Best Feature Article, Gold Award, Minnesota Magazine & Publications Association (2008).
Page One Awards, Third Place, Society of Professional Journalists Minnesota (2008).
Excellence Award, Minnesota Magazine & Publications Association Publishing (2003).
First Place, Radio Enterprise Reporting, New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association (1998).
First Place, Best Radio Investigative Story, Syracuse Press Club (1998).
Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting, Lead researcher, Minneapolis Star Tribune investigative series “A Culture of Arson” (1989).
Our titles include complicated topics and need to be accurate, thorough, and easy to understand. Trout served as the developmental editor for our textbooks and was able to successfully navigate the needs of the publisher, the author, and the customer (our students and instructors). Trout would be an asset to any project requiring flexibility, critical thinking, and the ability to balance the needs of multiple people and parties.
Carley Bomstad Fruzzetti
Director of Content Development, Health Careers
Paradigm Education Solutions
Trout Lowen has the exceptional gift of transforming the language of policy expertise into language that is accessible to a much broader audience. This was evident throughout her tenure as editor of the Minnesota Journal where she edited submissions from virtually every area of public policy. Trout also brought much more than editing skills to the job. She was great at pushing overall content and vision for the Minnesota Journal and took on much of the organization associated with it. Trout was masterful at challenging writers to make their work better in a constructive way and was able to get exceptional results out of volunteer contributors who were not always the most accomplished or focused writers. At the same time, she was able to respect and retain the style that different writers might bring to an issue.
Bob DeBoer, Minnesota Citizens League
I seek Trout’s incisive take on just about everything – literature, politics, career, friendship and food. Part Ruth Hale, Linda Ellerbee, Ricky Lee Jones, and very much a unique, gifted writer, Trout never glosses over the facts, but she’s also likely to reveal the human and very often humorous aspects of a story.
Mary Anne Welch, Integrated Communications
As a writer, Trout can handle complex topics, is both logical and artful, and understands the needs of a given audience. When you give her an assignment, you know the final product will be accurate and interesting, and that it will arrive on time.
Carmen Peota, Editor, Minnesota Medicine Magazine
Trout Lowen is a writer and editor of the highest caliber. Her story of New York writer/illustrator Chris Raschka, a St. Olaf College alumnus and Caldecott award winner, earned the Minnesota Magazine & Publications Association Publishing Excellence Award for Best Feature Article (Association Category) in 2008.
Carole Leigh Engblom, Editor, St. Olaf Magazine
Trout was very creative and smart and passionate about improving the Women’s Press through content, writing, design, outreach and web presence (among other things). Her journalistic instinct took us in the right direction time and time again.
Lisa Mabley, Software Developer