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Before they were famous hacks

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by mookieblaylock, Jun 13, 2006.

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  1. I remember growing up reading Plaschke, Gene Wojo and Bernie Lincicome (even Albom -- for better or worse, you have to admit the guy did OK for himself -- had a stint at or around that time, I believe) in the fort lauderdale news/sun sentinel. this was before they were all huge names. What other staffs had great young guys that have gone on to be huge stars.
  2. tonysoprano

    tonysoprano Member

    Go back even further, and I believe Blackie Sherrod had assembled an all-star cast of guys at the old Ft. Worth paper (which included a young Dan Jenkins)
  3. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Gary Cartwright wrote about that staff in one of his articles that appears in a collection of them in book form. I'll have to go find it. It was the National of its day in terms of staff power.
  4. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    We had a thread ages back that listed all of the guys from The National during its brief existence...

    It was an amazing list.
  5. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    Here's the National where-are-they-now list we compiled.

    The knowns
    Frank Deford - SI, NPR, REAL Sports etc...
    Van McKenzie - Orlando Sentinel
    Vince Doria - ESPN
    Susan Kamb - Director, ESPN.com (according to Asian-American Journalists web site)
    Rick Jaffe – fox sports
    Rick Sayers – ee, erie times-news
    Tim Tucker - ajc
    Rob Fleder - si
    Dave Kindred - sporting news
    Lee Gordon – chicago tribune
    Reid Laymance – ase, boston globe
    Dave Tepps – palm beach
    Pete Wevursi – oakland tribune
    David Granger - esquire
    Steve Clow – la times
    Bobby E. Clay Jr. - si
    Chris D'Amico – newark star-ledger
    Mark Godich - si
    Michael Knisley – ESPN.com Page 2 (was: Sporting News? Broadcasting?)
    Kathleen McElroy – ny times
    Al Vierra - binghamton
    Dave Whitehorn – ase, newsday
    Norman Chad - ESPN/Syndicated humor columnist
    Scott Ostler – sf chronicle
    Charles Pierce - boston globe magazine
    Steve Buckley - boston herald
    Gordon Edes - boston globe
    Terry Egan - middletown
    Tom Friend - espn the magazine
    Jay Mariotti - chicago sun-times columnist
    John McGrath – tacoma news-tribune
    Al Morganti - WIP/ESPN
    Steve Pate – Oakland (Mich.) Press
    Ray Ratto - san fran chron columnist
    Bud Shaw – good enough for cleveland
    Gary Caruso – chop talk
    Sam Donnellon - Philly Daily News
    Larry Dorman - calloway
    John Feinstein - bookin'
    Ted Green – LA, tv producer
    Ed Hinton - orlando sentinel (trib co.)
    Johnette Howard - Newsday
    Jeffrey Marx - author
    Chris Mortensen - espn
    Lester Munson - Sports Illustrated
    Peter Pasquarelli – espn the mag
    D. Tom Patterson - Record of San Joaquin County (Stockton, Calif.)
    Peter Richmond - gq
    Lyle Spencer – mlb.com, padres
    Ian Thomsen - Sports Illustrated
    Ed Werder - espn
    Charles Chandler – charlotte observer
    Jeff Horrigan - boston herald
    Tom Keegan – ex-ny post, ex-espn 1050 nyc
    Keith Dunnavant – NYC-based freelancer/author
    Mike Towle - books
    Jim Carley – Houston freelancer
    Dennis Dodd - cbs sportsline
    John Czarnecki - Fox Sports
    Lisa Dillman – la times
    Ken Gurnick - MLB.com
    Steve Lowery – oc weekly
    Eric Sondheimer – la times
    Dave D'Alessandro - Newark Star-Ledger
    Ian O'Conner - westchester
    Lenn Robbins - new york post
    Mark Fainaru - SF Chronicle
    Sheldon Spencer – ESPN.com editor
    David Steele - Baltimore Sun
    Athan Atsales – ase, la times
    Cindy Boren – washington post
    David Cooper – ESPN.com
    Tim Guidera - savannah columnist
    Mike Huguenin - Orlando Sentinel
    Alex Kimball – ase, la times
    Jim Luttrell – ny times
    Robin Melen – me, westchester journal news
    Paul Mitchell – journalism instructor, nevada-reno
    John Moore - Denver Post theater critic
    Mike Moretti – newark star-ledger
    Humberto Perez – chicago sun-times
    Mark Wollemann - strib
    Steve Marcus – deputy se, Baltimore sun
    R.L. Rebach – bergen record
    Craig Winston – ESPN The Magazine

