T. J. Simers

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T. J. Simers (born September 2, 1950[1]) is an American sports columnist who worked for the Los Angeles Times from 1990-2013 before accepting a position at the Orange County Register where he worked until accepting a voluntary buyout. He attended Northern Illinois University.[2]

Simers sued the Los Angeles Times for age and health discrimination, claiming he was pushed out from his $234,000-a-year job after he suffered a minor stroke. In November 2015, a jury awarded him $7.1 million; however a judge cut $2.1 million for lost earnings, then also struck the remaining $5 million in damages for emotional distress, ruling Simers had quit his $234,000-a-year job of his own accord.[3][4]

Simers also worked The San Diego Union, the Rocky Mountain News, The Commercial Appeal, the Morristown Daily Record, the Beloit Daily News, the Coeur d'Alene Press, and the DeKalb Chronicle.[2]

He was named 2000 California Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.[5]


  1. ^ T.J. Simers, Learning from Matt Barkley has him atwitter, Los Angeles Times, August 11, 2012, accessed August 13, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Bio, Los Angeles Times, Accessed June 28, 2012.
  3. ^ Kim Christensen, Judge voids ex-columnist T.J. Simers' $7.1-million jury award against L.A. Times, Los Angeles Times, January 5, 2016, accessed December 16, 2016.
  4. ^ Nick Koon, Judge voids sports columnist T.J. Simers' $7.1 million award for age, health discrimination, Orange County Register, January 5, 2016, accessed December 16, 2016.
  5. ^ [1] Accessed June 28, 2012.