• May 3, 2009
Jamie Kitman, Automobile Magazine's New York Bureau Chief, has been named the winner of the 2009 National Magazine Award in the Columns and Commentary category. Kitman's monthly column, Noise, Vibration, and Harshness, won the recognition from the National Society of Magazine Editors (ASME).
The awards, also known as the "Ellies," are considered some of the most prestigious for American online and print magazines. His winning category "recognizes excellence in short-form political, social, economic or humorous commentary. It honors the eloquence, force of argument and succinctness with which the writer presents his or her views." According to Automobile Magazine, Kitman's accolade marks the first time in the 44-year history of the award that a car-enthusiast magazine has won.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      That picture looks like a mug shot.
        • 5 Years Ago
        He looks like he's had a hard-knock life.
        • 5 Years Ago
        AH Jamie!

        he was quite cute as a young buck I don't know what happened . Looks a bit like hos dad the famous Marvin Kitman.
      • 5 Years Ago
      meh.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You'll also find his prose talents monthly in Top Gear mag. Well deserved!
      • 5 Years Ago
      He has a great column, but I always enjoyed Ezra Dyer's more. It seriously was my only regret when not renewing the mag.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I love reading Dyer's column and articles, but have usually enjoyed Kitman's columns as well, even if they do come across as preachy. Throw in Jennings, Lorio, Cammisa, etc. and Automobile has some of the best print-mag writers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Big fan of Ezra's as well. He'll be writing a monthly car column for Men's Journal, starting with a review of the new Camaro in the June issue. (Full disclosure: I'm an editor at MJ.)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Kitman's column is by far the most intelligent part of any issue of Automobile. I have been a fan of the publication since DED jr. and Jean Lindamood defected from C/D to start the Mag. Hope they survive the Source Interlink bankruptcy!

      p.s. Toledo Guy: I still read C/D despite the reactionary nonsense of Bedard, Yates et al; sounds like your convictions can't stand up to a little opposition!

      Cogito ergo Zoom, dudes!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Grats to Kitman. I always enjoy his commentary.

      BTW, didn't he used to manage They Might Be Giants?
        • 5 Years Ago
        sure did, that and a bunch of other bands including Ok, Go!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Dude looks like a serial killer, I'd believe anything he wrote.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey Goat Law!

      "Any auto magazine that would let such an anti-American, anti-individual rights statist as Kitman write a monthly column was not worth the paper it was written on."

      Don't you see how how daft this is? You call HIM anti-individual rights???

      Anti-Corporate Hegemony is not Anti-American. Dolt.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Kitman also writes for Car Magazine in the UK, and he still manages TMBG.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Congrats! Loved your musings about MGA ownership, which we share.

      Ironically, it comes the day after the company he works for declares Chapter 11. Means either he'll be taking a big pay cut or lose his job....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Kitman's liberal, "do as I say, not as I do" non-automotive rantings are the sole reason I dropped my subscription to Automobile. And I've been there since the beginning. (MR2 on the first cover, just in case you doubt me) Looks like I won't be renewing anytime soon....
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm pretty sure is is the ONLY liberal American automotive writer. Seeing as how virtually every other magazine (especially Car and Driver) features nothing but conservative/libertarian writing, I've always admired Automobile for at least providing a counterpoint, and particularly taking the automobile industry and big oil to task- something rare amongst the sheep-herd advertiser-protecting mentality of most automotive writing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sir we enthusiast salute you and congratulate your achivement . Well done !
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