Wilner’s winning entry told how Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr is guided by the life examples set by his father, Malcolm Kerr, a Middle East scholar who was murdered in 1984. Wilner will be presented a first-place plaque at the 2016 APSE banquet. The banquet and awards dinner concludes the APSE Conference June 22-25 at the Omni-Charlotte Hotel in Charlotte, N.C.
Wilner garnered 47 points and two first-place votes in the final balloting to best runner-up Kate Fagan of ESPN.com (44 points, two first-place votes). ESPN.com’s J.R. Moehringer finished third with 43 points and one first-place vote.
Sports editors in the Over 175,000 category submitted a total of 100 Features entries. The contest is open to APSE members. Click here to join.
Contest chair Tommy Deas 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 late February and early March, preliminary judges at the APSE Winter Conference at Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., 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 Feature Writing category is judged on human interest, reader interest, quality of writing and thoroughness of reporting. Each member news organization was permitted up to three entries in this category.
The Top 10 is listed below with links to writers’ Twitter pages, APSE member websites and winning entries.