Best Writing of 2008

OVER 250,000

BREAKING NEWS

  1. Jere Longman, Juliet Macur, New York Times
  2. Jon Wilner and Darren Sabedra, San Jose Mercury News
  3. Michelle Kaufman, Miami Herald
  4. Greg Bishop and Pete Thamel, New York Times
  5. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times

Honorable mention:

  • Joey Bunch and Mike Klis, Denver Post
  • Liz Clarke and Amy Shipley, Washington Post
  • Brian Costa, Miami Herald
  • Joe Drape, New York Times
  • Todd Holcomb, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

COLUMNS

  1. John Canzano, Oregonian
  2. Michael Rosenberg, Detroit Free Press
  3. Bob Ford, Philadelphia Inquirer
  4. Joe Posnanski, Kansas City Star
  5. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times

Honorable mention:

  • Dave Hyde, Sun-Sentinel, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Mark Kiszla, Denver Post
  • William C. Rhoden, New York Times
  • Jeff Schultz, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • Jim Souhan, Minneapolis Star Tribune


EXPLANATORY

  1. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune
  2. Jeff Barker, Baltimore Sun
  3. Amy Shipley, Washington Post
  4. Rick Gosselin, Dallas Morning News
  5. (tie) Brent Schrotenboer, San Diego Union-Tribune
    (tie) Candus Thomson, Baltimore Sun

Honorable mention:

  • Todd Holcomb, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • Juliet Macur, New York Times
  • Mike Reiss, Boston Globe
  • Bill Reiter, Kansas City Star


FEATURES

  1. Mark Kram, Philadelphia Daily News
  2. Stan Grossfield, Boston Globe
  3. Kevin Van Valkenburg, Baltimore Sun
  4. Michael Lee, Washington Post
  5. Karen Crouse, New York Times

Honorable mention:

  • Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times
  • Daniel Brown, San Jose Mercury News
  • Mike Garafolo, Newark Star-Ledger
  • Michelle Kaufman, Miami Herald
  • Bill Lubinger, Cleveland Plain Dealer


GAME STORY

  1. Kevin Manahan, Newark Star-Ledger
  2. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune
  3. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times
  4. John Powers, Boston Globe
  5. Gordon Edes, Boston Globe

Honorable mention:

  • Chuck Culpepper, Los Angeles Times
  • Mark Emmons, San Jose Mercury News
  • Steve Hummer, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • Linda Robertson, Miami Herald
  • Jerry Zgoda, Minneapolis Star Tribune


PROJECTS

  1. Wayne Coffey, New York Daily News
  2. Brent Schrotenboer, San Diego Union-Tribune
  3. Kevin Vaughan, Rocky Mountain News
  4. Rachel Bachman, Oregonian
  5. Bob Brookover, Ray Parrillo, Ashley Fox and Bob Ford, Philadelphia Inquirer

Honorable mention:

  • Mike Klingaman, Rick Maese, Bill Ordine, Kevin Van Valkenburg and Childs Walker, Baltimore Sun
  • Shira Springer, Boston Globe
  • Blair Kerkoff, Brady McCollough, Joe Posnanski, Bill Reiter, Howard Richman and Jason Whitlock, Kansas City Star
  • Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times
  • Andrea Adelson and Chris Olds, Orlando Sentinel

100,000-250,000

BREAKING NEWS

  1. Jason Lieser, Christina DeNardo, Palm Beach Post
  2. Dejan Kovacevic, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  3. Chris Givens, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
  4. Ed Bouchette and Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  5. Sean Jensen, St. Paul Pioneer Press

Honorable mention:

  • Sam Borden, Journal News, White Plains, N.Y.
  • Dustin Dow, Cincinnati Enquirer
  • Tom Gage, Detroit News
  • Brett McMurphy, Tampa Tribune
  • Jake Trotter, Oklahoman


