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By : Katie Ellis

Binghamton alum Tony Kornheiser, left, is shown here with Pardon the Interruption co-host Mike Wilbon on the set of their ESPN talk show. Kornheiser is the scheduled guest speaker at the Harpur Forum September 17.
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.

Beginning his career at Long Island’s Newsday before moving to the New York Times, Kornheiser has written for the Washington Post since 1979. He became a sports columnist there in 1984 and began writing a Sunday Style section regular column 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 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 now an inspiration for another project. This fall CBS will premier the sitcom Listen Up, based on Kornheiser’s life and columns. The program stars Jason Alexander (George Costanza) of Seinfeld fame.

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

The Harpur Forum serves business, professional and community leaders by bringing nationally known authorities to speak at Forum functions throughout the year.

Limited seating is available on a first come, first-served basis at a cost of $10 for faculty and staff and $5 for students. Call Elena Backlund at 777-4390 for reservations.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08