John Canzano in 2010
|Show||The Bald-Faced Truth|
|Station(s)||750AM Portland, Oregon and 102.9-FM|
|Time slot||12 p.m. to 3 p.m. PST|
|Station(s)||KGW-TV, Portland, Oregon|
|Time slot||No set timeslot|
John Canzano is an American sports columnist, radio talk show host on Portland's 750 AM "The Game" and 102.9-FM and sports columnist at The Oregonian newspaper in Portland, Oregon. He is also a sports commentator on KGW-TV, Portland's NBC affiliate. He hosts a daily radio show called The Bald-Faced Truth.
Early life and education
In his career, Canzano has worked at six daily newspapers including The San Jose Mercury News and The Fresno Bee. He covered University of Notre Dame football and Indiana University basketball as the beat writer during the tenure of coach Bob Knight. He is a former national Major League Baseball writer and national NFL writer at the San Jose Mercury News as well. He has also covered five Olympics Games.
Canzano began writing for The Oregonian in 2002. He currently serves as the paper's lead sports columnist. He appears on KGW-TV, where he offers commentary and analysis on sports. Canzano also hosts a daily mid-day radio show called "The Bald-Faced Truth" on Portland's 750 AM "The Game" and 102.9-FM.
He is a 10-year member of the Baseball Writers Association of America and holds a Baseball Hall of Fame Vote, is a voter for the Heisman Trophy, and has made TV appearances on FOX Sports Live, ESPN2, ESPN News and ESPN's SportsCenter. Canzano's work has also appeared in GQ magazine and The Sporting News, among other publications.
Awards and honors
Canzano is an eight-time Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) award winner. He's won APSE awards in four different writing categories (column, investigative reporting, enterprise and projects), with his most recent award coming in 2015 for column writing.  In 2010  and again in 2015,  the Society of Professional Journalists named Canzano the National Sports Columnist of the Year. In 2009, Canzano was voted America's No. 1 sports columnist by the APSE. In 2007 and 2008, the Associated Press named Canzano the nation's No. 2 sports columnist among large-circulation newspapers, with Canzano finishing second to the Los Angeles Times’ Bill Plaschke both times.  Canzano was recognized by The Press Club of Atlantic City as national sportswriter of the year in 2004, 2010 and 2014.
Canzano's investigative work and reporting about Brenda Tracy, the survivor of an alleged gang raped by four college football players, was recognized as the best sports writing in 2014 with a first place in the National Headliner Awards.
In 2013, Canzano won first place in Special Topic Column Writing in the Best of the West contest for his portfolio of columns that included a column on a soldier who died in action in Afghanistan and Canzano's own experience coaching a girls fourth-grade volleyball team with a player who has Down Syndrome.
In 2002, Canzano was named the nation's top investigative sports writer by the Associated Press News Executives Council for his enterprise piece on Carlos Rodriguez, a 21-year-old Dominican basketball star who was masquerading as a 17-year-old high school basketball player.
Canzano is a five-time Oregon Sportswriter of the Year winner.
On July 7, 2007, the Portland Beavers' Triple-A baseball team held "John Canzano Bobblehead Night." Also, on Aug. 29, 2009, the LPGA Safeway Classic featured "John Canzano Bobblehead Day," as part of the tour event held at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in Oregon.
In 2010, Canzano was criticized for inviting Portland Mayor Sam Adams onto his radio show and then subjecting him to "the worst kind of schoolyard bullying." This exchange followed a column where sportswriter Canzano had railed against mass transit plans and "silly bike lanes".
He has regularly received criticism for overly negative coverage of University of Oregon sports programs. His negative and "emotionally manipulative" style inspired the creation of a UO sports fansite.
Canzano faced conflict of interest charges in 2007 for accepting a $80,000 per year gig at 750 KXL, the Portland Blazers flagship station, while continuing to report on the Blazers for the Oregonian. Sandy Padwe, Columbia Journalism School professor who specializes in sports and ethics, commented: "I think it is a conflict, no matter how he tries to justify it. He shouldn't put himself in the position to even consider whether he is offending Allen or the Trail Blazers on some matter. He should just write for The Oregonian . I'm surprised The Oregonian's editors, who have such high standards, allowed this."
KXL was later bought by Alpha Media in 2009.
The Bald Faced Truth Foundation
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- Oregonlive.com, Canzano biography
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- "The Oregonian," May 3, 2010
- "APSE's best writing of 2008". Associated Press Sports Editors. April 1, 2009. Retrieved November 10, 2013.
- The Detroit Free Press, April 2, 2009, p. B2
- The Oregonian, Staff Reports, April 14, 2015
- "2004 National Headliner Award Winners, Print Division". National Headliner Awards/Press Club of Atlantic City. Retrieved November 28, 2012.
- "National Headliner Award Winners". National Headliner Awards/Press Club of Atlantic City. Retrieved April 14, 2015.
- "2013 Contest Results". Best of the West: Journalism contest and grants program. First Amendment Funding, Inc. Retrieved November 10, 2013.
- The Fresno Bee, Staff Reports, June 30, 2002, p. B1
- The Fresno Bee, Staff Reports, June 3, 2001, p. A1
- The Oregonian, Staff Reports, July 3, 2007, p. B2
- The Oregonian, Staff Reports, Aug. 28, 2009, p. B2
- Editorial staff (August 4, 2010). "More Engaged Than Bristol And Levi". Willamette Week ("Murmurs" column). Retrieved 2010-08-12.
- "Fox 12's Sophie Soong eats wings for charity". KPTV. September 27, 2012. Retrieved August 13, 2015.