The New York Times’ Andrew Keh and Lynsey Addario won first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors 2019 contest in Feature Stories for the A Division.

Keh and Addario will be presented first-place plaques at the 2020 APSE Summer Conference Banquet at The Alexander Hotel in Indianapolis on June 27.

Keh and Addario edged runner-up Elizabeth Merrill of ESPN.com. Mike Sielski of The Philadelphia Inquirer finished third.

Sports editors in the A Division submitted 107 breaking news stories. The contest is open to APSE members. Click here to join.

Contest chair Lisa Wilson and fellow APSE officers Todd M. Adams, Gary Potosky and Dan Spears prepared the entries. 

In February, preliminary judges at the APSE Winter Conference in St. Petersburg, Fla., and off-site around the country, selected a top 10, with each judge ranking the entries in order from 1 to 10 separately on a secret ballot. Entries were given 10 points for a first-place vote, nine points for second and so on down to one point for a 10th-place vote. The final 10 were given to a second judging group, which ranked the entries 1-10 in the same fashion.

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 writers will receive frameable certificates.

Judging in feature stories was based on human interest, reader interest, quality of writing and thoroughness of reporting.

The top 10 is listed below with links to the winning entries.

1. Andrew Keh and Lynsey Addario, The New York Times, 49 points, 2 first-place votes
2. Elizabeth Merrill, ESPN.com, 48 points, 1 first-place votes
3. Mike Sielski, The Philadelphia Inquirer, 39 points
T4. Scott Miller, Bleacher Report, 35 points
T4. Scott Eden, ESPN.com, 35 points, 1 first-place vote 
6.  Dan Wiederer, Chicago Tribune, 34 points
7. Kent Babb, The Washington Post, 33 points, 1 first-place vote
8. Matt Stanmyre, NJ Advance Media, 29 points
9. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, 19 points, 1 first-place vote
10. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, 9 points

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