The Real Deal senior reporter E.B. Solomont has won a Front Page Award from the Newswomen’s Club of New York.
The organization, founded in 1937, recognizes the best journalism by women working in print, wire, broadcast and online media. Solomont won for her breaking-news story “Dottie Herman sells stake in Douglas Elliman for $40M.”
Although Herman had already stepped back from the day-to-day operations at residential brokerage Douglas Elliman, the sale marked the end of an era for the residential brokerage industry. Herman partnered with Howard Lorber to buy New York City’s largest residential brokerage more than 15 years ago.
In an interview, Herman told Solomont that selling her share was the “hardest decision” she’s ever made.
It’s the fourth Front Page Award for Solomont. Last year she received two — for her November 2017 magazine feature “Macklowe vs. Macklowe” and the May 2018 online edition of “The death of the brokerage.” In 2015 Solomont won for her cover package “The Year of the Chinese Investor.”
TRD senior reporter Kathryn Brenzel also nabbed a Front Page Award with former editor Elizabeth Kim for their January 2017 cover story “Real estate’s diversity problem.”
Other recipients of this year’s Front Page Awards include the New York Times’ Nikole Hannah-Jones, the Daily Beast’s Emily Shugerman and Vice’s Isobel Yeung.
Solomont joined The Real Deal in 2014 after stints with the St. Louis Business Journal, Jerusalem Post and New York Sun. A Boston native, she graduated from Tufts University and earned a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.