Henry Freeman

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

Henry Freeman was the APSE president in 1987-88, and he is interviewed by St. Louis Post-Dispatch digital sports editor Erik Hall. 

Freeman also received the 2017 Red Smith Award. He is one of eight people to serve as APSE president and receive the Red Smith Award. 

In the interview, Freeman reflects on his work to transform the APSE budget structure during his presidency. He also talks about the importance of the organization to him becoming the first sports editor at USA Today, where he worked from 1981-89. 

Freeman also spends time offering advice for any future APSE president. He also encourages the organization to continue placing importance on forward thinking. 

If you are a former APSE president and have not conducted or scheduled an interview, reach out to Erik Hall at hallerik7@gmail.com