The North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) awarded journalist Jayme Moye the 2019 Keith Bellows Award for Excellence in Travel Journalism, named in honor of the long time Editor-in-Chief of National Geographic Traveler. The award was presented at the Inaugural NATJA Awards Dinner on Friday, February 15th in Los Angeles, California.
“Jayme personifies Keith’s passion for travel and using the power of journalism to create awareness and appreciation of people, cultures, and nature,” stated NATJA CEO Helen Hernandez. “In Jayme’s case, her coverage empowers women in adventure sports. She has brought to the forefront women’s struggles with sexual harassment in the river-raft industry as well as highlighted the first female road biking team in Afghanistan. It is only fitting that NATJA bestow this honor to Jayme, the first woman to receive this award.”
Jayme writes about travel, mountain sports and culture, and pushing the limits of human potential—preferably all in one story. Her award-winning freelance work appears in Outside, Travel + Leisure, and National Geographic, among others. She is the former managing editor of Elevation Outdoors, and a former adventure news correspondent for Men’s Journal. Her personal essays have been anthologized in The Best Women’s Travel Writing and Vignettes and Postcards from Paris. She is co-author of On the Nose: A Lifelong Obsession with Yosemite’s Most Iconic Climb, a 2017 Best Book Award Finalist. Jayme has been twice awarded the North American Travel Journalists Association’s Grand Prize in Travel Journalism.