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Tony Kornheiser ’70 to be Harpur Forum Speaker

2004-09-09

Humorist Dave Barry calls him the “funniest writer in world history,” and Binghamton University can claim him as an alum. Tony Kornheiser ’70, sportswriter, radio and TV host, Washington Post syndicated columnist, humorist and author will be in Binghamton Friday, September 17, to help the Harpur Forum kick off its 2004-05 breakfast series.

Kornheiser will be joined by Dave Simek, Binghamton University’s associate director of athletics, and Jeff Lake, senior vice president with NBT Bank, for “A Discussion with Tony Kornheiser.” The program will begin at 8 a.m. at the Binghamton Club in downtown Binghamton.

After starting his career at Newsday in New York before moving on to the New York Times, Kornheiser has been writing for the Washington Post since 1979. He became a sports columnist there in 1984 and began writing a regular column in the Sunday Style section six years later. He joined ESPN radio in 1997, hosting The Tony Kornheiser Show from 1998 to 2004.

In October of 2001, ESPN television premiered Pardon the Interruption; a live and provocative show devoted exclusively to sports opinions and headline issues. Kornheiser and his co-host Mike Wilbon, who have been debating each other in the sports and style pages of the Post for more than two decades, face off nightly on a variety of hot topics.

Author of four books: I’m Back for More Cash, Pumping Irony, Bald as I Wanna Be and The Baby Chase, Kornheiser is also inspiration for others. CBS will premier the sitcom Listen Up based on his life and his columns this fall. The program will star Jason Alexander of Seinfeld fame.

Kornheiser earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Binghamton.

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