June 02, 2017
Best of the States
Death row inmates' last words: Apologies, thanks, defiance
To most, inmates facing execution in America are just names, mug shots and written descriptions of their crimes.
AP was interested in going beyond that, seeking to tell their stories in creative ways that reach beyond our traditional audiences. To make that happen, a unique interactive created by Atlanta-based reporter Kate Brumback, Interactive Editor Nathan Griffiths and Interactive Producer Roque Ruiz takes people inside Georgia’s execution chamber to actually hear the last words of inmates right before they were put to death.
For their resourceful and compelling work, the team of Brumback, Griffiths and Ruiz receives this week's Best of the States award.