Anton Delgado ’20 takes fourth place finish in Hearst Feature Writing Competition

Delgado, now a reporter with The Arizona Republic, was honored for a story about sex offender registration.

Anton Delgado ’20, an environmental reporter at The Arizona Republic & AZCentral, finished fourth in the national Hearst Feature Writing Competition Dec. 7. Delgado was recognized for his in-depth feature, “Life after registration,” which centered on the reality low-risk sex offenders face after registration.

The feature writing competition received 150 entries from 79 universities across the country that have accredited communications programs. Delgado’s fourth-placed finish earned him a $1,000 scholarship from the Hearst foundation. Elon’s School of Communications received a matching amount.

During his time at Elon, the journalism and international & global studies major served as a multimedia journalist and managing editor of The Pendulum of Elon News Network. The award is yet another on Delgado’s list of journalistic distinctions. Among his other notable awards are two first-place finishes in the Society of Professional Journalists Region 2 Mark of Excellence Awards competition, a first-place honor from the College Media Association, a top award from the Associated College Press, and being named Best Feature Writer in the South and Best News Reporter in the South through SPJ’s Green Eyeshade Awards in 2019.