Gene Wojciechowski is a senior national columnist for ESPN.com and a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine, covering major events and writing news and feature-related columns. He joined ESPN in 1992 as a college football reporter and moved to ESPN, Inc. fulltime in November 1997 when he joined The Magazine. He has also contributed to such ESPN outlets as SportsCenter, College GameDay, and ESPN Radio.
Prior to joining ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine, Wojciechowski was the national college football and college basketball columnist for the Chicago Tribune (1996 – 1997). He also reported on the NFL for both the Denver Post (1983 -1984) and the Dallas Morning News (1984 -1986) before switching to back to college football and basketball for the Los Angeles Times (1986 -1996).
Wojciechowski has received four Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) National Writing Awards. He has also been honored by the Pro Football Writers Association, the Football Writers of America Association, the US Basketball Writers Association, and the LA Press Club. He was named Illinois Sportswriter of the Year in 1997 by the National Sportswriters and Sportscaster of America.
In December 2007, Wojciechowski published his novel, Cubs Nation: 162 Games. 162 Stories. 1 Addiction (Broadway Books). He has also co-authored autobiographies with several recognizable sports personalities. These works include The Bus: My Life In and Out of a Helmet (Doubleday 2007) with Jerome Bettis; I Love Being the Enemy: A Season on the Court with the NBA’s Best Shooter and Sharpest Tongue (Simon & Schuster 1995) with Reggie Miller; Nothing but Net: Just Give Me the Ball and Get Out of the Way (Hyperion Books 1995) with Bill Walton; and My Life on a Napkin: Pillow Mints, Playground Dreams and Coaching the Runnin’ Utes (Hyperion 1999) with Rick Majerus.
Wojciechowski earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and journalism from the University of Tennessee in 1979, where he was a “walk-on” player on the football team.
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