FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (FWAA) – Award-winning journalist
Tony Barnhart, a veteran of the reporting scene for 32 years,
has been named the winner of the Football Writers Association of
America's Bert McGrane Award for 2009.
The McGrane Award, symbolic of the association's Hall of Fame,
is presented to an FWAA member who has performed great service to
the organization and/or the writing profession. It is named after
McGrane, a Des Moines, Iowa, writer who was the executive secretary
of the FWAA from the early 1940s until 1973.
Barnhart , a long-time writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
was president of the FWAA in 1998. He worked 24 years for the paper
before becoming a free-lancer this past football season. He has
continued to write his highly popular and informed "Mr. College
Football" column for the newspaper's web site, ajc.com.
Barnhart is a locally and nationally known television and radio
personality who has excelled in that part of the business for a
number of years. He is a regular contributor to the "College Football
Today" Show on CBS with Tim Brando and Spencer Tillman. He hosts
weekly television and radio shows during the college football season.
A native of Union Point, Ga., Barnhart is a 1976 graduate of
the Henry Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia.
In 1999, Tony was named the Georgia Sportswriter of the Year and
also has been honored for his work by the College Sports Information
Directors of America (CoSIDA) and the All-America Football Foundation.
Barnhart has been nominated for two Southern Regional Emmy Awards.
In 1996, he was nominated as the screenwriter of "The Southern Game,"
a documentary on Southern College Football. In 2007 his television
show, "Talkin' Football," was also nominated for a Regional Emmy.
Tony is the author of three books: "Southern Fried Football,"
"What It Means to Be A Bulldog," and "Dooley: My 40 Years at Georgia."
"Southern Fried Football," which was first released in 2000, was
recently updated and re-released.
Barnhart will be honored this summer during the National Football
Foundation's Hall of Fame induction weekend in South Bend, Ind.,
and his name will be placed in the College Football Hall of Fame's
Tony lives in Atlanta with his wife, Maria. Their daughter, Sara
Barnhart Fletcher, is a first-year associate with the Atlanta law
firm of Smith, Gambrell & Russell. She is a 2008 graduate of the
University of Georgia School of Law.
• Bert McGrane Award