Society Recognizes Bodkin with Lifetime Achievement Award

The Society for News Design recognized Tom Bodkin of The New York Times with the Lifetime Achievement Award on the final evening of SND’s 37th Annual Workshop in Washington, D.C.

The award, the Society’s highest individual honor, is presented for a significant body of work that has had lasting influence on the field of visual journalism; extraordinary service to SND and its members; or a combination of both.

He was officially honored at an awards gala on Saturday, April 11, at the Newseum. Presenting Bodkin his award was Charles M. Blow, the author and op-ed columnist for The New York Times. Bodkin was the 23rd Lifetime recipient.

The award was first bestowed upon visual journalism pioneer Mario Garcia in 1993. All previous honorees and their citations can be found here.

Our sincere congratulations to Tom for his contributions to our craft. Read more about his remarkable career below.

Tom Bodkin
Creative Director
Chief Creative Officer
The New York Times

Tom Bodkin, the design director of The New York Times since 1987, was named a deputy managing editor in 2011, and Creative Director in 2015. He also holds the title of Chief Creative Officer extending his role to all New York Times Company enterprises. As head of the newsroom art department he is responsible for the evolving look and user experience for all platforms including the paper, the website and mobile apps. He oversees a staff of 140 that includes art directors, news designers, digital designers, information architects, design technologists, graphics editors, multimedia editors, and production artists.

Mr. Bodkin joined The Times in April 1980 as art director of the Home Section. Before being appointed design director, he was involved in the redesign of several broadsheet sections and the launch of several special editions of The New York Times Sunday Magazine. Born in New York City in 1953, Mr. Bodkin attended Brown University and was subsequently creative director of Avant-Garde Media, a designer for the CBS Broadcast Group, and the art director of Us Magazine.

Mr. Bodkin has won numerous awards from design associations, including gold medals from the New York Art Directors Club, The Society of Publication Designers and the Society for News Design; and from the American Institute of Graphic Arts a special award “for design in the service of society” for The New York Times’s presentation of news surrounding the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. In 1986 Mr. Bodkin was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize for the Times’s coverage of the Strategic Defense Initiative, known as the Star Wars program.

He is married and lives in New York City.