The Craig Stanke 5K honors Tim Stephens’ predecessor at CBS Sports, a dedicated sports editor who left us way too soon. We always posted looking at our watch because it was a running joke with Craig that he could never seem to get photographed at the finish line without looking at his watch in every shot

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. 

Tim Stephens was the APSE president in 2013-14 while deputy managing editor at CBS Sports. He is interviewed by St. Louis Post-Dispatch digital sports editor Erik Hall. 

During his tenure as APSE president, Stephens started the APSE student chapters for college students along with the APSE student contest. He talks about the work that went into that launch. 

Stephens reflects on working with both Van McKenzie, APSE president in 1982-83; Lynn Hoppes, APSE president in 2008-09; and Todd M. Adams, APSE president in 2019-20, at the Orlando Sentinel. 

He also describes how APSE helped him improve as a young sports editor at the Birmingham (Alabama) Post-Herald and rise to be deputy managing editor for 

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