COLUMNS

  1. Rick Bozich, Louisville Courier-Journal
  2. Joe Henderson, Tampa Tribune
  3. (tie) Martin Fennelly, Tampa Tribune
    (tie) Greg Stoda, Palm Beach Post
  4. Bob Klapisch, Bergen Record

Honorable mention:

  • Tom Archdeacon, Dayton Daily News
  • Jenni Carlson, Oklahoman
  • Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati Enquirer
  • Gary Peterson, Contra Costa Times
  • Mark Story, Lexington Herald-Leader


EXPLANATORY

  1. Mark Alesia, Indianapolis Star
  2. Lisa Houk, Fresno Bee
  3. Kelsie Smith, St. Paul Pioneer Press
  4. Jeff Duncan, New Orleans Times-Picayune
  5. (tie) Joe Henderson, Bill Ward, Joey Johnston, Ira Kaufman, Anwar S. Richardson and Nick Williams, Tampa Tribune
    (tie) Ed Miller, Norfolk Virginian-Pilot
    (tie) Bill Rabinowitz, Columbus Dispatch

Honorable mention:

  • George Hostetter, Fresno Bee
  • Randy Peterson, Des Moines Register
  • Ross Siler, Salt Lake Tribune


FEATURES

  1. Reid Forgrave, Des Moines Register
  2. David Poole, Charlotte Observer
  3. Vicki Friedman, Norfolk Virginian-Pilot
  4. Ron Green Jr., Charlotte Observer
  5. Marek Warszawski, Fresno Bee

Honorable mention:

  • Joe Capozzi, Palm Beach Post
  • Ron Kantowski, Las Vegas Sun
  • Sandy Ringer, Seattle Times
  • Kevin Scarbinsky, Birmingham News
  • Ross Siler, Salt Lake Tribune


GAME STORY

  1. Michael C. Lewis, Salt Lake Tribune
  2. Bryce Miller, Des Moines Register
  3. Michael DiRocco, Florida Times-Union
  4. Brian Dohn, Los Angeles Daily News
  5. (tie) Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    (tie) Scott Cacciola, Memphis Commercial Appeal

Honorable mention:

  • Bob Baptist, Columbus Dispatch
  • Gary D’Amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • John Eradi, Cincinnati Enquirer
  • Mike Waters, Syracuse Post-Standard


PROJECTS

  1. Jennie Rees, Greg Hall and Andrew Wolfson, Louisville Courier-Journal
  2. Jon Solomon, Ray Melick, Steve Irvine, Charles Goldberg, Doug Segrest and Mike Perrin, Birmingham News
  3. Dejan Kovacevic, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  4. Berry Tramel, Jake Trotter and John Helsley, Oklahoman
  5. Kurt Kragthorpe, Michael C. Lewis, Steve Luhm, Tony Jones, Martin Renzhofer, Maggie Thach, Lya Wodraska and Gordon Monson, Salt Lake Tribune

Honorable mention:

  • Dan Johnson, Des Moines Register
  • Dom Amore, Paul Doyle and Jeff Jacobs, Hartford Courant
  • Mark Alesia, Indianapolis Star
  • Sean Jensen and Tom Powers, St. Paul Pioneer Press
  • Nick Perry, Bob Condotta and Ken Armstrong, Seattle Times

40,000-100,000

BREAKING NEWS

  1. Bob Heist, Lafayette Daily Advertiser
  2. Gentry Estes, Mobile Press-Register
  3. Jeffrey Martin, Wichita Eagle
  4. Dan Wiederer, Fayetteville Observer
  5. Patrick Obley, Columbia State

Honorable mention:

  • David Birkett, Oakland Press
  • Pete Dougherty, Albany Times Union
  • Todd Henrichs, Lincoln Journal Star
  • Mike Sullivan and Jay Paris, North County Times
  • Evan Woodbury, Mobile Register


COLUMNS

  1. David Teel, Newport News Daily Press
  2. Bob Padecky, Santa Rosa Press Democrat
  3. George Schroeder, Eugene Register-Guard
  4. Kirk Wessler, Peoria Journal Star
  5. (tie) Jay Paris, North County Times
    (tie) Ron Morris, Columbia State

