Former APSE President Paul Anger

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. 

Paul Anger was the APSE president in 1994-95 while sports editor at the Miami Herald. He is interviewed by St. Louis Post-Dispatch digital sports editor Erik Hall. 

He worked at the Miami Herald from 1972-2001. He was later vice president and editor of the Des Moines Register (2002-05) and editor & publisher Detroit Free Press (2005-15). 

During his time as APSE president, Anger fought the NCAA when it tried to prevent newspapers that published betting odds from receiving credentials to NCAA events. With the help of other journalism organizations, Anger successfully prevented the NCAA from censoring newspapers. 

Anger also praises his two immediate predecessors as APSE president, Dale Bye and Sandy Rosenbush, for their work connected to regional meetings and diversity. 

He also talks about starting his career at the Miami Herald and working for Ed Storin. It was a combination that led to APSE being in his blood. He expresses pride in seeing the organization reach its 50th year. 

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