Grant Egger, sports editor for the Washington County Pilot-Tribune and Enterprise and Arlington Citizen, received a top honor Saturday during the Nebraska Press Association's annual convention in Kearney.
Egger was named the 2019 Outstanding Young Nebraska Journalist. He received a trophy and a $500 prize.
“This journalist has the ability to find and write about people engaged in the sports in a way that brings them to life,” the judge said.
The judge noted Egger's coverage of major sports such as basketball, baseball and football and included his story on the Blair High School football team's overtime win against Grand Island Northwest, which sent the Bears to the Class B playoffs, was a prime example.
“His story provided all the color and context as well as the game details that a sports fan would want and enjoy. He does it in a style that is clear as well as engaging,” the said.
But, the judge said, Egger showed he can cover a much wider range of athletic competitions.
“His story about a junior national rodeo finalist contestant and her horse, Cupcake, is full of warmth and emotion,” they said.
He was also commended for his story about a retired physics professor who bicycles nearly 2,400 miles a year.
“We are very proud of Grant for earning this recognition,” Managing Editor Leeanna Ellis said. “He is truly deserving, and now others cans see what we at Enterprise Media Group already know — that he is an outstanding young journalist.”
Egger has worked for the newspapers since 2016.