2016 Arika Okrent (Mental Floss)

Dr. Okrent's work at Mental Floss is acclaimed for taking often-complex linguistic topics and making them easily accessible. Her use of innovative media forms such as listicles and whiteboard videos has helped bring linguistic knowledge to a wide audience. In addition to her work at Mental Floss, Dr. Okrent is editor-at-large at TheWeek.com and has written for publications including Smithsonian Magazine, Lapham's Quarterly, and Schwa Fire in 2015 alone. 

2015 Ben Zimmer (Vocabulary.com)

In addition to serving as the Wall Street Journal's language columnist, Ben Zimmer has written articles on linguistic topics for The Atlantic, the Boston Globe, Slate's Lexicon Valley blog, and many other popular publications. His work bringing linguistic knowledge to the public is prolific, entertaining, and well-researched, informed by his own linguistic background. Ben Zimmer is an ideal choice for the first LSA Linguistics Journalism Award