NABJ Mourns the Passing of ESPN Anchor Stuart Scott
Sunday, January 4, 2015
Posted by: Aprill Turner
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (January 4, 2015) - The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is saddened to learn of the passing of Stuart Scott, a pioneering journalist and popular anchor of ESPN’s SportsCenter.
Scott, 49, died Sunday morning after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Scott was not only one of the most visible sports TV personalities of his generation but he was credited with assisting countless young journalists in crafting their careers and with changing the way sports broadcasting was done.
Scott was considered the king of the catchphrase, as he generously sprinkled pop culture and hip-hop references in his broadcasts. “Boo-Yah” probably was his trademark catchphrase and he used it often to accentuate particularly outstanding or outrageous plays.
“It pained me to learn that my mentor and role model - and the greatest sportscaster ever, Stuart Scott - has passed,” said veteran NBA writer Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports, who’s also chairman of NABJ’s Sports Task Force. “He was a very humble man who was a trendsetter and mentor for blacks in sports journalism and all aspiring journalists. He was respected widely; a legend. Rest in peace, my friend.”
The NABJ Sports Task Force honored Scott earlier this year at its National Convention in Boston. ESPN coverage of the tribute can be found here.
“This is an extraordinary loss for our entire profession,” said NABJ President Bob Butler. “Very rarely does someone come along who moves the bar for the entire profession. On behalf of all our members, I extend our greatest condolences to his friends and family.”
According to ESPN, Stuart was born in Chicago, but he, along with two sisters and a brother, spent their early years in North Carolina, where their father was a postal inspector.
Scott attended R.J. Reynolds High in Winston-Salem and then the University of North Carolina, where he played wide receiver and defensive back on the club football team, the network reported. He also joined Alpha Phi Alpha at UNC and worked at the student radio station, WXYC, according to ESPN. He joined ESPN2 in 1993 and worked his way to the anchor chair at the main network.
Scott is survived by two daughters, Taelor,19, and Sydni,15.
An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide.