The Post and Courier’s food editor and chief critic, Hanna Raskin, on Tuesday night was awarded the inaugural James Beard Foundation award for Local Impact Journalism.
In announcing the creation of the award, the foundation said it was intended to “recognize the work of an individual who displays enterprise and excellence in ongoing local food coverage, with an emphasis on community engagement and news gathering.” In contrast, other categories in the annual journalism competition are designed to honor long-form work.
Raskin’s fellow finalists were Andrea Weigl of The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) and Hannah Palmer Egan of Eight Days (Burlington, Vt.).
Prior to joining The Post and Courier in 2013, Raskin was the food writer at the Seattle Weekly. She previously held the same position at the Dallas Observer, where she was named a finalist for the James Beard Foundation’s now-defunct Group Food Blog award. Raskin last year received the Association of Food Journalists’ award for Best Restaurant Criticism.
Tuesday night’s ceremony was held in New York City; the organization’s restaurant and chef awards will be distributed at a separate gala in Chicago on Monday. For additional coverage of both events, go to postandcourier.com/food.