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.[3] 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.


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.[4]

Award yearStory/stafferNational award
2017"," Brian Johnston - Mid-Atlantic chapter, Human Interest Feature
2017"," Andrew Ford - Best newspaper reporting, under 100,000 circ.
2017"," Kala KachmarLivingston Awards for Young Journalists - Finalist
2016 by Todd B. BatesNational Association of Black Journalists,
2016Hollis R. Towns

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

2016 by Shannon Mullen

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 by Ken Serrano and Brian Johnston

2015 by staff

2014 by Dustin Racioppi and Amanda Oglesby

2013 by Staff

2013 by Shannon Mullen, Ken Serrano, Margaret Bonafide and Todd B. Bates

2012 by Shannon Mullen


2011 by Paul D'Ambrosio, Shannon Mullen, Christopher Schnaars, Jean Mikle, Todd B. Bates and Andrea Clurfeld;
2011 by Kirk Moore, Todd B. Bates with graphics by Jeff ColsonGeneroso 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 by Paul D'Ambrosio, Shannon Mullen, Jean Mikle, Todd B. Bates and Andrea Clurfeld; ; APME Public Service Award, medium newspapers; ; Best of Gannett Community Conversation Award
2009"A Troubled Diagnosis" by Alan Guenther
2007 created by Paul D'AmbrosioKnight 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
2005Corruption editorials by Randy BergmannScripps Howard Walker Stone Award
2004 (published with Gannett New Jersey) by Paul D'Ambrosio, James W. Prado Roberts, Jason Method, Alan Guenther, Jean Mikle, Erik Schwartz, and GNJ staff; 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