Best of the AP

Best of the Week - First Winner Jan. 14, 2022

‘You had me at AP’: Sweeping coverage of Jan. 6 anniversary showcases AP’s depth and range

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Rolled out over the week of Jan. 6, AP's one-year anniversary coverage of the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol stood out in a highly competitive field, with exclusive content across text, photos and video, including an interview with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Weeks of preparation and reporting paid off in broad, deep, insightful coverage. Among the offerings: lawmakers recounting their experiences inside the Capitol on the fateful day, a profile of protester Ashli Babbitt, AP staffers’ first-person accounts of covering the riot, the stubborn hold of conspiracy theories, teachers around the country debating how to teach the event, and much more.

Photos and video were no less compelling, highlighted by the exclusive and widely used on-camera interview of Pelosi, who chose to sit down with AP rather than the networks on the eve of the anniversary.

For demonstrating the AP’s ability to deliver best-in-class content across platforms on this major anniversary, the team behind the Jan. 6 coverage is AP’s Best of the Week — First Winner.

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Best of the Week - Second Winner Jan. 14, 2022

Years of beat work on troubled US federal prisons leads to AP scoop on director’s resignation

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On Thursday, Jan. 6, when most media, including the AP, had their attention turned toward the anniversary of last year's insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, AP’s reporters on the federal prison beat, Mike Balsamo and Mike Sisak, acted on a tip, breaking news elsewhere.

In the latest in a string of scoops on the troubled Federal Bureau of Prisons, they revealed that Michael Carvajal, the beleaguered director of the system was resigning amid increasing scrutiny over his leadership in the wake of AP reporting that uncovered widespread problems at the agency.

The story the pair produced was so rich with facts and context from their previous reporting that no other media could match it. Other major news organizations had to cite AP and its body of work on the prisons bureau.

For continued domination of the beat, earned over years of tenacious reporting, Balsamo and Sisak are AP’s Best of the Week — Second Winners.

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