BY TODD M. ADAMS, APSE FIRST VICE PRESIDENT

Heather Dinich, Adam Rittenberg and Tom VanHaaren of ESPN.com won first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors 2018 contest in the Investigative category.

Dinich, Rittenberg and VanHaaren will be presented a first-place plaque at the 2019 APSE Summer Conference Banquet at the Omni CNN Center on June 19.

The trio edged runner-up Chadd Cripe from the Idaho Statesman. Bob Hohler, Sacha Pfeiffer, Andrew Ryan, Beth Healy and Patricia Wen from The Boston Globe placed third.

Sports editors submitted 36 investigative entries. The contest is open to APSE members. Click here to join.

Contest chair Todd M. Adams and fellow APSE officers John Bednarowski, Lisa Wilson and Dan Spears prepared entries. In February, preliminary judges at the APSE Winter Conference in Orlando, 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.

The investigative judges considered an entry’s enterprise, initiative, documentation, resourcefulness and original reporting in uncovering newsworthy and significant facts and developments that otherwise might not have been reported. Impact and aftermath of the work was considered.

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

1. Heather Dinich, Adam Rittenberg and Tom VanHaaren, ESPN.com 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10, — 67 points, 2 first-place votes
2. Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman (Boise, Idaho) 1 2 3 4 5 6 – 66 points, 3 first-place votes 
3. Bob Hohler, Sacha Pfeiffer, Andrew Ryan, Beth Healy and Patricia Wen, The Boston Globe 12 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 – 62 points, 2 first-place votes
4. Nancy Armour, Rachel Axon, Brent Schrotenboer and Jasper Colt, USA TODAY Sports 1 2 34 5 6 7 – 61 points
5. John Canzano, The Oregonian/OregonLive (Portland) 1 2 3 4 – 42 points, 1 first-place vote
6. Seth Klamann, Brady Oltmans and Shane Sanderson, Casper Star-Tribune 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 – 41 points
7. Scott Reid, Southern California News Group (Anaheim, Calif.) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 – 39 points
T8. Jim Baumbach and David Schwartz, Newsday 1 2 – 23 points
T8. Pete Thamel, Dan Wetzel and Pat Forde, Yahoo Sports 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 – 23 points
10. Joe Sirera and Spencer Turkin, News & Record (Greensboro, N.C.) 1 2, 16 points

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