The News-Gazette won four writing awards and was honored in section judging for the third consecutive year in the annual Associated Press Sports Editors' contest.
Competing in the 30,000-75,000 circulation category, The News-Gazette's Sunday section was named honorable mention (top 20). Three staff members — Paul Klee, Bob Asmussen and Jim Rossow — placed in the top 10 in four writing categories. The top five finalists in the writing categories will be announced in April. Winners will receive their awards at the June APSE convention in Detroit.
Klee, who covered college basketball for The News-Gazette before moving to the Colorado Springs Gazette in November, was honored for his story on the Assembly Hall turning 50 (sports feature) as well as his account of Bruce Weber's firing (breaking news). College football writer Asmussen won for his story on coaches who get fired (explanatory). Sports editor Rossow was recognized for his look at the 25th anniversary of the three-point shot in college basketball (project reporting).
The APSE awards, voted on by sports editors from across the nation during four days of judging, honor work published in 2012.