NEW ORLEANS (FWAA) – Dave Sittler, a staple of journalism
in the Oklahoma and Nebraska areas for more than a half century,
has been named the 39th winner of the FWAA's Bert McGrane Award.
The Bert McGrane Award, symbolic of the association's Hall of
Fame, is presented to an FWAA member who has performed great service
to the organization and/or the writing profession. It is named after
McGrane, a Des Moines, Iowa, writer who was the executive secretary
of the FWAA from the early 1940s until 1973.
Sittler, the 2001 FWAA president and a member since 1973, first
proposed the idea of the Volney Meece Scholarship (named after the
FWAA's late executive director) in the mid-1990s. He has
been the only selection chairman the award has known. The annual
grant, awarded since 1997 and renewable for up to four years, is
given to a deserving son or daughter of an FWAA member.
Sittler, 66, recently retired from his full-time job as columnist
at the Tulsa World, but plans to still work part-time for the paper
and continue to appear on the Tulsa Sports Animal radio show.
A 1971 University of Nebraska graduate, Sittler has worked for
five papers and has covered college football as either a beat writer
or columnist in Nebraska and Oklahoma from Nebraska coach Bob Devaney
to Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops.
Sittler began his career at the Lincoln Journal-Star in 1971
and moved over to the Omaha World-Herald in 1978 and stayed until
1985. From there he went to Tulsa, where he worked for The Tribune
from 1985 to 1992. Sittler spent seven years at The Oklahoman before
landing at his final stop, The Tulsa World, in 1999.
A native of Hebron, Neb., Sittler has won numerous local and
national writing awards and has been elected 10 times as the National
Sportscasters and Sportswriters Oklahoma Sportswriter of the Year.
He claimed the Hebron High School Distinguished Alumni Award in
2003 and two years later was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism
Hall of Fame.
Sittler and wife Ann, a native of Australia, have two grown children,
Geoff and Brian.
The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization
founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,200 men and women who cover college football
for a living. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists,
as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works
to govern areas that include gameday operations, major awards and its annual All-America
team. For more information about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve
Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 972-713-6198.
• Bert McGrane Award