Asbury Park Press

Asbury Park Press
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Gannett Company
Publisher Thomas M. Donovan
Editor Hollis R. Towns
Founded 1879
Headquarters 3601 Highway 66
Neptune, New Jersey 07754
United States
Circulation 91,000 Daily
136,000 Sunday
(March 2013)[1]
Website APP.COM
Asbury Park Press logo in 2009

The Asbury Park Press is a daily newspaper in Monmouth and Ocean counties of New Jersey and has the third largest circulation in the state.[2] Its investigative staff, led by editor Paul D'Ambrosio, has been awarded numerous national honors in journalism, including the Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting, two the Associated Press Managing Editors' Award for Public Service, the National Headliner Award for Public Service and two National Headliner Awards for Best Series (large papers). The Press' investigative team was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Public Service. The newspaper was also the home to editorial cartoonist Steve Breen when he won the Pulitzer Prize in that category in 1998.

Gannett purchased the paper in 1997.


Asbury Park Press Building

In 2004 the story "Profiting from Public Service" by Paul D'Ambrosio, Jason Method, James W. Prado Roberts, Alan Guenther, Jean Mikle and staff won the Farfel Prize for excellence in investigative reporting which was the inauguration of this award. It also won The National Headliner Award for public service, the SPJ/SDX National Award for public service in the large papers category, and the APME Public Service Award for large papers.[3]


Award Year Story/Staffer National Award
2016 "Childhood Lead Poisoning in New Jersey," by Todd B. Bates National Association of Black Journalists, Specialty Reporting, finalist
2016 Hollis R. Towns

APME McGruder Diversity Award

2016 "Tax Crisis" by Paul D'Ambrosio, Susanne Cervenka, Todd B. Bates, Bob Jordan, Michael Symons, Kala Kachmar, Shannon Mullen, Ken Serrano and Michael Diamond

National award for Excellence in Economic Reporting
National SDX/SPJ Award for Public Service
Best of Gannett, Public Service Award, large publication division
NYC Deadline Club Awards - Best newspaper reporting, up to 100,000 circ.

2016 "Betrayal of Trust" by Shannon Mullen

National Press Club/Joseph D. Ryle Award for Excellence in Writing on the Problems of Geriatrics
National Headliner Awards/Series writing, under 100,000 - third place

2016 "Monmouth County Tax Assessment" by Susanne Cervenka

Livingston Awards for Young Journalists - Finalist

2015 "The Iron Soldier" by Ken Serrano and Brian Johnston

National Headliners Club - Best series, up to 100,000 circ. - second place
NYC Deadline Club Awards - Best newspaper reporting, up to 100,000 circ. - finalist

2015 "Summit for Success" by staff

NYC Deadline Club Awards - Best minority focus - finalist

2014 "Heroin at the Shore" by Dustin Racioppi and Amanda Oglesby

NYC Deadline Club Awards - Public Service finalist

2013 "Superstorm Sandy at the Jersey Shore" by Staff

"APME Public Service and Best of Show
National SPJ/SDX Deadline Reporting Award (medium papers)
Scripps Howard Breaking News Award, finalist
Deadline Club of NYC, Breaking News Award, finalist

2013 "Cheated: Why Lakewood's public schools have failed us" by Shannon Mullen, Ken Serrano, Margaret Bonafide and Todd B. Bates

Deadline Club of NYC, Minority Focus Award

2012 "Deadly Decisions" by Shannon Mullen

Deadline Club of NYC, Feature Writing Award; Taylor Family Fairness Award, finalist

2011 "Breaking Point" by Paul D'Ambrosio, Shannon Mullen, Christopher Schnaars, Jean Mikle, Todd B. Bates and Andrea Clurfeld National Headliner Award, best series in a large daily; Investigative Reporters and Editors award, finalist
2011 "Barnegat Bay Under Stress" by Kirk Moore, Todd B. Bates with graphics by Jeff Colson Generoso Pope Award for best local coverage within the New York metropolitan area; APME Public Service Award, medium newspapers, finalist; Best of Gannett Public Service, second place; Online News Association Public Service Award.
2010 "Fighting New Jersey's Tax Crush" by Paul D'Ambrosio, Shannon Mullen, Jean Mikle, Todd B. Bates and Andrea Clurfeld Pulitzer Prize Public Service Gold Medal, finalist; National Headliner Award, best series in a large daily; APME Public Service Award, medium newspapers; Brechner Freedom of Information Award; Best of Gannett Community Conversation Award
2009 "A Troubled Diagnosis" by Alan Guenther Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, finalist
2007 created by Paul D'Ambrosio Knight News Innovation Award, EPpy Awards, finalist; Knight-Batten Awards for Innovation – Crowdsourcing, notable entry
2006 "New Jersey's Pension Peril" by Michael L. Diamond, Nicholas Clunn, Eileen Smith, Peter N. Spencer, Ken Tarbous, Rob Jennings, Alan Guenther, Jonathan Tamari and Paul D'Ambrosio Investigative Reporters and Editors, medium newspapers, finalist
2005 Corruption editorials by Randy Bergmann Scripps Howard Walker Stone Award
2004 Profiting from Public Service (published with Gannett New Jersey) by Paul D'Ambrosio, James W. Prado Roberts, Jason Method, Alan Guenther, Jean Mikle, Erik Schwartz, and GNJ staff Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting; Farfel Prize for Excellence in Investigative Reporting; The National Headliner Award for Public Service; SDX Award for Public Service; APME Award for Public Service; Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, finalist; The Worth Bingham Prize, honorable mention; The Scripps Howard Award for Public Service, finalist; The IRE Award, finalist; Deadline Club Public Service, finalist


  1. "2013 Audit Bureau of Circulations". Audit Bureau of Circulations. 2013-03-31. Archived from the original (URL) on 2013-03-17. Retrieved 2013-03-31.
  2. "About Gannett: Asbury Park Press". Gannett Co., Inc. Retrieved 2007-02-27.
  3. The Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting

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