NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Sedensky, an award-winning writer and multimedia journalist currently serving as West Palm Beach correspondent, has been named to AP's national reporting team. The announcement was made by Pauline Arrillaga, enterprise editor for the U.S.
Sedensky's career has taken him from Hartford to Honolulu, Kansas City to South Florida, where his stories have included Rick Scott's successful run for governor and the Gulf oil spill, as well as crime, trials and news on specialized beats including religion and aging.
Regularly deployed to major stories, he covered the Virginia Tech shootings and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and wrote groundbreaking reports investigating the Vatican's handling of sex abuse cases and their ties to Pope Benedict XVI.
A recipient of the John L. Dougherty Award, honoring an outstanding young AP journalist, Sedensky was named Florida's top beat reporter by the Florida Society of News Editors and has received numerous writing awards. He won the 2015 feature writing award from the Associated Press Media Editors for his narrative "One Death Too Many," about a troubled man who found his calling as a hospice nurse until death came too close. The APME judges said, "The writer takes you on a journey that is inspiring and haunting."
In addition, Sedensky is a trained video journalist who has produced feature video pieces for the AP and will be joining others on the National Reporting Team who regularly use those tools in reporting major news and top national enterprise. He also is a knowledgeable data journalist, having served as the inaugural fellow at The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research in Chicago, where he studied social science and data analysis at the University of Chicago.
Sedensky, who will be based in New York, is a 2002 graduate of New York University.