Hall of Fame calls for faculty member

September 24, 2007

Malcolm Moran, the Knight Chair in Sports Journalism and Society in the College of Communications at Penn State, was one of two media members selected to receive the 2007 Curt Gowdy Media Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He was officially honored during enshrinement festivities Sept. 6 to 8 at the Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

The award -- named in honor of the late sports broadcaster and former Basketball Hall of Fame President Curt Gowdy -- each year honors members of the print and electronic media communities who have made a significant contribution to the game of basketball.

In addition to Moran, Phoenix Suns broadcaster Al McCoy was honored with the award. McCoy, considered by some as the dean of NBA broadcasters, has been the "Voice of the Suns" for 35 years.

This year's honorees join a group of media professionals that includes Marv Albert, Bob Costas, Dave Kindred, Jack McCallum, Bob Ryan and Dick Vitale.

Moran joined the College of Communications as the inaugural Knight Chair in 2006. In that role, he leads the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism, working with both internal and external constituencies, teaching classes in news media ethics and sports writing, and coordinating special events and activities.

He previously worked for nearly 30 years as an award-winning and respected journalist at USA Today, The New York Times, Newsday and the Chicago Tribune. During his distinguished career, Moran covered the NCAA Men's Final Four 26 times, the 1984 and 1996 Olympic tournaments and the 2002 World Championships.

Moran's contributions to the game of basketball go beyond the hundreds of pieces he has written about the game to its relationship with athletics, business and other aspects of life off the court. As president of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association in 1989, Moran led the organization as it followed his suggestion to create awards for male and female basketball players with the highest level of academic and athletic achievement.

In addition, as a reporter with The New York Times, Moran was instrumental in that paper's decision to include graduation rates when compiling preseason rankings in football and men's basketball. He has presented his findings and respected opinions to groups such as the National Association of College Directors of Athletics, the Faculty Athletics Representatives Association, the Associated Press Sports Editors, the Sports Management Institute and several major universities.

In 2005, Moran was inducted into the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Hall of Fame. In 1999, he earned the Jim Murray Outstanding Sportswriter Award.

A native of Beechhurst, N.Y., and a 1975 graduate of Fordham University, where he worked for the student newspaper (The Fordham Ram) and served as sports director for WFUV-FM, Moran launched his daily newspaper career as a sports reporter at Newsday in 1977. He initially covered high school, college and professional sports.

He worked at The New York Times from 1979 to 1998 as a reporter and columnist before joining the Chicago Tribune in 1998, where he worked as the Notre Dame football beat reporter while also writing commentaries and providing event and feature coverage on professional and college sports. In 2000, he moved to USA Today where, in addition to his coverage of college basketball and football, he wrote feature articles on professional and college sports.

The John Curley Center for Sports Journalism, founded in 2003, explores issues and trends in sports journalism through instruction, programming and research. Four full-semester core courses (sports writing; sports broadcasting; sports information and management; and sports, media and society) comprise the undergraduate classroom portion.

Complementary sponsored programming for the Center includes on-campus lectures, panels and workshops on journalism and the role of sports in society. The Center also conducts regular studies and surveys about trends in sports journalism. In the future, the Center will issue periodic reports that measure and track trends in hiring, staffing and coverage philosophies of media enterprises as well as media coverage of off-field sports issues.

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