Jon Hale of the Lexington Herald-Leader won first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors 2022 contest in the Division B Breaking News category for his coverage of a University of Kentucky investigation into members of the football team filing inaccurate timecards for jobs at the university hospital.

APSE contest winners will be honored at the 2023 APSE Summer Conference banquet at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas on July 12. Click here to register for the conference, which begins on July 9 and will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of APSE.     

Courtney Tanner of The Salt Lake Tribune tied for second with Adam Sparks and Mike Wilson of the Knoxville News Sentinel.  

Hale will receive a plaque. The second- through 10th-place finishers will receive frameable certificates.                                                                                                     

Sports editors in Division B submitted 67 Breaking News entries. 

Contest chair Naila-Jean Meyers and fellow APSE officers Jorge Rojas, Dan Spears and Ed Reed prepared the entries. The contest is open to APSE members. Click here to join.

Contest results: Sections, digital, video | Writing and photography

In February, judges at the APSE Winter Conference in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., and remote judges around the country selected a top 10, with each judge ranking the entries in order from 1 to 10. Entries were given 10 points for a first-place vote, nine points for second and so on down to one point for a 10th-place vote. The final 10 were given to a second judging group, which ranked the entries 1-10 in the same fashion. 

The final rankings are determined by tallying the ballots.

The top 10 is listed below with voting results and links to the winning entries.

  1. Jon Hale, Lexington Herald-Leader, 47 points (1 first-place vote)
  2. (tie) Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, 46 points (3 first-place votes)

2. (tie) Adam Sparks and Mike Wilson, Knoxville News Sentinel, 46 points (2 first-place votes)

4. Tim O’Shei and Jason Wolf, The Buffalo News, 38 points

5. Christine Vendel and Brian Linder, PennLive, 31 points

6. Bobby Nightengale, The Cincinnati Enquirer, 28 points

7. Derrick Goold, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 27 points

8. Michael Phillips, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 26 points

9. Mark Singelais, Albany (N.Y.) Times Union, 23 points

10. Joe Rutter, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 18 points