Andrée Aelion Brooks of Westport has won first place for feature writing in the magazine category of the Simon Rockower Awards for Excellence in Jewish Journalism, run by the American Jewish Press Association.
Aelion received the award, announced at the group’s annual meeting in Philadelphia for her article “Honoring Our Ancestors,” which appeared in Hadassah Magazine. The article focused on Harbin in Manchuria, China where 100 years ago entrepreneurial-minded Russian Jews turned the special zone under Russian control inside Manchuria into the largest Jewish cultural and economic center in the Far East.
Brooks is an award-winning journalist, author and lecturer who for 18 years was a contributing columnist and news writer for The New York Times. She covered personal finance, the women’s movement and real estate investment issues, among other topics.
Most recently, she has written guest essays on life as an older American for the Encore section of the Wall Street Journal and has been a regular contributor to Hadassah Magazine, among other publications.
Brooks is an Associate Fellow at Yale University and the founder and first president of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale.