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The Gazette earns national accolades for sports coverage from Associated Press Sports Editors



The Colorado Springs Gazette earned numerous national accolades from The Associated Press Sports Editors for work in 2023.

The sports section was among the top 10 in its category for print portfolio (which considers daily and Sunday editions) as well as in the digital category.

The Gazette competes in the third-largest category, which also features publications such as the Daily Memphian, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star, The State (Columbia, S.C.), Wichita Eagle and Wisconsin State Journal.

“It’s always exciting to see our work earn praise from, and in comparison to, our peers on a national level,” said sports editor Brent Briggeman. “We’ve added three sports reporters over the past two years. To have a showing like this once again in the APSE awards speaks to the seamless nature of that transition, which I credit to our staff’s hard work and dedication to covering sports in our community.”

Reporter Carson Field was honored in the short features category for his profile of Colorado College goalkeeper Kaidan Mbereko. It was Field’s first APSE award.

Game analysis and insights from The Gazette sports staff including columns by Woody Paige and Paul Klee.

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Photo editor Christian Murdock placed in the feature photo category for an image of Colorado Buffaloes quarterback Shedeur Sanders warming up before facing Nebraska.

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