Dave Zirin Selected for Sports Journalism Award


August 18, 2011

Sport in Society and the Northeastern University School of Journalism have selected Dave Zirin as the winner of this year’s Excellence in Sports Journalism in Print/Online Media. The award recognizes Zirin’s commitment to delineating the connection between politics and sports, his unwavering voice, and his oftentimes controversial stances. Zirin’s writing sparks innovative thinking regarding sports and politics and makes him a voice for all athletes.

Named one of the UTNE Reader’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World”, Zirin writes about the politics of sports for the Nation Magazine. He is their first sports writer in 150 years of existence. Zirin is also the host of Sirius XM’s Edge of Sports and a columnist for SLAM Magazine and the Progressive.

His newest book, in collaboration with John Carlos, is The John Carlos Story, forthcoming from Haymarket Books in September 2011. Zirin’s prolific roster also includes: Bad Sports: How Owners are Ruining the Games We Love; A People’s History of Sports in the United States; Not Just A Game: Power, Politics and American Sports; Welcome to the Terrordome: The Pain, Politics, and Promise of Sports; What’s My Name, Fool? Sports and Resistance in the United States.

Zirin has brought his blend of sports and politics to multiple television programs including NBC, ESPN, MSNBC, CNN, Comcast Sports Network, C-SPAN, and Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman. He has also been on numerous national radio programs including National Public Radio’s Tell Me More, Talk of the Nation, and All Things Considered.

Zirin has debated FOX Sports president Ed Goren on college football’s Bowl Championship Series for National Public Radio, Bridgestone Firestone President Dan Adomitis in the pages of the Los Angeles Times on whether his company should be the “official tire of the Super Bowl” while in court for using child labor in Liberia, and the issue of steroids in sports with Jose Canseco and John Rocker. His writing has also appeared in Vibe Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the New York Daily News, New York Newsday, the Baltimore Sun, the Pittsburgh Courier, The Source, and numerous other publications.

Robert Lipsyte says of Zirin, “Some years ago I called Dave Zirin the best young sportswriter in America which I herby retract – now I think Dave’s combination of sustained outrage, lively prose, and love of the games, and a clear sense of right and wrong has made him, simply, the best sportswriter in America, no age discrimination attached.”

Read Dave Zirin’s columns at Edge of Sport at www.edgeofsports.com.

About Sport in Society, a Northeastern University Center:

Sport in Society is the world’s foremost authority in providing professional development and consulting for organizations seeking to strengthen their brands by using sport as a tool to promote social responsibility. Sport in Society provides the awareness, knowledge and skills to implement innovative and impactful solutions that address the unique issues of health, safety and inclusion facing our local and global communities. Through socially responsible leadership education and organizational consulting, we unite the global sports industry under a shared mission of social responsibility. Topical areas of work include: leadership, healthy development, diversity and inclusion, violence prevention, gender equity, community building, community service, and civic engagement.

Established in 1986, the Dick Schaap Excellence in Sports Journalism Awards recognize and honor journalists that look at the connection between sport and the societal issues of the world beyond the court and the field. Past winners have included ESPN, HBO, ABC’s Nightline, Howard Cosell, Dick Schaap, Frank Deford and Gary Smith of Sports Illustrated, Robert Lipsyte of The New York Times, Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams of the San Francisco Chronicle, Jeff Millar and Bill Hinds creators of the Tank MacNamara comic strip, and Pete Thamel of The New York Times. The award recognizes journalistic achievements that enhance our understanding of the impact of sport on our culture.

Learn more at www.sportinsociety.org.

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