Tania Ganguli, Dan Woike, Richard Winton, Sonali Kohli and Ben Poston of the Los Angeles Times won first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors 2020 contest in Category A Breaking News.
Ganguli, Woike, Winton, Kohli and Poston will be presented a first-place plaque at the 2021 APSE Summer Conference Banquet at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas on Aug. 18.
Christine Brennan of USA Today finished second and Scott M. Reid of Southern California News Group was third.
A Breaking News entry is a single story that covers a sports news development that occurred in the most recent news cycle.
Contest chair and First Vice President Gary Potosky and fellow APSE officers — President Lisa Wilson, Second Vice President Jorge Rojas and Third Vice President Steve Hemphill prepared the entries.
Because this year’s in-person APSE Winter Conference was canceled due to the pandemic, all judging was remote during three weeks in February. Each category had a set of judges examine all entries, choose a Top 10 as a group (in some cases, the ranking includes fewer or more than 10 entries), and each of those judges ranked the finalists individually. A second set of judges in each category then also ranked those finalists.
The winner and final rankings are determined by tallying the ballots.
The winner in each category will receive a plaque at the summer conference. The second- through 10th-place finishers will receive frameable certificates.
The top 10 is listed below with links to the winning entries, and voting results.
1. Tania Ganguli, Dan Woike, Richard Winton, Sonali Kohli and Ben Poston, Los Angeles Times, 48 points, 2 first-place votes
2. Christine Brennan, USA Today, 47 points, 3 first-place votes
3. Scott M. Reid, Southern California News Group, 46 points
4. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, 42 points, 1 first-place vote
5. Tariq Panja and Romain Molina, The New York Times, 32 points
6. Nathan Fenno, Los Angeles Times, 26 points
7. Robert Klemko and Emily Giambalvo, The Washington Post, 24 points
T8. Rick Stroud, Tampa Bay Times, 23 points
T8. David Waldstein and Michael S. Schmidt, The New York Times, 23 points
10. Dana O’Neil and C.J. Moore, The Athletic, 19 points