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Atlantic, N. Yorker top Ellies

EW nabs kudos for general excellence

The New Yorker and the Atlantic Monthly both took home three Ellies each at this year’s National Magazine Awards, held Wednesday at Gotham’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

Entertainment Weekly received an Ellie for general excellence in the 1 million-plus circulation category. Judges commended the AOL Time Warner title’s prescient touting of indie-sleeper pic “In the Bedroom” and its coverage of David Letterman’s emotional post-Sept.11 show.

But the New Yorker continues its recent dominance over the 37-year-old awards. This year the Conde Nast title took another triple crown for an essay by “The Corrections” author Jonathan Franzen, a profile on Ted Turner by Ken Auletta and its fiction.

Last year the David Remnick-edited mag took home five awards, breaking its own record of three set in 1994.

Atlantic resurgent

But it may have to look over its shoulder at the Atlantic Monthly, which continues its quiet renaissance under the leadership of Michael Kelly.

The Boston-based title, which has seen tremendous growth in ad revenue in the past year, picked up prizes in the public service category for Samantha Powers’ article on U.S. indifference to the Rwandan genocide, the feature-writing category for Penny Wolfson’s story about her son’s battle with muscular dystrophy, and the reporting category for William Langewiesche’s perspective on of the EgyptAir plane crash.

National Geographic Adventure won two Ellies, for general excellence in the 200,000-500,000 circulation category and for personal service.