Honorable mention:

  • Jeff Carroll, South Bend (Ind.) Tribune
  • Lowell Cohn, Santa Rosa (Calif.) Press Democrat
  • Randy Kennedy, Mobile (Ala.) Press Register
  • Peter Kerasotis, Florida Today


EXPLANATORY

  1. Allen Vaughan, Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader
  2. Paul Suellentrop, Wichita Eagle
  3. Sal Interdonato, Middletown (N.Y.) Times Herald-Record
  4. Eric Branch, Santa Rosa Press Democrat
  5. Brian Rosenthal and Steven M. Sipple, Lincoln Journal Star

Honorable mention:

  • Bob Heist, Lafayette (La.) Daily Advertiser
  • Brian Hiro, North County Times
  • Rob Moseley, Eugene Register Guard
  • Chris Murray, Reno Gazette-Journal
  • Dan Wiederer, Fayetteville Observer


FEATURES

  1. Mike Fowler, Palm Springs Desert Sun
  2. Patrick Obley, Columbia State
  3. Scott Venci, Green Bay Press-Gazette
  4. David Ramsey, Colorado Springs Gazette
  5. Adam Jude, Eugene Register-Guard

Honorable mention:

  • Paul Klee, Champaign (Ill.) News-Gazette
  • Scott Hotard, Naples (Fla.) Daily News
  • Jerry Reimenschneider, Reading (Pa.) Eagle
  • Frank Schwab, Colorado Springs Gazette
  • Norm Wood, Newport News (Va.) Daily Press


GAMES STORY

  1. Brian Christopherson, Lincoln Journal Star
  2. Gareth Clary, Mobile Press-Register
  3. Mark Lazerus, Post-Tribune of Northwest Indiana
  4. Dan Wiederer, Fayetteville Observer
  5. Jeffrey Martin, Wichita Eagle

Honorable mention:

  • Brian Hiro, North County Times
  • Mark Inabinett, Mobile Press-Register
  • Mike Lowe, Portland Press Herald
  • Todd Shanesy, Spartanburg Herald-Journal
  • Annabelle Tometich, Fort Myers News-Press


PROJECTS

  1. David Teel, Newport News Daily Press
  2. Kari Booher, Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader
  3. Don Doxsie, Craig DeVrieze, Steve Batterson, Andrew Peterson and Eric Page, Quad-City Times
  4. Nate Ulrich, Times of Northwest Indiana, Munster, Ind.
  5. Ron Morris, Columbia State

Honorable mention:

  • Todd Porter, Steve Doerschuk, John Seaburn, Joseph Gartrell, Lori Monsewicz, G. Patrick Kelley, Bob Kast, Michael Weiss and Joe Frollo, Canton Repository
  • Scott M. Johnson, Everett Herald
  • Brian McCallum, Florida Today
  • Kevin Witt, Kevin Gleason and Justin Rodriguez, Middletown Times Herald-Record
  • Jason Gilmer, Spartanburg Herald-Journal

UNDER 40,000

BREAKING NEWS

  1. Ross Dellenger, Decatur Daily
  2. Brian T. Smith, Bristol Herald Courier
  3. Steve Rivera, Tucson Citizen
  4. Jason Wolf, Danville Register & Bee
  5. Mitch Worthington, Midland Reporter-Telegram

Honorable mention:

  • Brian Bainum, Marin Independent Journal
  • Matt Muench, Denton Record-Chronicle
  • Scott Petrak, Elyria Chronicle Telegram
  • Patrick Ridgell, Longmont (Colo.) Daily Times-Call
  • Austin Ward, Casper Star Tribune


COLUMNS

  1. Patrick Obley, Charlotte Sun
  2. Nick Pietruskiewicz, Northwest (Ill.) News Group
  3. Mark Patton, Santa Barbara News-Press
  4. Anthony Gimino, Tucson Citizen
  5. Jim Ingraham, Willoughby (Ohio) News-Herald

