Tim Johnson 

Columbus CEO, Visuals: Covers, Business Publications, High Retail, Yogesh Chaudhary 

Columbus Parent, General Circulation Magazines: Departments or Columns, "The Modern Momma," Kristy Eckert 

THIRD PLACE

Columbus Monthly, Visuals: Single Page Design—Magazines, Money, Betsy Becker 

Columbus Monthly, Visuals: Spread or Multiple Page—Magazines, High Hopes, Betsy Becker 

Columbus Monthly, General Circulation Magazines: News, “The Battle for the Octagon,” Chris Gaitten 

Columbus Monthly, General Circulation Magazines: Features, General, “The Defining Decade,” Staff 

Columbus Monthly, General Circulation Magazines: Features, Consumer, “High Hopes,” Chris Gaitten, Dave Ghose, Suzanne Goldsmith, Emma Henterly 

Columbus Monthly, General Circulation Magazines: Food, “Burger Madness,” G.A. Benton, Nicholas Dekker, Erin Edwards, Chris Gaitten 

Columbus Alive, Open Print: Single Essay, “A dozen years with Bon Iver,” Joel Oliphint 

Columbus Alive, Open Print: Obituary, “Final dispatch from the comics reporter,” Andy Downing 

Columbus Alive, Non-Daily Newspapers: Features, General, “The disappearance of Tyler Davis,” Andy Downing 

Columbus CEO, Best in Ohio: Best Business Publication, staff 

Columbus CEO, General Circulation Magazines: Features, Personality Profile, “Saving Franklin County,” Katy Smith