ESPN’s NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski, SBU class of 1991, has been named 2017’s National Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sports Media Association.
The NSMA, based in Salisbury, N.C., is an organization of more than 1,000 members that honors excellence in the industry. Wojnarowski is the first ESPN media member to win the Sportswriter of the Year honor.
“My first thought was, ‘Of course,'” said ESPN NBA deputy editor Cristina Daglas. “I certainly wasn’t surprised. Woj is in incredible company winning this award, but he fits right in. He works hard, is never satisfied and is always pushing for the next story, big or small. It’s a well-deserved honor.”
Wojnarowski left Yahoo Sports after nearly 10 years in July 2017 to return to his hometown of Bristol, Conn., to work at ESPN.
Before Yahoo, Wojnarowski wrote for The Record (Bergen County, N.J.), Fresno Bee and Waterbury Republican-American. He is a two-time winner of the Associated Press Sports Editors’ Columnist of the Year award.
Wojnarowski, along with state winners in writing and broadcasting, will be honored at the 59th annual NSMA Awards Weekend June 23-25 in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Inducted into the NMSA Hall of Fame the same weekend will be Thomas Boswell, Woody Durham, Bryant Gumbel and Dick Weiss.
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