Best of the Week


Outstanding coverage following Kobe Bryant helicopter crash

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Firefighters work the scene of the helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., where nine people, including former NBA star Kobe Bryant, died, Jan. 26, 2019. – AP Photo / Mark J. Terrill

Following the death of Kobe Bryant, AP’s weeklong body of work captured the breadth, depth and complexity of a life that went far beyond basketball. Even in news cycles crowded with coronavirus and impeachment stories, the crash that killed Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others was at or near the top of AP’s most-read and downloaded content for much of the week. In a sterling effort by numerous staffers in all formats, the work of sportswriters Tim Reynolds and Greg Beacham, reporters Stefanie Dazio and Amy Taxin, and photographers Mark Terrill and Richard Vogel stood out.

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