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BACKPACKER Story Wins Travel Writing Award

Steve Friedman's "The Long Trail to Jail" wins 2008 Gold Medal for Travel News/Investigative reporting

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Every once in a while, a little BACKPACKER back-patting is in order. Such is the case this week, as BACKPACKER’s writer-at-large Steve Friedman took the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism 2008 Gold Medal in the Travel News/Investigative reporting category for his April 2007 story “The Long Trail to Jail.”

“The Long Trail to Jail” follows the strange saga of David “Saved” Lescoe, a convicted criminal who either found a spiritual awakening on the Appalachian Trail or used wilderness as refuge from the law. From the story:

You can read “The Long Trail to Jail” in its entirety by clicking the link. Once again, congrats, Steve!

—Ted Alvarez

Lowell Thomas 2008 Winners