Gene Wojciechowski

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Gene Wojciechowski
Gene Wojciechowski 2010.jpg
Wojciechowski in 2010.
Education University of Tennessee
Occupation Sports journalist
Author

Gene Wojciechowski (/wɒəˈhski/woj-che-how-ski) is a sports writer, best known for his work with ESPN.

Born in Salina, Kansas, Wojciechowski received a bachelor’s degree in communications and journalism from the University of Tennessee and began his career as a sports writer covering college football and college basketball. His work has included stints with the Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News, The Denver Post, and the Los Angeles Times; he became a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine in January 1998, having worked as a football reporter for the network since 1992. He was named a senior national sports columnist for ESPN in June 2005.

Career and Life[edit]

Prior to joining ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine, Wojciechowski was the national college football and college basketball columnist for the Chicago Tribune (1996 – 1997). Wojciechowski wrote an article in the fall of 1997 for the Chicago Tribune that included negative stereotypes of an Indian or Pakistani cab driver,[1] prompting the Tribune to offer a formal apology.[2] He also reported on the NFL for both the Denver Post (1983 -1984) and the Dallas Morning News (1984 -1986) before switching to back to college football and basketball for the Los Angeles Times (1986 -1996). Wojciechowski authored a novel, About 80 Percent Luck, plus a non-fiction book, Cubs Nation: 162 Games. 162 Stories. 1 Addiction (Broadway Books), following the Cubs for a full season.

He has also co-authored autobiographies with several sports personalities. These works include The Bus: My Life In and Out of a Helmet (Doubleday 2007) with Jerome Bettis; I Love Being the Enemy: A Season on the Court with the NBA’s Best Shooter and Sharpest Tongue (Simon & Schuster 1995) with Reggie Miller; Nothing but Net: Just Give Me the Ball and Get Out of the Way (Hyperion Books 1995) with Bill Walton; and My Life on a Napkin: Pillow Mints, Playground Dreams and Coaching the Runnin’ Utes (Hyperion 1999) with Rick Majerus.

The Last Great Game: Duke vs. Kentucky and the 2.1 Seconds That Changed Basketball by Wojciechowski was released by Blue Rider Press in 2012.

He is also the author/co-author of nine books.

Controversies[edit]

While he has won numerous peer awards, Wojciechowski wrote an article in the fall of 1997 for the Chicago Tribune that included negative stereotypes of an Indian or Pakistani cab driver,[1] prompting the Tribune to offer a formal apology.[2] At the time, he was the national college football and college basketball columnist for the Chicago Tribune (1996 – 1997).

On 29 September 2012 an article for ESPN, about the 2012 Ryder Cup taking place in Medinah, Illinois, caused controversy among golf fans. United States were winning 10 to 6 when the article was written after play finished on Saturday but before Sunday's individual matches. The article, titled "Ryder Cup all but locked up for U.S.",[1] makes a glowing report on the fact that the Ryder cup competition was sewn up and the Cup belonged to the U.S and that it was impossible for the European team to win, despite the fact that in 1999, at Brookline, the US team won after trailing 10-6. Europe went on to win 141/2 to 131/2, winning the contest outright, retaining the Ryder Cup.

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