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Who are your journalism heroes?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Mizzougrad96, May 13, 2011.

  1. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Who are your journalism heroes? Sports? News? Other?
  2. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

  3. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

  4. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Well this thread has gotten off to a lovely start.
  5. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    To turn serious for just a moment - Shirley Povich. Grew up reading him, made me want to be a sports writer. I spoke at the Shirley Povich Sports Journalism Symposium at Maryland recently and his daughter was there to speak to the whole group at lunch. I told her what her father meant to me, how I'd basically learned to read by reading Shirley Povich.
  6. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Top-of-my-head list:

    John Lee Anderson
    Lawrence Wright
    Steve Coll
    David Maraniss
    Michael Lewis
    Jeffrey Toobin
    Clifford Levy
    David Grann
    Mark Bowden
    Atul Gawande
    James B. Stewart
    Ron Suskind
    David Hume
    S.L. Price
    George Dohrmann

    YGBFKM Guest

    I admire a lot of journalists, but I wouldn't call any of them my heroes. Few words are misused more often. Pet peeve. Carry on.
  8. mrbio

    mrbio Member

    Is this a Mizzoufile? )

    Good question: Go with Jimmy Cannon, Carl Kolchak, Clark Gable in It Happened One Night, Studs Terkel, LeRoy Neiman - a fantastic writer as well as artist who portrays his subjects in his own creative style, Jim Murray, AJ Leibling, Joe D'Obrian (former writer for The Ring), Roger Khan, so many others.
  9. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Jim Murray
    Doug Looney
    Gary Smith
    Pre-1999 Rick Reilly
    Dan Jenkins
  10. Not heroes, but writers (columnists actually) I admire and tried to mimic.
    Lewis Grizzard and Mike Royko.
    I am also jealous of Roger Ebert's talent and skill.
  11. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Not speaking to any of your choices in particular, but I think in general that journalists - and sports journalists are the absolute worst at this - fetishize the old-timers to an unhealthy degree, and to a degree they haven't earned. Turn in Grantland Rice's "Four Horsemen" lede today, and it's getting sent right back to you.
  12. eclapt44

    eclapt44 Member

    I'm a boxing guy, so Pat Putnam (SI), Michael Katz, Mark Kram are among my faves.
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