The 2013-14 Diversity Fellows class at a snowy IUPUI

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. 

Michael Anastasi was the APSE president in 2011-12 and is interviewed by St. Louis Post-Dispatch digital sports editor Erik Hall. Anastasi is currently the USA TODAY Network South Regional Editor and Vice President and Editor for The Tennessean in Nashville. 

He reflects on launching the APSE Diversity Fellowship during his APSE presidency and how that program has progressed in the ensuing years. 

Anastasi also talks about changes to the Red Smith Award voting process that were made during his time as an APSE officer to create a more inclusive electorate. 

As APSE president, he held the 2012 convention in conjunction with the Association for Women in Sports Media, and he tells about how that occurred. 

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