Senior Motorsports Writer, ESPN.com
Award-winning journalist Ed Hinton joined ESPN.com as a senior writer in July 2008, with a focus on NASCAR and other motorsports covered by ESPN. In his fourth decade of sports journalism, Hinton was most recently senior reporter for auto racing with the Tribune Co. newspaper chain, where his work appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Newsday, Baltimore Sun, Orlando Sentinel and South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Previously he was a senior writer at Sports Illustrated, where he covered auto racing, the NFL, college football and Major League Baseball. Before that he worked for the defunct The National sports daily and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Hinton has won numerous professional journalism awards, some transcending sports, including the Scripps-Howard Foundation First Amendment Award in 2001. Twice, he has led reporting teams nominated for the Pulitzer Prize: In 1986 for a series on the desegregation of the Southeastern Conference and its social impact on the South (work still cited by academics), and in 2001 for his body of work on auto racing safety before and after the death of Dale Earnhardt. Hinton has also won several awards in the Associated Press Sports Editors’ largest-circulation newspaper categories, and recognition from United Press International, Sigma Delta Chi professional journalism society and the National Motorsports Press Association.
Hinton is author of two books, Turning the Thing Around, (with former NFL coach Jimmy Johnson, Hyperion, 1993) and Daytona: From the Birth of Speed to the Death of the Man in Black (Warner Books, 2001). His story, “Better Hurting than Dead,” about A.J. Foyt in the twilight of his career, is the only auto racing piece included in the anthology, The Twentieth Century Treasury of Sports (Viking, 1992), alongside stories by renowned writers such as Frank Deford, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Norman Mailer and Damon Runyon.
Born in Laurel, Miss., Hinton attended the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) and graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a B.S. degree in journalism.
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