Kaplan won First Place for Best Columnist for a daily or weekly newspaper with a circulation over 50,000 for his columns in the Jewish Journal. He scored an additional honor, receiving a second place award in the category of Entertainment/Reviews/Criticisms/Columns.
Judges noted: "Different qualities go into fine column writing. Some columnists tend toward vivid description; others make their points through personal experience; others offer carefully balanced, almost judicious, argument and, in the end, arrive at a conclusion. Yet there will always be a place and a need for fiercely passionate yet skillfully structured opinion - the kind of opinion, whether you agree or not, that sweeps you up and carries you to the end of the piece. Fueled by what infuriates him within our polarized culture, Marty Kaplan is a practitioner of that classic technique. Like a boxer, he is relentless, coming after you with crisp language and rhetorical combinations, whether the subject is Chris Christie or global warming. Embrace Kaplan's points or totally discard them, you'll almost certainly stay in the ring with him until the end." Bravo, Marty! We're incredibly proud!