FinebaumTelevision and radio personality Paul Finebaum will be the keynote speaker at Thursday’s luncheon during the 2016 Associated Press Sports Editors Summer Convention. The luncheon will take place at 12:15 p.m. Thursday at the Omni-Charlotte.

Finebaum is a television and radio personality, and former columnist.  After many years as a reporter, columnist, and sports-talk radio host in the Birmingham area, Finebaum was hired by ESPN in 2013 for its new SEC Network starting in 2014, and produces a radio/television simulcast out of the network’s regional base in  Charlotte. The show is also heard on SiriusXM radio.

Finebaum arrived in Birmingham in 1980 and became a columnist and investigative reporter for the Birmingham Post-Herald. Finebaum’s work has earned him over 250 national, regional, and area sports writing awards including the APSE award in 1983 for best investigative reporting. After leaving the Post-Herald, he wrote for more than 10 years for the Mobile Register and later for Since joining ESPN, has written for both ESPN The Magazine and

In 2013, Finebaum signed a book deal with Harper Collins and in 2015, “My Conference Can Beat Your Conference, Why the SEC Still Rules Football,’’ written with Gene Wojoiechowsk opened at No. 6 on the The New York Times best-seller for sports books and remained on the list for five months.

In 2015, Finebaum was awarded a Sports Emmy along with the crew of ESPN’s College GameDay for the work during the 2013 college football season.

In April, 2014, the University of Tennessee honored Finebaum, a 1978 graduate,  by presenting him with the “Accomplished Alumni Award,” which recognizes notable alumni for their success and distinction within their field.” In May, 2015, Finebaum delivered the commencement speech at the Ole Miss Law School.

To hear Finebaum’s talk (without Phyllis from Mulga or Tammy from Clanton), or take part in the other panels and labs available during the summer convention. Make sure to register:

Hotel reservation has been extended to Monday, May 23

Registration for APSE’s annual summer conference remains open.

The  conference  at the Omni-Charlotte has a room rate of $179 if booked no later than Monday, May 23.

To make reservations at The Omni – Charlotte:

  • Call (800) 843-6664 and ask for the APSE Conference rate of $179 (to get APSE room rate, must call to reserve).

Registration fees

Basic conference fees remain unchanged from last year, though Writers Wing members have a new option and students have a reduced fee.

The fees, if paid by June 1:

  • $250 for newspapers with circulation of more than 100,000 and stand-alone websites with monthly uniques of two million or more. Late registration after June 1 — $275
  • $200 for newspapers with circulation of under 100,000 and stand-alone websites with monthly uniques of more than two million. Late registration after June 1 — $225
  • NEW! $50for students. Late registration after June 1 — $75
  • NEW! $100 for Writers Wing members OR $50 for a day session.  Late registration after June 1 — $125. Fee for non-members is $150, $175 after June 1.

To register and pay online, go to the following link:

If paying by check, make checks payable to APSE and send to:


PO 29743

Richmond, VA 23242

Need a roommate?

If you’re looking for a roommate for the 2016 APSE Conference in Charlotte June 22-25, contact roommate coordinator Jane Havsy of the Daily Record (Parsippany, N.J.):
o: (973) 428-6682

c: 862-207-0785