Dayton Daily News sports columnist Tom Archdeacon has won the Society of Professional Journalist’s Sigma Delta Chi award as the nation’s top sports columnist in 2012. There were nearly 1,700 entries in the annual contest, which honors newspaper, television, radio, online and magazine journalists.
Archdeacon won in the largest newspaper category – circulation over 100,000 – with an entry that featured columns on: Kayla Harrison, the Olympic gold medalist in judo who overcame years of sexual abuse by her Centerville coach; Kordero Hunter, the Central State football player murdered outside the A-List Lounge in downtown Dayton; the Polar Bears basketball program for kids with Down syndrome; Meggie Zahneis, Major League Baseball’s first youth reporter who was born with a rare disorder that impairs growth, mobility and touch and Andrea Voss Vellinga, the young mother and former Wright State volleyball player who suffered a severe head injury when a concert stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair.
Archdeacon previously won a national SPJ award in 1989 for sports feature stories. He will honored this year at a June 21 awards banquet at the National Press Club in Washington D.C..
Read the columns
Feb. 12, 2012: Special needs kids shine in Polar Bears basketball
June 10, 2012: MLB youth reporter overcomes big obstacles
July 22, 2012: Fighting for Gold
Sept. 23, 2012: Remembering Kordero Hunter, one year later
Nov. 22, 2012: Ex-WSU volleyball player has 'miracle' comeback