Famed sports writer Frank Deford featured at Harpur Forum annual dinner
Author, sports journalist and commentator Frank Deford, hailed by GQ Magazine as “the world’s greatest sportswriter,” will be the featured speaker at the Harpur Forum annual dinner at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 10, in the Mandela Room of the Binghamton University Union.
Deford is well recognized in virtually every medium. He is the Senior Contributing Writer at Sports Illustrated, a commentator on NPR’s Morning Edition and a regular commentator on HBO’s RealSports.
Deford is also the author of 14 books, two of which—the novel, Everybody’s All-American and Alex: The Life Of A Child, his memoir about his daughter who died of cystic fibrosis—have been made into movies. His latest screenplays, The Sister-In-Law, a comedy, is being produced by Lions Gate, and Four Minutes, about Roger Bannister and the four-minute mile, will soon air.
As a journalist, Deford was most recently presented with the National Magazine Award for Profiles for his coverage of Bill Russell. He has been elected to the Hall of Fame of the National Association of Sportscasters and Sportswriters. On six separate occasions, Deford was voted by his peers as US Sportswriter of The Year and twice he was voted Magazine Writer of The Year by the Washington Journalism Review.
Deford has been presented with a Christopher Award and journalism honor awards by the University of Missouri and Northeastern University. In broadcast journalism, Deford has won both an Emmy and a George Foster Peabody Award. A television biography of Deford’s life and work is scheduled to appear on ESPN in August.
The Harpur Forum serves business, professional and community leaders by bringing nationally known authorities to speak at functions throughout the year.