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Jim Hague (born James Frederick Hague, June 2, 1961 in Jersey City, New Jersey) is a long-time sportswriter in northern New Jersey as well as a public address announcer for Rutgers University and local high schools.
Hague is a Jersey City native who attended St. Peter's Prep (Class of 1979) and Marquette University before becoming a sportswriter in 1983, when he took his first professional job with the Morristown Daily Record.
Before signing on with the Daily Record, Hague was the public relations director and public address announcer for the Jersey Indians, a Class AA located in his hometown of Jersey City, in the summer of 1978, where he watched future Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson play on a daily basis.
He remained at the Daily Record through 1985, then had short stints with the North Jersey Advance in Dover and the Woodbridge News-Tribune, both papers that have since closed.
In September 1986, Hague joined the staff of the Hudson Dispatch in Union City, New Jersey. where he remained until that paper's demise in April, 1991. During his stint at the Hudson Dispatch, eventually becoming one of the paper's most known sports columnists, Hague won several New Jersey Press Association and North Jersey Press Club awards. Hague also became known for his coverage of the Meadowlands Grand Prix, the Indy car race held in the parking lot of the Meadowlands Sports Complex, and was recognized nationally for his coverage.
In 1991, Hague became the first-ever sports columnist for the Hudson Reporter newspaper chain, where he has also garnered several awards. He remains with the newspaper chain today. He also currently writes a sports column for The Observer of Kearny, where he has written since 2002. Hague is also a stringer for the Associated Press, covering Seton Hall basketball and New York Red Bulls soccer among his assignments.
During his career, Hague has also worked as the Sports Information Director at St. Peter's College in Jersey City (1986–1990) and has done several different radio and television appearances.
Hague spent 12 years working for Dorf Feature Services, providing stories for The Star-Ledger of Newark. During his days there, Hague covered the New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets, compiled the information for the Ledger's High School Football Team of the Century (1999) and covered a variety of sports.
In 2005, Hague's first book, Braddock: The Rise of the Cinderella Man, was published by Chamberlain Brothers, a subsidiary of Penguin Books. The book, written about former heavyweight boxing champion James J. Braddock, was published in England and in Italy and appeared on the best seller list in Italy in August that year.
In 2007, Hague returned to his roots as he returned to the Daily Record, covering high school football, cross country, indoor track, hockey and golf.
Since 2004, Hague has been the public address announcer for both Rutgers-Newark and New Jersey Institute of Technology sporting events. Hague also writes a weekly Athlete of the Week feature for the Rutgers-Newark athletic website.
- "Jim Hague". rutgersnewarkathletics.com. Rutgers University. Retrieved 19 January 2011.