Nov. 11, 2016
Best of the Week — First Winner
Melania Trump modeled in US prior to getting work visa
The exclusive story's foundation was laid months ago, when questions arose about Melania Trump's immigration history and AP contacted employees at the modeling firm where she worked in the 1990s. No office records from the time were found at first. But AP's questions were asked, and one ex-worker kept searching through storage.
Finally, the documents turned up, and when the worker pointed AP to them, they became the basis of a story showing that the future wife of Donald Trump, who has taken strict stands on immigration enforcement, was paid for modeling jobs worth tens of thousands of dollars before she had permission to work in the U.S.
The AP's investigation, by Alicia Caldwell, Chad Day and Jake Pearson, earns the Beat of the Week.