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AP writers, photogs win big in AP Sports Editors awards

Eddie Pells

Eddie Pells

Alex Brandon

Alex Brandon








Several AP writers and photographers won big awards at the AP Sports Editors winter meeting earlier this month and will be honored at the group’s June convention.

National writer Eddie Pells, an NMG member, won the Grimsley Award for outstanding body of work, as well as the best feature prize, for his story on equestrian rider Boyd Martin and his Olympic dreams. That story was part of his body of work, along with a takeout on NFL player Tim Tebow and a profile on Olympic track champion Usain Bolt.

Golf writer Doug Ferguson won story of the year honors, for his piece on Augusta National golf club allowing the first female members in its 81-year history, Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore.

Sports writer Howard Fendrich shared the enterprise writing prize with national writers Martha Irvine and Nancy Armour. They wrote “The Hardest Hit,” about long-term effects of repeated concussions on NFL players, through the eyes of former Dallas Cowboy Tony Dorsett and others. Continue reading

Why I Joined the Guild

RA Chairman Steve Karnowski

By Steve Karnowski
I was proud to sign my Guild card shortly after I was hired at the AP in 1994 because I already owed the union a deep debt of gratitude.

My history with the union goes way back. I first joined the old Wire Service Guild around 1983 in my first job out of college back when UPI had a Minneapolis bureau. When UPI went bankrupt and laid off me and many other reporters in 1984, Kevin Keane fought for and eventually won us the severance pay we were due. Continue reading