Hall of Famer to teach journalism at IU

William F. “Billy” Reed, a former senior writer for Sports Illustrated and a national hall of fame sportswriter and author, will teach at Indiana University’s National Sports Journalism Center this fall.

Reed will teach two courses as an adjunct faculty member at the center located at the IU School of Journalism at IUPUI.

“As I pass the 50th anniversary of my career in journalism, I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to work with the sports journalists of the future,” Reed said. “The craft I love is changing, not dying, and it’s comforting to know that by establishing this center, IU is embracing the challenges of change in a positive and exciting way.”

Tim Franklin, the center’s director and the Louis A. Weil, Jr. Endowed Chair at the School of Journalism, said Reed is a nationally accomplished sports writer who will inspire students to be the best in the industry.

“Billy Reed is exactly the kind of instructor one expects in America’s premier sports journalism center,” said Franklin, former editor of The Baltimore Sun who joined IU in January. “He has covered many of the biggest sports stories in the world over the course of his illustrious career, and he’s done it for a magazine that is the gold standard for outstanding sports writing. He also brings a passion to teach and help students prepare for a career in sports media. We’re thrilled to have someone with his credentials in our program.”

Reed is as member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Hall of Fame, the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame and the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame. He has won National Headliner Awards for investigative reporting and sports columns and a national Sigma Delta Chi Award for general reporting. He has been named Kentucky Sports Writer of the Year eight times.

“Impressive as his achievements are, they run a distant second to his passion for the practice of the craft,” said Dave Kindred, a former long-time sports columnist for The Washington Post and an NSJC advisory board member. He also is a member of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame and is a winner of the Red Smith Award for lifetime achievement in sports journalism. “He believes the unchanging fundamentals of journalism are the foundation of storytelling that works anywhere anytime.”

Reed worked two stints at Sports Illustrated for a total of 29 years, the last 10 of which he had the title senior writer. Reed also was sports editor and columnist for the (Louisville) Courier-Journal from 1977 to 1986. He later was a sports columnist for the (Lexington, Ky.) Herald-Leader. He has authored or contributed to 14 books. In recent years, he has been a public relations executive for the State of Kentucky in various capacities.

In the fall semester, Reed will two teach sports journalism courses: J154 Introduction to Sports Journalism: Controversy, Conflict and Characters, and J152 Introduction to Sports Media in Society. Those classes will be based at the IUPUI campus in Indianapolis, but also offered via videoconference to students in Bloomington. They are two of the four courses being offered to students this fall as part of the NSJC’s new curriculum.

Along with its academic programs, the center also includes a regular speaker series featuring nationally prominent sports journalists, athletes and personalities. It also will provide seminars for current sports media professionals.

In May, the Associated Press Sports Editors, the nation’s largest professional sports media organization, announced that it would base its national headquarters at the center. The organization also will hold its 2011 winter conference at the School of Journalism at IUPUI.


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