Post sportswriters receive top APSE awards for their writing

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Washington Post staff writers Mike Wise and Chico Harlan received first-place awards from the Associated Press Sports Editors for their work in 2009. Four other members of the Post Sports staff received honors in the judging, which takes place each year to recognize exemplary work in sports journalism.

Wise received first place in the feature writing category for newspapers with a circulation of 250,000 or higher for his portrait of Donald Brashear of the Washington Capitals; Harlan took first place in the game story category for his story on the Washington Nationals final game of the 2009 season.

In other awards, Eric Prisbell and Steve Yanda finished second in the project reporting category for their three-part series on the Maryland men's basketball program; Liz Clarke won fourth place in the game story category for her story on Rachel Alexandra's victory in the Preakness; and Sally Jenkins finished fifth in the feature writing category for her profile of ex-Washington Redskins great John Riggins.

Jenkins also received honorable mention for her columns in 2009.

In awards announced earlier by the APSE, the Post Sports section was named one of the top-10 daily sports sections in the country for the 250,000 and above circulation category and received a top-10 finish in the special section contest for its section previewing the 2009 NCAA men's basketball tournament.

-- From staff reports

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