USBWA (ST. LOUIS) – Three sportswriters, including
the first woman president of the U.S. Basketball Writers
Association (USBWA), have been voted into the association's
Hall of Fame, it was announced today by USBWA Executive Director
Elected to the USBWA Hall of Fame are Robyn Norwood,
formerly with the Los Angeles Times; Dick Jerardi,
national college basketball writer at the Philadelphia Daily News;
and George Lapides, former sports editor of the
The three will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the USBWA's
annual honors breakfast during this year's NCAA Men's Final Four
in Dallas on April 7.
Norwood served as president of the USBWA in 2004-05, the only
woman to ever hold that position. She covered two Olympic Games
(Atlanta and Sydney) and 11 NCAA Final Fours as national college
basketball columnist and reporter for the Los Angeles Times from
1986 to 2008.
Now an independent journalist, Norwood has written stories for
several major newspapers and has served as an expert guest on college
basketball on regional and national TV and radio shows.
"Robyn Norwood is a sports editor's dream," said Jim Cohen, former
assistant managing editor for sports for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
"She is a five-tool player, equally talented in writing game stories,
news stories, short features, longer features and enterprise stories.
Plainly put, she gets it."
Jerardi served as president of the USBWA in 2008-09. He joined
the Philadelphia Daily News in 1985 and since then has covered 26
NCAA tournaments and 21 Final Fours. He was voted Pennsylvania sportswriter
of the year in 2001 by the National Association of Sportswriters
In addition to writing for the Daily News, Jerardi also serves
as a color analyst on radio broadcasts of Penn State basketball
"In a city as devoted to college basketball as Philadelphia,
there is really just one person who is considered the authority
on the sport and that's Dick Jerardi," said ESPN.com's Dana O'Neil,
USBWA first vice president who once worked with Jerardi on the same
sports staff at the Daily News. "He knows the Big 5 as well as the
Big Ten, the game's history as well as its present, and writes in
a distinctive style all his own that Daily News readers have enjoyed
for nearly 30 years."
Lapides is a long-time media member in Memphis, having spent
nearly 54 years covering sports, including the University of Memphis
and the SEC. He was sports editor and columnist of the Memphis Press-Scimitar
from 1967 until the newspaper closed in 1983 during which time he
covered every NCAA Final Four and several since then for TV and
radio stations in Memphis. He also was sports director at WREG-TV
Lapides is considered to be a pioneer among sportswriters making
the leap from print to talk radio. Now in its 42nd straight year
on the air, his Sportstime show in Memphis is the longest-running
sports radio program in the nation.
"George is the finest, most widely-sourced reporter I've ever
met," said Mike DeCourcy, college basketball columnist at the
News who got to know Lapides when DeCourcy worked at the
Commercial Appeal. "His circle of contacts includes nearly every
big name in college basketball in the Southeast. Throughout his
entire career, he has performed at a Hall of Fame level."
The selection of Jerardi, Lapides and Norwood brings to 68 the
number of members in the Hall of Fame, which was established in
1988 to honor past and present USBWA members for their achievements
in sports journalism covering college basketball or for their contributions
to the USBWA.
Members are voted on by a committee comprised of past inductees
and current officers of the USBWA. To be eligible for consideration,
individuals must have worked a minimum of 20 years as a sportswriter
or college athletics administrator.
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in 1956 at
the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. Today,
it is one of the most influential organizations in college basketball.
For more information on the USBWA and its award programs, contact
executive director Joe Mitch at 314-795-6821.
USBWA Hall of Fame