Music writer Chris Talbott of Nashville, Tenn., won this week’s AP Beat of the Week award for an impressive string of entertainment beats, all in just a week.
A Guild member, Talbott scored the first interview with a member of the The Civil Wars since the Grammy-winning duo’s messy breakup last fall.
He then broke the news that Randy Travis had a stroke and emergency surgery while he was being treated for congestive heart failure caused by a viral illness. Talbott also got exclusive video and the first comment from the singer’s doctor.
Next, Talbott got the scoop that tenor Placido Domingo was hospitalized in Spain with a pulmonary embolism. Naturally, Talbott also scored the first comment when the opera singer was released.
He also broke the news that country star Dierks Bentley would hold a benefit for the 19 firefighters killed in an Arizona wildfire.
Finally, Talbott was first to report about pop singer Beyonce’s moment of silence for Trayvon Martin after a Florida jury cleared George Zimmerman of all charges in the shooting death of the black teen.