Published 4/29/2020

The AAOS recognizes 13 health stories with a 2020 Media Orthopaedic Reporting Excellence (MORE) Award

ROSEMONT, Ill. (April 29, 2020)—The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) is pleased to recognize 13 recipients of the 2020 MORE Awards. Presented annually to U.S.-based journalists, the MORE Awards acknowledge accurate reporting of musculoskeletal health news topics and celebrate the role media play in accurately educating the public.

Entries were judged by a panel of orthopaedic surgeons and evaluated for overall quality and medical accuracy. The winners of the 2020 awards include health and medical writers, photographers and freelance reporters from print, broadcast and online media outlets. From heart-warming patient stories to perspectives on orthopaedic innovations and treatment options, the award recipients covered an array of bone and joint-health topics.

“Each day, the Academy champions the interests of patients and works with our members to provide the highest quality musculoskeletal care,” said Joseph A. Bosco III, MD, FAAOS, AAOS President. “This year’s MORE Award recipients complemented this mission by delivering important orthopaedic news and stories of healing, recovery and patient safety. We acknowledge their commitment to compelling and accurate reporting and thank all media who entered for their partnership.” 

The 2020 MORE Award winners by category are:


  • Kate Thayer, Chicago Tribune
    "Arthritis at 30? Youth Sports Injuries Can Turn into Chronic Problems, Doctors Warn"
  • JC Reindl, Detroit Free Press
    "New Knee, Hip, Shoulder Procedures End Joint Pain for These Injured Athletes"
  • Brigid O’Connell, Herald Sun
    "Royal Children's Hospital Prosthetics Room Is Where the Magic Happens"
  • Kay Lazar, The Boston Globe
    "Too Much, Too Soon Injures Young Bodies"


  • Alesia Powell, CBS News / Newspath, Senior Producer
    Dana Carullo, CBS News / Newspath, Medical Producer
    Bofta Yimam, CBS News / Newspath, Reporter
    Ken Kerbs, CBS News / Newspath, Photographer
    Amy Juhls, CBS News / Newspath, Editor
    "Camp Open Arms"

  • Maria Simbra, MD, KDKA CBS Pittsburgh
    "New Knee Device Helping Patients with Intermediate Osteoarthritis"


  • Lisa Esposito, U.S. News & World Report
    "A Patient's Guide to Bone and Joint Diseases"
  • Michael O. Schroeder, U.S. News & World Report
    "My Knee Pain Is Worse at Night. What Can I Do About it?"
  • Kelly K. James, Chicago Health
    "Controlling Chronic Pain. A Shift in Approach Delivers a Dose of Hope"
  • George W. Citroner, Healthline
    "Osteopenia: The Bone Disease That Is Striking Men 35 to 50 Years Old"


  • Karen Asp, O the Oprah Magazine
    "Upright Citizens"
  • Annemarie Mannion, Chicago Health
    "Bioprinting Bones. 3D Printing Could Be the Answer to Better Replacements"

Entries for the 2021 MORE Awards will open this summer. The deadline for entries is Friday, October 2, 2020. Entries must have been published between October 1, 2019 and October 1, 2020. For more information on entry guidelines, visit

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About the AAOS
With more than 39,000 members, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is the world’s largest medical association of musculoskeletal specialists. The AAOS is the trusted leader in advancing musculoskeletal health. It provides the highest quality, most comprehensive education to help orthopaedic surgeons and allied health professionals at every career level to best treat patients in their daily practices. The AAOS is the source for information on bone and joint conditions, treatments and related musculoskeletal health care issues and it leads the health care discussion on advancing quality.

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