Knoxville News Sentinel earns nine awards in APSE contest

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The News Sentinel, the Scripps newspaper in Knoxville, Tenn., was honored nine times in the annual Associated Press Sports Editors contest, the most by any newspaper in its circulation division.

Winners covering work done during 2012 were announced at the APSE's winter conference in Orlando, Fla., this week.

Included in the 75,001-175,000 division was a top 10 for special section. The 38-page section on the career of Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt was designed by Jennifer Dedman and the content by beat writer Dan Fleser.

The News Sentinel also received honorable mention distinction for daily newspapers, placing it among the top 20 sports sections.

Selected among the top 10:

  • UT men's basketball beat writer Brendan F. Quinn for his portfolio in the beat writing category. Quinn also was honored in explanatory writing for his comprehensive look at salaries in the UT athletic department and subsequent layoffs.
  • Senior columnist John Adams for his body of work in column writing.
  • UT football writer Evan Woodbery in breaking news for coverage for the firing of coach Derek Dooley.
  • News side reporters Matt Lakin and Megan Boehnke in breaking news for coverage of the investigation into former UT men's swimming coach John Trembley.
  • The News Sentinel also placed two entries in the top 10 in multimedia for websites with monthly unique visitors under 2 million. Honored were Erin Chapin, Lauren Spuhler and Rachel Wise for the Tookie Stanford documentary and also Chapin for a video tribute to Summitt.

The top five and overall winners in the writing and multimedia divisions will be announced in April.