Ward's Wins Four Awards in the 2009 American Society of Business Press Editors' annual editorial excellence and design contest.

Steve Finlay, editor of Ward's Dealer Business magazine, won an editorial-writing national Gold award for two entries, “The Dealer Made Me Do It!” and “Auto Industry's Problem Child.” The editorials were about auto financing woes and auto-leasing curtailments, respectively.

Finlay also won a column-writing national Bronze award for two entries, “The Hummer Summer of 2002” about the plunging popularity of Hummer SUVs and “Dizzy from Cliff-Diving Charts” about the plunging economy.

Barbara McClellan, editor of WardsAuto.com, won a regional Gold award in the technical-article competition for “Food vs. Fuel: Rough Road Ahead for Biofuels,” a story examining the global debate over using food crops to power vehicles.

Drew Winter, editor of Wards AutoWorld, captured a regional Silver award for “Let's Avoid Vehicular Communism,” an editorial about government pressure on auto makers to build small cars.