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Star-Ledger’s Izenberg Wins Award

May 1, 2000

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) _ Jerry Izenberg, a sports columnist for The Star-Ledger of Newark, has been selected to receive the Red Smith Award for sports journalism from former winners and past presidents of the Associated Press Sports Editors.

Izenberg, 69, also will be inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame.

``You know what’s so nice about it?″ Izenberg said. ``It’s nice to get them both in the same year. This means a tremendous amount to me.

``When it came to the English language, Red probably more than anyone else gave the world an education it didn’t deserve,″ he said. ``He taught me simply by reading him that every word ought to be measured, every word ought to have a purpose. A little bit of that rubbed off on me by osmosis.″

Previous winners of the Red Smith Award, presented every year since 1981, include sportswriting greats such as Jim Murray, Shirley Povich, Furman Bisher, Dave Anderson and Bud Collins.

Izenberg will accept the award at the annual Red Smith luncheon on June 30.

Izenberg, a graduate of Rutgers-Newark, has written nine books, more than 500 magazine articles and helped produce 35 television documentaries. He also is president of Newark Project Pride, a volunteer group that has helped fund 600 college scholarships.

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