Journalist of the Year

Winner : LZ Granderson , ESPN and CNN

The 2011 Journalist of the Year is LZ Granderson of ESPN and CNN. Granderson’s work—whether about sports, race, gender, sexual orientation, or a combination of them all—succeeds at being topical and profound, often spurring water cooler (and social media) conversation. His willingness to talk about the intersection of race and sexual orientation makes him a unique voice in the national conversation.

Honorable Mention : Chris Johnson , Washington Blade