LOS ANGELES (FWAA) – Longtime Arkansas sports writer
Orville Henry was named the winner of the 2002 Bert McGrane
Award during the FWAA's annual meeting on Thursday.
The Bert McGrane Award, presented every year since 1974, goes
to a member who has performed outstanding service to the organization
and the writing profession. McGrane was one of organization's founding
Henry, 76, is living in Malvern, Ark., and is still writing for
the Morning News of Northwest Arkansas and the Donrey Media Group.
His career spans nearly six decades. His picture is on the current
FWAA Directory from a New Year's Day game at the Cotton Bowl during
Henry was inducted into the Arkansas Hall of Fame last February.
He was sports editor from 1943-82 and senior sports editor through
1988 of the defunct Arkansas Gazette. At that time, he joined the
Arkansas Democrat. He went to work for the Donrey Media group in
Henry is past president of the FWAA and the state of Arkansas
chairman for the Heisman Trophy Selection Committee. He wrote one
book with Jim Bailey, "The Razorbacks," which was updated and rewritten
in the mid-1990s.
Former McGrane winners Bill Lumpkin and Jimmie McDowell were
in attendance at the event in Los Angeles. Henry will be presented
the award during the College Football Hall of Fame induction ceremonies
next August in South Bend, Ind.
• Bert McGrane Award