Coverage of Sandy and Honduras earn AP staffers National Headliner Awards

Four Associated Press journalists earned top honors in the National Headliner Awards, announced today by the sponsoring Press Club of Atlantic City.

Honduras correspondent Alberto Arce won first prize for his coverage of Latin America’s most violent country. His reporting from the region has earned numerous accolades this year. Texas-based reporter Jim Vertuno also won first prize for sports writing, based on his coverage of the Lance Armstrong scandal.

For photography, Manish Swarup’s powerful picture of a burning Tibetan running through a street earned him first place honors in two categories — Spot News and Best of Show. And in New York, Bebeto Matthews earned first prize for feature photography for his post-storm image, “Sandy Claus.”

See a slideshow of winning images by AP photojournalists. In total, AP journalists won nine awards. See the full list of winners at

On April 15, it was announced that AP won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography for images of the Syrian civil war. In recent months AP photographers have also been honored by Pictures of the Year International, World Press Photo, China International Press Photo Competition (CHIPP) and the White House News Photographers Association.