Judges

Amy Silverman

Managing Editor, Phoenix New Times
Regional Judge

We noticed the kind of editing Amy Silverman does when two Livingston winners came out of her shop in two years.

Silverman is managing editor at Phoenix New Times, published by Voice Media Group. She joined the paper as a staff writer in 1993, covering Arizona politics, most notably the career of U.S. Senator John McCain. She has won several national awards and has twice been named Journalist of the Year by the Arizona Press Club, for her reporting on McCain and the juvenile corrections system in Arizona. In 2003, Silverman became an editor. She worked closely with the young writers who won Livingstons in 2008 and 2010.

Silverman’s work has also appeared on “This American Life” and in publications such as The Washington Post, The New York Times, Travel + Leisure, George and Playboy. She is a regular commentator for the local National Public Radio affiliate in Phoenix.

A Phoenix native, Silverman has a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Scripps College in Claremont, Calif., and a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of Journalism. She lives in Tempe, AZ with her husband Ray Stern, a New Times staff writer, and their two daughters.