Local Writer Nominated for ASME Award for Gay-Centric Story in Rolling Stone

Philly journo Sabrina Rubin Erdely may get an Ellie for her story on a Minnesota town declaring war on gay teens.

Many congrats to national journalist and former Philly mag senior writer Sabrina Rubin Erdely, who was just named a finalist in the American Society of Magazine Editors’ (ASME) annual 2013 National Magazine Awards. For those of you who don’t know, this is the equivalent of an Oscar nod for us in the magazine world. So it’s kind of a huge deal.

Her nominated story, “School of Hate,” which is up for ASME’s Public Interest award, was published in Rolling Stone in February 2012. It concerns gay teens subjected to serious bullying in their school in Anoka,  Minn. — the epicenter of an anti-gay “culture war” led by local evangelicals and inspired by the area’s congressional representative, Miss Crazy Eyes herself, Michele Bachmann. You can — and should — read the piece here.

UPenn alum Erdely began working for Philly mag in 1994. She is currently a contributing editor for Rolling Stone and has published works everywhere from Glamour to Mother Jones to Men’s Health. This is her second National Magazine Award nomination — the first being a story she wrote for Philadelphia magazine, “Intimate Intimidation.”

The 2013 awards — called Ellies — will be presented at a gala on May 2.

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