Dave Smith, the first president of Associated Press Sports Editors

The Associated Press Sports Editors celebrates its 50th year in 2023. A series of interviews with the organization’s past presidents will be unveiled throughout the year to mark this milestone. 

Dave Smith was the APSE president from 1974-76 while he was executive sports editor at The Boston Globe. He is interviewed by St. Louis Post-Dispatch digital sports editor Erik Hall. 

He also led The Dallas Morning News sports section from 1981-2004 after time with The Boston Globe (1970-78) and The Washington Star (1978-81). 

Smith is the only person to serve as the APSE president for two years. He developed the idea to form the Associated Press Sports Editors, which he said was inspired by his attendance at an Associated Press Managing Editors conference. Smith discusses his approach to establishing APSE and some hurdles to getting involvement from editors around the country. 

Smith also reflects on receiving the 1990 Red Smith Award. He was the first sports editor to receive the recognition. 

Click here for the video with Dave: https://youtu.be/_rG1_mq1Gmc 

If you are a former APSE president and have yet to conduct or schedule an interview, reach out to Erik Hall at hallerik7@gmail.com.