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. This is the second of those interviews.

John Bednarowski was the APSE president in 2018-19, and he is interviewed by St. Louis Post-Dispatch digital sports editor Erik Hall.

Bednarowski is the sports editor at the Marietta (Georgia) Daily Journal. No APSE president has represented a smaller publication than Bednarowski. He’s proud to be the APSE president from the smallest publication, and he says it speaks highly of APSE that it elected a president from outside a large city. 

In this interview, Bednarowski also tells about starting the APSE Foundation as a 501c3 charity. He brings up the influence of presidential predecessor Jerry Micco of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Also, he tells the story of an infamous seafood appetizer. 

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