Judith Martin, known to newspaper readers around the world as Miss Manners, will receive the Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. The award will be presented at the NSNC’s 2015 conference, which will run from June 25-28 in Indianapolis.
Martin has been writing her popular advice column since 1978. It is distributed three times a week by Universal Uclick and runs in more than 200 newspapers nationwide and abroad.
“Judith Martin is the legendary doyenne of etiquette,” said Stamford Advocate humor columnist Jerry Zezima, president of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. “As her legion of Gentle Readers will attest, her columns are witty and sharp.
“The NSNC is proud to honor her for more than 35 years of an outstanding journalistic career that is still going strong. And I personally am happy because now I will know which fork to use at the awards dinner.”
Martin said — politely, of course — that she is “thrilled” to be receiving the award, adding, “It’s quite an honor.”
The National Society of Newspaper Columnists, which was founded in 1977, has about 250 dues-paying members in the United States, Canada and Australia.
The Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award is named for the syndicated travel columnist and Pulitzer Prize-winning World War II correspondent who was killed while covering an attack on a Pacific island in 1945. Past award winners include Art Buchwald, Clarence Page, Ellen Goodman, Roger Ebert, Gail Collins and Gene Weingarten.
In addition to writing her column, Martin has authored 15 etiquette books. She also has written two novels. Her website is MissManners.com.
Along with the column, her syndicate notes, “as a reporter, feature writer and critic, she spent 25 years at The Washington Post, where she was one of the original members of the Style and Weekend sections.”
Martin lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Dr. Robert Martin. Their children, Nicholas Ivor Martin and Jacobina Martin, have been helping Judith Martin write the Miss Manners column since 2013.