Herald comes away with six honors

Linda Robertson
Linda Robertson

The Miami Herald was honored with four writing and two section awards in the annual Associated Press Sports Editors contest, which recognizes the nation’s best sports journalism.

Jay Weaver was named a top-10 finalist in two categories, Breaking News and Explanatory. Weaver, the newspaper’s federal courts reporter, broke the story about Alex Rodriguez’s confession to federal agents about his steroid use in connection with the Biogenesis case. Weaver also wrote about Rodriguez’s efforts to impede Major League Baseball’s investigation by paying hush money to witnesses.

Linda Robertson, a Miami Herald sports columnist and reporter, received top-10 recognition in Explanatory for “Turbulent Voyage,” a story on the secretive underground pipeline by which Cuban baseball players are smuggled off the island and their convoluted paths to the major leagues.

Six Miami Herald reporters made the top 10 in the Project category for a collection of 10 stories about soccer star David Beckham’s quest to build a Major League Soccer stadium in Miami and the political fallout of his proposals. Patricia Mazzei, Douglas Hanks, Michelle Kaufman, Barry Jackson, Andres Viglucci and Nadege Green wrote about the controversial stadium sites, stadium financing, how much appeal a local franchise would generate and Beckham’s role in the campaign.

At the APSE meeting held in Orlando, the Miami Herald sports department was recognized in both the print and online categories, earning Honorable Mention for its Special Sections entry previewing the football season among publications with the largest circulation (over 175,000) and in the Website category.