Aug. 17, 2017
Best of the States
AP dominates coverage of Charlottesville violence
Sarah Rankin and Steve Helber were covering a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia when chaos broke out. The marchers and counter protesters – Rankin’s words – ‘’threw punches, screamed, set off smoke bombs. They hurled water bottles, balloons of paint, containers full of urine. They unleashed chemical sprays. Some waved Confederate flags. Others burned them.’’
Rankin and Helber were the first of many AP colleagues to cover the story, and their initial work paid off in significant ways.