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April 30, 2014

Academy Announces 2014 Media Orthopaedic Reporting Excellence (MORE) Award Winners

Media competition honors journalists for accurate bone and joint health-related coverage

ROSEMONT, Ill.—The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons(AAOS) announced the winners of the 2014 MORE Awards, which are presented to journalists who demonstrate excellence in reporting and further the public’s understanding of musculoskeletal health-related issues.  This distinguished group of journalists will be honored during an awards ceremony, held in conjunction with the Academy’s National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference, at the JW Marriot in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, May 1st.
“The Academy recognizes and honors journalists who educate the public about issues and trends in bone and joint health,” said Academy President Frederick M. Azar, MD. “This year’s winning stories showcase innovations in orthopaedic care, which help our members restore mobility and enable their patients to return to active, healthy lifestyles.”
This year’s 27 MORE Award winners represent a diverse group of health and medical writers, producers and freelance reporters from print, broadcast and online media outlets. Entries were judged by a distinguished panel of orthopaedic surgeons, and evaluated for overall quality, accuracy and effectiveness in promoting greater awareness of musculoskeletal health issues. The 2014 MORE Award winners by category are:
  • Brian Braiker, Prevention, “Joint Decisions”
  • Angie's List Magazine, “Serious falls put seniors at risk”
  • Charlotte Huff, American Way, “Revolutionizing Prosthetics”
  • Tim Layden, Sports Illustrated, “No Couch Can Hold Her”
  • Pamela Dittmer McKuen, Chicago Life Magazine, “Stunning Advances in Joint Replacement Surgery”
  • Jeff Wallach, Alaska Airlines Horizon Edition, “Joint Venture - Ideas for lifelong knee health”
  • Carl Zimmer, The Atlantic, “The Mystery of the Second Skeleton”
  • Erin Grace, Omaha World-Herald, “Pulling through with trauma surgery, belief in miracles”
  • Courtney Humphries, The Boston Globe, “Do you really need a knee replacement?”
  • Linda Lombroso, The Journal News, “Bionic Boomers: A Special Report”
  • Gary Mihoces, USA Today Sports, “Peterson’s revival proves inspiring"
  • Greg Zoroya, USA Today, “‘He's just mangled’- where do you start?”

  •  JoNel Aleccia,, “'Rapid strides': Limb advances offer hope for Boston amputees”
  • Will Carroll,, “Dr. Frank Jobe, Tommy John and the Surgery That Changed Baseball Forever”
  • Liz Neporent,, “Kevin Ware's Broken Leg Possibly Caused by Undetected Stress Fractures”
  • Jennifer Roes,, “ACL primer: Everything you knee-d to know”
  • Kelly April Tyrrell,, “Free joint replacement program is a second chance at mobility”
  • Catherine Winters,, “Knee Surgery Success”
  • Guy Yocom,, “My Shot: Stacy Lewis”
  • Dave Delozier, NBC 9 News Colorado, “Vietnam veteran finally heals 42 year old wounds of war”
  • Jane Derenowski, NBC Nightly News, “Brian Williams joins rising numbers of boomers getting new knees”
  • Heather M. Higgins, CNN: The Next List, “The ability to measure motion without markers would open up a world of possibilities”
  • Chris Dukas & Charles Lachman, Inside Edition, “Miracle surgery helps baby girls take their first steps”
  • Janet St. James, WFAA-TV Dallas/Fort Worth, “Year-round sports lead to rise in youth athlete injuries”
  • Kathy Walsh, CBS 4 Denver, “Colorado surgeon offers free hip surgery for ‘Operation Walk USA’”
  • Richard Knox, National Public Radio, “Recovery begins for mother, daughter injured in Boston”


  • Eddie Gregg, Billings Gazette, “End of pre-existing condition exclusions pivotal in patient’s knee replacement”
To view these winning submissions, visit
The MORE Awards are open to all journalists, freelance writers and editors in print, broadcast or online media. The 2015 competition details will be posted at in late June.

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Lauren Pearson Riley
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