Awards


Being recognized by peers is the ultimate honor. Mary Ann’s professional awards have included the following:


Florida Press Club
2016 Excellence in Journalism AwardsFlorida Press Club Award

First Place • Travel Writing (Magazines): “Cuba in Transition,” Lake & Sumter Style; “Authentic Cuba,” Orlando Magazine

Second Place • Serious Feature Writing: “It Takes A Village,” Parts 4-5, Healthy Living Magazine

Second Place • Commentary: “Salute” wine column, Lake & Sumter Style

Third Place • Travel Writing (Magazines): “Daytona Rises to Family Fun,” Lake & Sumter Style


Symposium for Professional Wine Writers, Meadowood – Napa Valley

2016 Fellowship Recipient


Contributing Writer of the Year for 2016

Akers Media Group, December 2016


Florida Press Club
2015 Excellence in Journalism Awards

First Place •Serious Feature Writing: Foster Care Series, Part 1 -3, Healthy Living Magazine

First Place • Art News Reporting: “Focusing on Florida Art~Cici & Hyatt Brown Museum,” Florida Budget Travel 

Second Place • Travel Writing (Magazines)


2014 Charlie Award (Silver) for Best Departmentcharlie-2014

Florida Magazine Association
August 2014

Salute,” a monthly column about wine, was recognized for second consecutive year in the Writing Excellence category for Best Department: Consumer Magazines – Under 50,000 Circulation.


Contributing Writer of the Year for 2013

Akers Media Group, December 2013


2013 Charlie Award (Bronze) for Best Department

Florida Magazine Association
August 2013

Salute,” a monthly column about wine, was recognized in the Writing Excellence category for Best Department: All Consumer Magazines.


FPC-Award

Florida Press Club
2012 Excellence in Journalism Awards

First Place • Travel Writing (All circulation categories)

Second Place • Commentary (Magazines): “Saluté” wine column


Florida Press Club
2011 Excellence in Journalism Awards

Second Place • Serious Feature Writing
Umatilla Gold

Second Place • Commentary
The Things We Would Ask

Third Place • Light Feature Writing
12 Keys to The Keys

Third Place • Feature Photo
Two Sunsets, One Camera


Society of Professional Journalists
2009 Florida Awards of Excellence

First Place • Best Editorial
Playing Fair

Second Place • Best Column
Cute Girls, Fabulous Women


Writer’s Digest
78th Annual Writing Competition

Honorable Mentions
Magazine Feature Articles, 2009
A Modern Day Fairy Tale
Signs of The Times
Straighten Up and Fly Right


Florida Society of Professional Journalists

Second Place, Magazines
Best Commentary/Opinion, 2008
Full Circle column

Third Place, Magazines
Feature Story, 2008
Straighten Up and Fly Right


International Association of Business Communicators/Georgia

Bronze Flame Award
Speechwriting, 1998
Determination Delivers the Package

Golden Flame Award, 1998
Total Communications Program
The UPS Executive Speakers Bureau

Silver Flame Award
Electronic Multimedia/Intranet Web sites, 1998
The UPS Executive Speakers Bureau in a Box


Public Relations Society of America/Georgia

Phoenix Award, 1998
The UPS Executive Speakers Bureau (Shared)