L.A. Times Sports Earns 11 Top Honors in APSE Contest

The Times' "Game Changers" was named an APSE finalist in the projects category.
The Times’ “Game Changers” series about women in sports, including Simone Biles (above), was named an APSE finalist in the projects category.
(Christina House/Los Angeles Times)

The Los Angeles Times Sports department has earned the prestigious Associated Press Sports Editors “grand slam” honor, placing among the nation’s best sports websites and sections in all four categories of the annual journalism contest.

Judges listed The Times’ daily, Sunday and special sections among their Top 10 for 2020.

The Times previously was recognized with 11 top honors in the APSE competition. The Times was named a top-10 finisher in the digital category and received 10 nominations in individual categories for writing/video in the APSE contest. No other newspaper in the same circulation category (Division A) received more nominations.


“The number of nominations is wonderful, of course,” said Times Executive Sports Editor Chris Stone. “But the range of the stories and platforms recognized by the APSE judges is staggering: a high school basketball team in Michigan, the tragic journey of a rower traversing the Pacific, a first-of-its kind video NFL mock draft, the culinary hedonism of UCLA football, a beautiful 24-page special section — which dropped on International Women’s Day 2020 — on female athletes changing the games we play and watch.”

Stone said he was particularly gratified that The Times was recognized in a year that was anything but normal due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “The games stopped last year, for months, but the Times Sports staff didn’t,” he said. “[The Sports desk] was relentless and imaginative and essential, and it’s thrilling when work we take so much pride in inspires our peers to see it the same way.”

The top-10 honorees from The Times in individual categories were:

  • Investigative writing: Nathan Fenno
  • Beat writing: J. Brady McCollough
  • Breaking news: Nathan Fenno and Tania Ganguli, Dan Woike, Richard Winton, Sonali Kohli and Ben Poston
  • Column writing: Bill Plaschke
  • Explanatory writing: Nathan Fenno, David Wharton
  • Long features: David Wharton and J. Brady McCollough
  • Projects: Sammy Jo Hester, David Wharton, Helene Elliott
  • Video: Jason Armond, Mark Potts

The full list of honorees in the APSE contest can be found at the APSE website.