Archdeacon wins national writing award

Tom Archdeacon waves to the crowd after being honored during a Dayton game against Rhode Island on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff
Tom Archdeacon waves to the crowd after being honored during a Dayton game against Rhode Island on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff

For the fourth time in the past nine years, the Dayton Daily News’ Tom Archdeacon has won the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi award as one of the top sports columnists in the nation.

The Sigma Delta Chi awards attracted over 1,200 entrants from across the nation.

Archdeacon won in the 100,000-and-under newspaper circulation category with a five-column entry that included stories on: Jeremey Ganger, the Ned Peppers bouncer whose heroic actions saved many during the deadly Oregon District mass shooting; Dr. Barrett Robinson, the former Chaminade-Julienne football player and now one of the nation’s top prenatal surgeons, discussing matters of race and the COVID-19 pandemic; Tole Kikubi, the Fairmont high football player who has blossomed after coming from a refugee camp in Africa; Lucinda Adams, who rose from poverty and segregation outside Savannah, Ga., to become an Olympic gold medal winner and longtime Dayton educator; and Archdeacon’s long and sometimes comical relationship with legendary coach Don Shula, who died last May.

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“Demonstrating a keen eye for detail and a nose for news, Archdeacon’s columns are linked by their roots in sports, but from there they venture to astonishingly different pathways,” the judges said.

Kurt Streeter of the New York Times won the column award in the over 100,000 circulation category.

Archdeacon also won column awards in 2012, 2013 and 2016. He won the Sigma Delta Chi award for feature writing in 1989.

The awards were presented in an online ceremony Saturday night.