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January 27, 2007 |
Van F. McKenzie, 61, associate managing editor for sports at the Orlando Sentinel and an influential figure in sports journalism, died Friday at his home in Heathrow, Fla., after a three-year battle with cancer. The son of a well driller and miner from Ohio, McKenzie began his career with the Ocala (Fla.) Star-Banner in 1963 and became sports editor at age 17. He went on to lead sports departments of the Sentinel -- twice -- Cocoa Today (now Florida Today), St.
January 11, 2003 |
Will McDonough, a Boston Globe sportswriter and columnist for 40 years, died late Thursday at his home in the Boston suburb of Hingham, Mass. He was 67. Best known nationally for his work on two network NFL pregame shows, McDonough had a mild heart attack early last month, followed by angioplasty -- a procedure to open clogged blood vessels. He also had suffered a mild heart attack in 1990 and had battled thyroid cancer in the late 1990s.
December 7, 2002
Sports journalism could go a long way toward expanding the fan base for women's sports merely by giving those athletes and sports the coverage they deserve ("Women's Sports Still Looking for an Audience," Dec. 3). However, sports journalism is overwhelmingly dominated by men. To adequately cover women's sports in daily papers and local television networks would be to invite many more women to become sports reporters, editors, announcers, producers and pundits. Precisely because women can do those jobs every bit as well as their male counterparts, the guys at the sports desk are unlikely to extend those invitations any time soon.
June 27, 1992 |
Eddie Storin, who for 40 years ran the sports department of the Miami Herald, was awarded the 12th annual Red Smith Award at the Associated Press Sports Editors convention in San Francisco. The award is given for contributions to sports journalism. Upon receiving his award, Storin said: "I had one primary goal in all my years in the business, and that was to get people to stop saying, 'You can't believe what you read in newspapers.' "
December 21, 1991
KCBS not renewing Keith Olbermann's contract is a sad day for Los Angeles sports journalism. While other stations mainly show highlights, Keith's unique sportscasts will surely be missed. While they may find someone who looks nicer in a suit, they will not be able to replace his knowledge, wit, broad views, independence or sarcasm, all of which I have thoroughly enjoyed. BILL NOYES Diamond Bar
March 9, 1991
Bob Oates' recent football kicking column had a couple of the most inaccurate paragraphs in the history of sports journalism. Gridiron football derives from rugby football, not association football (soccer). When football was first played in the U.S. in 1869-70 (Princeton, Rutgers and Columbia), they were running with the football, not kicking it as in soccer. As a great writer wrote, he could look it up. ALFRED L. GINEPRA Past President, Southern California Rugby Football Union