Best of AP — Honorable Mention


Exclusive: A young mayor and a fatal attraction to opioids


Michael Rubinkam, reporter, Northeast Pennsylvania, and Matt Rourke, photographer, Philadelphia, for a sensitive portrayal of the family of a 24-year-old Pennsylvania mayor whose cause of death a year ago had been kept under wraps. The family gave a detailed and heartbreaking account of his heroin overdose, enabling a hugely compelling story and beautiful portraits that generated high praise and AP chart-topping engagement from readers across the country, and front-page play in papers from one end of the state to the other.

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