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Press Release: Award-Winning Sports Commentator Frank Deford to Give Marcon Lecture at DeSales University, Wednesday, April 5
Date: 2/14/2006

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Award-Winning Sports Commentator Frank Deford to Give Marcon Lecture at DeSales University, Wednesday, April 5

Frank Deford, award-winning journalist, author and sports commentator, will deliver the 23rd Annual Frank L. Marcon Lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5, in Billera Hall at DeSales University. A question-and-answer period will follow the lecture. The program is open to the public free of charge, but tickets are required. For tickets, call (610) 282-4604.

Prior to the evening lecture, students will have a chance to interact with Deford during an informal discussion session at 4:00 p.m., in the Gallery Lounge of McShea Student Center.

Deford has appeared in virtually every medium. In print, he is the senior contributing writer at Sports Illustrated. In radio, he is a commentator for ESPN and also can be heard on National Public Radio's Morning Edition. On television, he is a regular correspondent on HBO's Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel. Prior to HBO, he was a commentator on NBC and CNN.

As a journalist, Deford spent nearly 30 years writing for Sports Illustrated magazine before moving to Newsweek in 1991. He has been a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and editor-in-chief to the National Sports Daily. The Sporting News has described Deford as "the most influential sports voice among members of the print media," and the magazine GQ has called him "the world's greatest sportswriter."

Among his numerous honors and awards, Deford was elected to the Hall-of-Fame of the National Association of Sportscasters and Sportswriters. He was voted U.S. Sportswriter of the Year six times by his peers and also was voted Magazine Writer of the Year by the Washington Journalism Review twice. He was named the nation's finest sports writer by the American Journalism Review and received a National Magazine Award for profiles for his story on Bill Russell. He also served as national chairman of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for 15 years, and is now chairman emeritus.

In addition, he won a Christopher Award and a George Foster Peabody Award for Broadcasting. In 1988, he won an Emmy for his work on NBC at the Seoul Olympics, and in 1994, a Cable Ace award for writing the HBO sports documentary, Arthur Ashe: Citizen of the World. A television biography of Deford's life and work, You Write Better Than You Play, premiered on ESPN in August 2005. His latest screenplay, Four Minutes, about Roger Bannister and the four-minute mile, appeared last fall on ESPN.

Deford, a native of Baltimore, Md., is a graduate of Princeton University. He is the author of more than 12 books, two of which were made into movies: Everybody's All American and Alex: The Life of a Child, which is his memoir about his daughter who died of cystic fibrosis. His latest book, The Old Ball Game, about Christy Mathewson and John McGraw and baseball at the turn of the century, was published in April by Grove/Atlantic. Deford resides in Westport, Conn. with his wife, Carol. They have two children, a son, Christian, and daughter, Scarlet.

The Marcon Lecture Series is named in memory of Frank L. Marcon, a prominent area businessman who served as a DeSales University trustee from 1966, until his death in 1982. Previous speakers have included Charlie Rose, Tim Russert, Mark Shields, Paul Gigot, Helen Thomas, Bob Arnot, Peggy Noonan, Tucker Carlson and William Kristol.

Press Release: Award-Winning Sports Commentator Frank Deford to Give Marcon Lecture at DeSales University, Wednesday, April 5 | Posted on: 2/14/2006

For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive D
irector of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu

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