Gabriel has done a tremendous job with this profile of a former Flintridge Prep standout trying to make his way in the NFL. The story gives an interesting and nuanced portrait of Ramses Barden, an up-and-coming wide receiver for the New York Giants, accomplished despite the fact Gabriel had to write the story 3,000 miles away from his subject.
News Story (tie): "Anger, frustration still flaring over Station Fire" (Aug. 26, Megan O'Neil) and "Glendale YWCA official terminated; another resigns" (Aug. 5, Melanie Hicken)
Megan has taken what could have been a dull anniversary story and turned it into an excellent read. She did this through the use of details, noting a charred pair of motorcycles its owner refused to throw away. The balance of the article is thorough, well-balanced and interesting.