Sonoma Magazine and editor Abigail Peterson win national awards


Sonoma Magazine is the recipient of two Folio 2021 awards: Eddie and Ozzie Awards, which recognize excellence in the publishing industry.

The magazine received special recognition for overall editorial excellence in the city and region category, and editor-in-chief Abigail Peterson was named editorial director of the year.

“I’m just over the moon,” Peterson said. “It’s a job that I feel very deep in my heart. It’s not just a job for me – it’s what I really love to do. I love telling the stories of people in the community, and I feel like it’s a privilege to be able to do so. Sonoma County is where I chose to be to raise my own family.

The competition is hosted by Folio Magazine, a New York-based trade magazine focused on trends and publishing strategies.

Sonoma Magazine is also an Eddie finalist in seven categories focused on editorial content. The winners will be announced on October 14 at an awards gala in New York City.

“Abigail is not only exceptional in her profession as the magazine editor, she is also able to capture the essence of this great county through the pages of the magazine like few others could,” said Steve Childs, president and publisher of Sonoma Magazine. “Under Abby’s direction, our talented editorial team publishes a wonderful mix of stories, big and small, and that’s what our readers in Sonoma County and Northern California find so compelling issue after issue.”

Among other categories, the magazine is a finalist for the best complete issue among municipal and regional magazines for its January / February 2021 issue on resilience.

Two stories, “The Anxious Season” and “Burn It On Our Terms”, are also finalists for long-form content among municipal and regional publications.

“As journalists, we are not looking for rewards. But when the peers in our industry recognize our team’s hard work and commitment to our readers, it’s just a wonderful feeling, ”said Richard Green, Editor-in-Chief of Press Democrat and Chief Content Officer of Sonoma Media Investments, owner of Sonoma magazine.

“We are honored by the recognition of our strong visual storytelling, writing and design that defines each issue of Sonoma Magazine. The team puts their heart into every issue for our readers, communities and advertisers served by the magazine. It’s a great honor to be named a winner in the Overall Editorial Excellence category, but it wouldn’t happen without those who do – from writers and our designer to photographers and, of course, its editor.

“And Abigail Peterson is one of the best magazine editors in the country,” Green added. “His passion for Sonoma County is unmatched. And her dedication to the pursuit of meaningful journalism that captures the beauty, stories, and unique individuals that define our slice of Northern California is unparalleled. She is a talented writer and a wonderful leader within our SMI content team.

Sonoma Media Investments owns Sonoma Magazine, as well as The Press Democrat, Petaluma Argus-Courier, Sonoma Index-Tribune, and North Bay Business Journal.

“The Folio Awards are one of the most prestigious awards in the publishing industry and we are very proud of Abigail’s recognition,” said Steve Falk, CEO of Sonoma Media Investments. “To be named Editorial Director of the Year and Sonoma Magazine named Global Editorial Excellence is a crowning achievement. These awards reflect Abby’s passion and commitment to bringing Sonoma Magazine readers the best in regional journalism.

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