Travel Journalist of 2010: Brat Pack's Andrew McCarthy He wins top honor in the industry By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Oct 16, 2010 2:37 PM CDT 2 comments Comments Andrew McCarthy appears on the NBC "Today" show in 2008. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) (Newser) – The year's top travel writer is a familiar face, but more so for acting than writing. Andrew McCarthy of Brat Pack fame (yes, Molly Ringwald's true love in Pretty in Pink) has won the 2010 Lowell Thomas award for Travel Journalist of the Year, notes Jim Romenesko's blog at PoynterOnline. McCarthy's freelance articles have appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Bon Appetit, Afar, and the Atlantic, among others. (His piece on Ireland in the latter is here.) "Word by word, paragraph-by-paragraph, entry-by-entry, McCarthy earns the gold the old-fashioned way—by treating readers to excellent writing and poignant stories," declared the judges.