Times gets top recognition from APSE

From Times Staff Reports

The Los Angeles Times was among five newspapers in the over-250,000 circulation category to win a Triple Crown -- earning top-10 recognition for its daily, Sunday and special sections -- in the annual Associated Press Sports Editors writing and section contests that ended Wednesday.

Times reporters earned six acknowledgments, giving the newspaper an industry-high nine top-10 finishes overall.

Earning individual recognition were the team of Lonnie White and Gary Klein in project writing, Michael Hiltzik in investigative, Chris Dufresne and Mike Bresnahan in game-story writing, Diane Pucin for breaking news and Bill Plaschke in columns.


A top five and honorable mentions among the writing finalists will be announced later.

The section judging is final, and awards will be distributed in June at the APSE convention in St. Louis.

Other individual top-10 finishers included: Orange County Register reporters Scott M. Reid, Robert Kuwada and Tony Saavedra in investigative; Bill Witz of the Los Angeles Daily News in game-story writing in the 100,000-250,000 circulation category; and, among papers with circulations from 40,000 to 100,000, Rhiannon Potkey of the Ventura County Star in explanatory journalism and John Klima of the South Bay Daily Breeze in columns.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise was among the top 10 in the 100,000-250,000 category for its daily sections.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Dallas Morning News, the Kansas City Star and the Orlando Sentinel joined The Times as Triple Crown winners among the largest newspapers.