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Award-winning sportswriter to speak at UConn (Released: 2/11/00)

by Allison Thompson, Office of University Communications

STORRS, Conn. -- Leigh Montville, considered one of Sports Illustrated's most versatile writers, will discuss sportswriting and his own work during a talk at the University of Connecticut at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1.

Montville's talk, which will be held in Room A113 of South Campus, is part of a lecture series in Journalism 250: Professional Seminar. During the class, taught by Associate Professor Marcel Dufresne, journalists discuss the economic, technological, sociological and ethical issues that challenge their profession.

The lecture is open to the public and the media, though priority seating is given to enrolled students.

In addition to writing for Sports Illustrated, Montville, a 1965 UConn graduate, is also a commentator for the CNN/Sports Illustrated cable network and co-author with UConn basketball coach Jim Calhoun of Dare to Dream: Connecticut Basketball's Remarkable March to the National Championship.

Before joining Sports Illustrated as a senior writer in 1989, Montville spent more than 20 years as a sports columnist at The Boston Globe. Prior to that, the New Haven native spent three years covering sports for The New Haven Journal-Courier.

"My philosophy has always been that sports should be fun, a thing of joy," Montville says. "I don't get up a whole lot of outrage; I'd rather laugh."

According to Montville, his most significant piece of work for Sports Illustrated was a 1991 article describing Super Bowl Sunday in the midst of the Persian Gulf War.

In 1997, Montville won a CableACE award for best sports commentary/analyst.

Montville's visit is supported by the Walter S. McGowan Jr. Lectureship in Journalism. McGowan, who died last fall, worked in the university's public information and institutional relations offices for 23 years.

Other journalists scheduled to speak in the journalism ecture series this semester include: Lynne DeLucia and John Springer, the lead editor and reporter for the Hartford Courant's 1999 Pulitzer-Prize winning coverage of the Connecticut Lottery shootings; Lisa Simmons, an Emmy-award winning documentary writer/producer; and Eric Owles, an editor/producer at The New York Times Online.