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Lisa Ben Award for Achievement in Features Coverage


The NLGJA Lisa Ben Award for Achievement in Features Coverage is designed to honor a journalist whose body of work is distinguished by insight and impact through engaging features on LGBTQ individuals, the LGBTQ community or LGBTQ issues.

The award is named for the pseudonym Edythe Eyde used for her pioneering publication, Vice Versa, which she had to hand deliver to avoid running afoul of laws on the books that made it illegal to send material about lesbians through the mail. In the 1950s she wrote under with the pen name Lisa Ben for The Ladder, the first nationally distributed lesbian magazine.

Lisa Ben was inducted into the NLGJA Journalists Hall of Fame in 2010 for her work that paved the way for many LGBTQ journalists to follow.



Past Winners

Claudia Eller

Claudia Eller was the recipient of the 2019 Lisa Ben Award. She is the editor-in-chief of Variety. Eller is among the best known and most respected journalists in the entertainment industry. She came to Variety from The Los Angeles Times, where she spent 20 years as a...

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Henry Goldblatt

Henry Goldblatt was the recipient of the 2018 Lisa Ben Award. Goldblatt was named editor-in-chief of Entertainment Weekly in 2015, where he previously served as the brand’s deputy managing editor and director of brand development. In 2014, Goldblattwas named deputy...

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Marc Malkin

Marc Malkin was the recipient of the 2017 Lisa Ben Award. Malkin served as a reporter and editor at E! News for over a decade. He was the Managing Editor for film at E! News as well as an on-air correspondent. He's also been a reporter, a writer and an online...

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Diane Anderson-Minshall

Diane Anderson-Minshall is currently editor-at-large of The Advocate Magazine and editor-in-chief of Plus Magazine. She co-authored the 2014 memoir Queerly Beloved, about her relationship with her husband Jacob Anderson-Minshall and his gender transition. The couple...

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Cyd Zeigler

Cyd Zeigler identified an area of LGBTQ life that was largely uncovered by mainstream media and provided a service to the community. Together with co-founder Jim Buzinski, Zeigler has grown, founded in 1999, into a must-read for stories of LGBTQ athletes...

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"Lisa Ben"

Lisa Ben, pseudonym for the editor of the first lesbian publication. From June 1947 to February 1948, a lesbian who used the pseudonym “Lisa Ben” wrote a small newsletter in Los Angeles called Vice Versa. She relied on a laborious process at her office at the RKO...

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