NABJ Congratulates Garry D. Howard on Being Named Editor in Chief of Sporting News
Howard’s Hire Marks the First Time that an African-American will Lead a National General Sports Magazine’s Editorial Staff
COLLEGE PARK, MD—The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) congratulates veteran sports journalist and past APSE President, Garry D. Howard, on being named the new Editor in Chief of Sporting News.
In this role he will oversee all editorial operations for Sporting News, setting editorial direction, managing writers and editors and supervising production of Sporting News Magazine, Sporting News Today, SportingNews.com and Sporting News Yearbooks.
"NABJ is so proud of Garry’s achievement, said NABJ President Kathy Times. "Garry has been a longtime committed NABJ member and a trailblazer in his sports journalism. NABJ wishes him much continued success with this new endeavor.”
Howard’s hire marks the first time that an African-American will lead a national general sports magazine’s editorial staff.
"Once again Garry is a pioneer by leading a national magazine the stature of the Sporting News,” said Gregory Lee, NABJ Treasurer and Sports Task Force Chairman. "In 1994 he was the first African -American to run a major sports section. Now Garry is the first African-American that will lead a national general sports magazine’s editorial staff. Garry is a role model for us all in the sports industry.”
Howard says this of his new role:
"I have read Sporting News since my late teens and having been a sports editor for the past 20 years putting out a daily sports section, I look forward to the challenge of leading Sporting News in its mission to provide real insights to real sports fans across the country and worldwide.”
Howard is the immediate Past President of the Associated Press Sports Editors and was the first African-American to hold that position in the 36-year history of the organization. On August 7, 2009, he was awarded a 2009 Sam Lacy Pioneer Award by the National Association of Black Journalists’ Sports Task Force for his lifetime commitment to the field of sports journalism.