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Distinguished Service Award in Sports Journalism

The most prestigious honor offered to sports media personnel in Louisiana by their peers is the Distinguished Service Award in Sports Journalism.

The Louisiana Sports Writers Association presents the award each year during the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame ceremonies.

Recipients are chosen by the 30-member Hall of Fame selection committee each year after the annual winter meeting.

Nominees are drawn from the ranks of the LSWA based on their professional accomplishments and impact in local, state, regional and even national arenas.  Candidates must be 60 years old, or have three decades of Journalism credentials, reflecting a lifetime of service in the profession.

Names of the Distinguished Service Award winners have been displayed in the Hall of Fame. There will be a “writer and broadcasters wing” of the Hall of Fame Museum, much as there is in the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown.

AWARD HISTORY

 

1982

Bill Keefe, New Orleans Time Picayune

Paul Martin, Monroe News-Star

Bud Montet, Baton Rouge Morning Advocate

Truman Stacy, Lake Charles American Press

 

1983

Jack Fiser, The Shreveport Times

 

1984

John Ferguson, LSU and New Orleans Saints radio

 

1985

Dan Hardesty, Baton Rouge State Times

 

1986

Paul Manasseh, LSU Sports Information

 

1987

Ted Castillo, Baton Rouge Advocate

 

1988

Bill Carter, Alexandria Daily Town Talk

 

1989

Peter Finney, New Orleans Times-Picayune

Bob Roesler, New Orleans Times-Picayune

 

1990

Collie Nicholson, Grambling State Sports Information

Hap Glaudi; WWL-Radio/TV, New Orleans Item

 

1991

Fred Digby; New Orleans Item, Sugar Bowl Classic

Bill McIntyre, The Shreveport Times

 

1992

Connie Kaplan, The Kaplan Herald

Mike Cook, Baton Rouge Advocate

 

1993

M. L. Lagarde, Tulane University Sports Information

Austin Wilson, Associated Press

 

1994

Bob Anderson, Northeast Louisiana University Sports information

Bernell Ballard, Baton Rouge Advocate

 

1995

Jim McLain, The Shreveport Times

 

1996

Jerry Byrd; Bossier Press-Tribune, Shreveport Journal

Joe Planas; The Catholic Commentator, Baton Rouge Advocate

 

1997

Roger Brandt, Oplepusas Daily World

 

1998

Hal Ledet, L’Observerteur

 

1999

Bob Hendreson, University of Southwestern La. Sports Information

Al Nassif, Alexandria Town Talk

 

2000

Sam King, Baton Rouge Advocate/State-Times

Jerry Pierce, Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame/Northwestern State

Gerry Robichaux, The Shreveport Times

 

2001

Bud Johnson, SLU/LSU/Tulane

 

2002

Louis Bonnette, McNeese State Sports Information

George Sweeney, New Orleans Times Picayune

 

2003

Bill Curl, Tulane/The Louisiana Superdome

 

2004

Keith Prince, Louisiana Tech/Monroe News-Star

 

2005

Buddy Diliberto, WWL-Radio

 

2006

Jim Wynn; McNeese State, Abbeville Meridional, Alexandria Town Talk, LSWA President

Marty Mule’, New Orleans Times-Picayune

 

2007

Pete Dosher; Louisiana Tech, Grambling

Arthur Schott; New Orleans Time-Picayune, States-Item

 

2008

Ed McHale, Associated Press

R. L. Stockard; Southern, SWAC, New Orleans

 
2009
O. K. "Buddy" Davis; Ruston Daily Leader
Bob Griffin; Shreveport sportscaster and writer
 
2010
Norm Fletcher; Natchitoches Broadcast Legend
Ted Lewis; Times-Picayune
 
2011
Ron Brocato; States-Item, Times-Picayune
Larry Hymel; Southeastern La. Sports Information
 
2012
Bill Bumgarner; States-Item, Times-Picayune
Butch Muir; Baton Rouge Advocate
 
2013
Bob Marshall; Times-Picayune
 
2014
Joe Macaluso; Baton Rouge Advocate
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