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WSSU/CIAA beat writer named NC sportswriter of the year

January 29, 2006

John Dell, a sportswriter for the Winston-Salem Journal, has been named the sportswriter of the year in North Carolina by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame.

John Dell

The Hall of Fame inducts a sportscaster and sportswriter each year and names writers and sportscasters of the year in almost every state, as well as national winners.

Woody Durham, the longtime voice of University of North Carolina athletics on the Tar Heel Sports Network, was named the state's sportscaster of the year.

A native of Chicago, Dell, 41, has been a sportswriter for 18 years.

He covers Winston-Salem State and the Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association and has been named the CIAA sportswriter of the year four times in the 10 years that he has covered the conference.

He started his professional newspaper career at the Eden Daily News in Eden, N.C. as sports editor of the five-day-a-week afternoon newspaper. After spending nearly three years at the Eden Daily News he became a sportswriter at the Asheboro Courier-Tribune in Asheboro, N.C. His duties included, but were not limited to covering NASCAR, Charlotte Hornets basketball, ACC football and basketball and high school sports. Dell spent nearly four years at the Asheboro Courier-Tribune. During those years he was part of a three-man sports staff that won a North Carolina Press Association award in 1991 for a series on the Richard Petty family.

Following his time at the Courier-Tribune he moved on to ACC Week Magazine, which was published by the Winston-Salem Journal, where he spent three years editing and writing a 52-page weekly magazine that was published 45 times a year. After the magazine folded, he moved into the sports department at the Winston-Salem Journal in June of 1993.

Dell then started covering WSSU and the CIAA and also became the golf writer for the Winston-Salem Journal.

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