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Famous sportswriter to teach journalism

Author Roger Kahn, who is often described as the best sportswriter in America, has been named the fourth James H. Ottaway, Sr. journalism professor at New Paltz.

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Famous sportswriter, Roger Kahn has been named the next James H. Ottaway, Sr. journalism professor at New Paltz.

In making the announcement, college President Steven Poskanzer described Kahn as "a national treasure," citing especially Kahn's 1972 book, "The Boys of Summer," which captured the imagination of the nation when it was published.

The book recounts Kahn's early years as a sports reporter in New York City and his nostalgic visits with some of the famous Brooklyn Dodgers of the 1950s, including baseball players Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese and Duke Snider.

Kahn will teach a special course next spring, called "Beyond the Boys of Summer." In it, he will discuss the process he has employed - from choosing topics, to researching his subjects, to writing the prose that novelist James Michener has described as having "high moral purpose and great poetic accomplishment."

"While occupying the Ottaway Chair," said Kahn, "I hope to pass on to another generation as much as possible of what I have learned in 50 years of walking the back alleys and the main streets of journalism."

For more information about Kahn, or the James H. Ottaway, Sr. Journalism Professorship, visit

NOVEMBER 10, 2003
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