    The unknowns
    Don Demaio -
    Joe Walpole -
    Paul Palazzo -
    Ken Carpenter -
    Karl Gude -
    Carmin Romanelli -
    Kim Cunningham -
    Elizabeth Comte -
    Richard Shook -
    Tony Moton -
    Rod Goldblum
    Reid Grosky -
    Mark Hohmeister -
    Frank Kelly -
    Richard McSweeney -
    Larry Mirladi -
    Jim Pavia -
    Howard Courtney -
    Scott Robson -
    Reid Walmark -
    Jeffrey Griber -
    Barry Hauptman -
    Mike Helfner -
    Chris Lentine -
    Sam Paulthasnoanon -
    Aaron Radin -
    Jason Rescigno -
    Laurence Tobin -
    Nancy Eato -
    Reid Brown -
    Amy Catalano -
    Heather Eatman -
    Jonathan Massie -
    Frank O'Connell -
    Michelle Papertsian -
    Terrea Shaffer -
    Amy Stahl -
    Michael Viggiano -
    Nick Dolin -
    Liz Greco - si
    Sean Plottner -
    Solomon Chester Jr. -
    Danielle Cumbo -
    Art Monaghan -
    Jake Weinstock –

    The questionables
    Mike Smith – AP news writer, Indy?
    J.E. Vader – out of the biz? Sonoma-based author-freelancer?
    Mark Vancil – Rare Air book publishing?
    Gary Ferman - Media director, PGA Tour? CaneSport?
    Hilary Kraus – spokesman-review?
    Tim McManus – journal-register in pa?
    Robert Dominguez – ny daily news?
  6. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    I don't think the National really fits the original theme of the thread. Its staff wasn't young guys and gals given a big break by a superscout editor. It was a staff put together to be an All-Star team, with All-Star salaries to match. That's not a knock on the phenomenal talent Deford assembled. Just want to point out Blackie's staff and his were an apple and an orange.
  7. Jake_Taylor

    Jake_Taylor Well-Known Member

    For some reason I've always had the idea in my head that Augusta was a similar place where stars are born, but off the top of my head the only one I can think of is Posnanski. Are there others or am I crazy?
  8. House

    House Guest

    Wow, I've heard of none of these people.
  9. Orange Hat Bobcat

    Orange Hat Bobcat Active Member

    Come again? You read through that whole list of former National staffers and couldn't pick out one? You need to read more, man.
  10. funky_mountain

    funky_mountain Active Member

    it's not necessary to know all the names on that national list, but if you are interested in sports journalism and interested in becoming a better writer/reporter, it might not hurt to familiarize yourself with frank deford, dave kindred, charles pierce and john feinstein. then there's a whole other subset of talented writers, then another subset and so on.
  11. tmunson

    tmunson New Member

    Feinstein a great writer?
    I'll pass.
    "Season on the Brink" provided a great look at one of the most interesting characters in sports, but I wouldnt call him a great writer. He gets access no one else gets, but I've never read anything of his and thought, wow, that's great writing. What's more (a phrase he uses too much), he repeats himself like a broken record. By the 200th page of "The Punch" it was like, all right, we get it already, Rudy worked hard for everything he got; and yes, there's more to Kermit than the punch.
  12. tonysoprano

    tonysoprano Member

    And this back-and-forth relates how to this thread topic?
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