Kwiatkowski, Evans and Alesia won for a series of stories uncovering years of unreported sexual abuses committed by USA Gymnastics coaches. They will be presented a first-place plaque at the 2017 APSE banquet in New Orleans.
Sports editors in the Investigative category submitted a total of 32 entries. The contest is open to APSE members. Click here to join.
Contest chair Jeff Rosen and fellow APSE officers Tommy Deas, John Bednarowski and Robert Gagliardi numbered each entry, assuring they had been stripped of headlines, graphics, bylines and any other element that would identify the writer or news organization.
In February, preliminary judges at the APSE Winter Conference in Lake Buena Vista, 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 2017 APSE Summer Conference at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans June 26-29. The second- through 10th-place honorees will receive frameable certificates. (Click here to register for the conference.)
The Investigative category judges an article or collection of articles that uncover newsworthy and significant facts and developments that otherwise might not have been reported. Impact and aftermath of the work were considered.
The top 10 is listed below with links to writers’ Twitter pages, APSE member websites and winning entries.