Beth Macy, a nationally known writer who honed her craft as a longtime staffer for The Roanoke Times, has been named the 2021 George Mason Award recipient for outstanding contributions to Virginia journalism.
The Virginia Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists announced the award, designed to recognize “a journalist or friend of journalism of exceptional character and dedication to the craft,” last Tuesday.
First given in 1964, the award is named for the principal author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, the model for the Bill of Rights. Macy was a staff writer at The Roanoke Times covering news and features from 1989 to 2014.
Her books include “Factory Man” about the economic dislocations in the region caused by globalization and “Dopesick” about the effects of the opioid epidemic. The latter has been adapted into a dramatized miniseries for Hulu that will premiere Wednesday.
Longtime SPJ member Martha Steger nominated Macy for this year’s George Mason Award. Macy is the 56th recipient.