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George Willis

George Willis (Sportswriter.  Born, Las Cruces, NM, May 31, 1960.)  After covering virtually every major sport for three newspapers, George Allen Willis became a columnist for the Post in 1997.  Willis began his career as a general-assignment sportswriter for the Memphis (Tenn.) Commercial Appeal in 1983 and came to New York four years later.  He […]

Tom Verducci

Tom Verducci (Sportswriter.  Born, Glen Ridge, NJ, Oct. 23, 1960.)  As a senior writer for Sports Illustrated, Thomas Matthew Verducci has become the weekly magazine’s leading baseball authority and has authored numerous exclusive stories.  Verducci began his newspaper career fresh out of Penn State, joining Today in Cocoa, Fla., as a writer and editor in […]

George Vecsey

George Vecsey (Sportswriter.  Born, Jamaica, NY, July 4, 1939.)  Starting as a part-timer handling high school sports at Newsday in 1956, George Spencer Vecsey progressed to a columnist for The New York Times.  Shortly before graduating from Hofstra (where he majored in English), Vecsey became a full-time sportswriter at Newsday in February 1960.  He rapidly […]

Ray Stubblebine

Ray Stubblebine (Photographer.  Born, Philadelphia, PA, June 16, 1946.)  A versatile photographer who has covered Presidential inaugurations, the Jonestown massacre in Guyana, and even “Iran-scam” hearings, Raymond F. Stubblebine built his reputation primarily in sports.  Stubblebine was with the A.P. for 16 years (1971-87) and Reuters starting in 1989.  He has photographed spring training, the World Series, […]

Tara Sullivan

Tara Sullivan (Sportswriter.  Born, New York, NY, June 20, 1968.)  In less than a decade, Tara Pauline Sullivan rose from a writer covering high school sports to the beat writer following the Football Giants.  Sullivan joined Newsday in 1993, handling the school beat, and moved in the middle of the following year to the Daily News.  […]

Richard Sandomir

Richard Sandomir (Sportswriter.  Born, New Hyde Park, NY, Sept. 4, 1957.)  Among the first reporters to regularly write on the business side of sports, Richard Elliott Sandomir broke in as a financial reporter for Newsday in April 1982.  Almost exactly 10 years later, Sandomir went to The New York Times, where he is a television sports […]

John Jeansonne

John Jeansonne (Sportswriter.  Born, Crowley, LA, Nov. 2, 1946.)  John Fred Jeansonne joined the U.P.I. sports staff in New York as a reporter fresh out of the University of Missouri in 1969.  Jeansonne has been at Newsday since 1970, covering the Islanders (1972-74) at their inception, the Football Giants (1973-78), and then Olympic sports.  He […]

Steve Jacobson

Steve Jacobson (Sportswriter.  Born, Long Beach, NY, Sept. 19, 1934.)  A sportswriter at Newsday for over four decades, Stephen Alan Jacobson became a featured columnist in 1979.  Jacobson joined the Newsday sports staff in 1960 and spent a large part of his first 19 years there covering the Mets and Yankees.  In 1988, his body […]

Stan Isaacs

Stan Isaacs (Sportswriter.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Apr. 22, 1929.)  As a sportswriter, columnist, sports editor, and observer of the world scene, Stan Isaacs consistently brought a sense of irreverence coupled with keen observation to his work.  Isaacs started as a copy boy at the New York Star in 1949 while a student at Brooklyn College.  […]

Johnette Howard

Johnette Howard (Sportswriter.  Born, Pittsburgh, PA, Dec. 13, 1959.)  A 17-year career during which she built a national reputation for excellence preceded Johnette Patrice Howard upon her arrival at Newsday as a featured columnist.  Howard began with the Detroit (Mich.) Free Press in 1982, covering the N.B.A. Pistons.  During her seven years there, she became […]

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