Honorable mention:

  • Rick S. Alvord, Longview (Wash.) Daily News
  • Chris Carlson, Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle
  • Cory Giger, Altoona (Pa.) Mirror
  • Jeff Kidd, Island Packet
  • Jason Lloyd, Lorain (Ohio) Morning Journal


EXPLANATORY

  1. Pete Tobey, Glens Falls Post-Star
  2. Jim Seimas, Santa Cruz Sentinel
  3. Cory Geiger, Altoona Mirror
  4. Todd M. Adams, Aurora Beacon News
  5. (tie) David Ubben, Columbia Missourian
    (tie) Austin Ward, Casper Star-Tribune

Honorable mention:

  • Brian Howell, Longmont (Colo.) Daily Times-Call
  • Justin Jackson, Dominion Post, Morgantown, W.Va.
  • Justin Jarrett, Island Packet
  • Gary Kalahar, Jackson (Mich.) Citizen Patriot


FEATURES

  1. Kellis Robinett, Idaho State Journal
  2. Spencer Campbell, Bristol Herald Courier
  3. Justin Jarrett, Island Packet
  4. Jason Lloyd, Lorain Morning Journal
  5. Alex Pavlovic, Santa Barbara News-Press

Honorable mention:

  • Rick S. Alvord, Longview (Wash.) Daily News
  • Tim Flagstad, Idaho State Journal
  • Joe Sunnen, Bellingham (Wash.) Herald
  • Christa Turner, Anniston Star
  • Dave Zeitlin, West Chester (Pa.) Daily Local News


GAMES STORY

  1. Mitch Rupert, Bloomsburg Press Enterprise
  2. Scott Chancey, Albany Herald
  3. Paul LaTour, Naperville Sun
  4. Steve Sherlock, Lewiston Sun Journal
  5. Chip Mundy, Jackson Citizen Patriot

Honorable mention:

  • Mick Colagelo, New Bedford Standard-Times
  • Tim Flagstad, Idaho State Journal
  • Ryan Moses, Santa Cruz Sentinel
  • Patrick Ridgell, Longmont (Colo.) Daily Times-Call
  • Justin Williams, Longmont (Colo.) Daily Times-Call


PROJECTS

  1. (tie) Paul Dehner, Albany Herald
    (tie) Justin Jarrett, Island Packet
  2. Tim McManus and Kate Fagan, Glens Falls Post-Star
  3. Buck Frank, Altoona Mirror
  4. Brian Plasters, Springfield News Sun

Honorable mention:

  • Josh Land, Bob Blubaugh and Patrick Stoetzer, Carroll County (Md.) Times
  • Austin Ward, Casper (Wyom.) Star-Tribune
  • Justin Williams, Longmont (Colo.) Daily Times-Call
  • Ty Reynolds, Brian Wiedman and Dan Woesner, Sauk Valley (Ill.) Newspapers
  • Tommy Deas, Jason Morton and Robert DeWitt, Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News


INVESTIGATIVE

(All circulation categories)

  1. Michael O’Keeffe, Christian Red, Teri Thompson and Nathaniel Vinton, New York Daily News
  2. Bill Moushey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  3. Jim Carty, John Heuser, Nathan Fenno and Dave Gershman, Ann Arbor News
  4. Josh Margolin and Ted Sherman, Newark Star-Ledger
  5. Scott M. Reid and Dan Albano, Orange County Register

Honorable mention:

  • Gary Jacobson and Jason Trahan, Dallas Morning News
  • Ross Siler, Tony Semerad and Michael C. Lewis, Salt Lake Tribune
  • Brent Schrotenboer and Eleanor Yang Su, San Diego Union-TribuneBud Withers and Ken Armstrong, Seattle Times
  • Jill Leiber Steeg, Erick Brady, Jodi Upton, Patrick Bohn, Steve Berkowitz, Michael McCarthy, A.J. Perez, Kristen Novak, Alex Newman and Garrett Hubbard, USA Today

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