Sun writer's series about musical is awarded national prize by editors

March 01, 1998

Ken Fuson, a writer for The Sun's Today section, has been awarded the top prize in feature writing by the American Society of Newspaper Editors for his June 1997 series "A Stage in Their Lives."

The six-day series, which chronicled the making of the musical "West Side Story" at North County High School in Anne Arundel County, won the ASNE's 1998 Distinguished Writing Award for nondeadline writing.

It was one of seven annual journalism prizes awarded by the society, made up of top editors from daily newspapers in the United States and Canada.

"Ken Fuson took the most ordinary of stories -- a high school musical -- and through his powers of observation, understanding and storytelling, created a remarkable portrait of students sharing an experience that changed their lives," said Robert H. Giles, head of the Media Studies Center in New York, who led the judging.

"Ken's work exemplified to us the best in newspaper writing."

Fuson, 41, has been a feature writer at The Sun for just over a year. He has worked in newspapers since 1972. He attended the University of Missouri and also has worked for the Daily Tribune in Columbia, Mo., and the Des Moines Register.

The ASNE awards will be presented April 2 at the society's annual convention in Washington and will be published in "Best Newspaper Writing 1998."

Pub Date: 3/01/98

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