April 11, 1928 |
|Education||University of Georgia|
John Edwin Pope (born April 11, 1928 in Athens, Georgia) is an award-winning semi-retired American sportswriter who has worked at the Miami Herald since 1956. He is one of five sportswriters to have covered every Super Bowl up until Super Bowl XLVIII, when he did not attend for unspecified reasons He has been called "the best writer of sports in America".
Edwin Pope's journalistic career began at the early age of eleven, when he began covering small events for his hometown Athens Banner-Herald. By the time he was fifteen he had been promoted to the Sports Editor of the paper, thus making him the youngest person in the country to hold that position. His college years were spent at the University of Georgia, and after graduating he worked briefly with the United Press International, Atlanta Journal and Atlanta Constitution.
Pope's success with his 1954 book Football's Greatest Coaches, allowed him to leave the Atlanta area and move down to Miami, where he accepted a lucrative position at the Miami Herald in 1956. Brought on as a columnist and assistant editor, he was made Sports Editor within the year when the current Editor chose to retire. In his 50 plus years he has covered the growth of Miami as a sports city, from a tourist destination with no professional teams, to a World City with franchises in all four major sports, and major events in golf, tennis, and auto racing.
While he currently is retired from day to day writing at the Herald, he still contributes special columns throughout the year. He also continues to travel to cover Wimbledon and the Super Bowl.
- Red Smith Award (1989)
- Bert McGrane Award (2000)
- Member National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame
- Member Florida Sports Hall of Fame
- Member College Football Hall of Fame
- Member Pro Football Hall of Fame
- Four National Headliners Club awards as the nation's best columnist
- Three Eclipse Awards for thoroughbred racing columns
- Football's Greatest Coaches (1955)
- The Edwin Pope Collection (Contemporary American Sportswriters) (1988)