Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sports writer Ed Bouchette will be honored in the same city where he has helped former Steelers get into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Bouchette, who has covered the Steelers for 30 years and is a selector for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, was named the 2014 recipient of the Dick McCann Award, given annually to the reporter who has made a long and distinguished contribution to pro football with coverage.
In their acceptance speeches at the Hall of Fame, Steelers chairman Dan Rooney and former wide receiver Lynn Swann thanked Bouchette for helping them get inducted.
The McCann Award will be presented to Bouchette at the annual 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival in early August in Canton, Ohio. The award is voted on by members of the Pro Football Writers Association of America.
“Any time you receive an award from your peers, it means a little bit more,” Bouchette said.
Bouchette, a 1973 graduate of IUP, has covered the Steelers for several newspapers in Pennsylvania, but it is with the Post-Gazette where he has had his biggest impact.
He has covered 30 Super Bowls in his career, five involving the Steelers.
Bouchette is the second writer from a Pittsburgh newspaper to receive the McCann Award, joining Pat Livingston of The Pittsburgh Press, who was honored in 1979.
“My congratulations to Ed Bouchette on receiving this significant award from his peers,” Rooney said.
“Ed is one of the true professional sports writers in the NFL and he has always been fair in his writing and reporting. He is very worthy of receiving this award.”
Bouchette joined the Post-Gazette in 1983 and covered the Steelers as his main beat for the paper since 1985. Previously, he worked for the Tribune-Review in Greensburg, McKeesport Daily News, Indiana Gazette, York Dispatch and the Doylestown Daily Intelligencer — all papers in Pennsylvania.
He began covering Steelers home games in 1974 while working for the Indiana Gazette and covered the Steelers home and, at times, on the road throughout the 1970s and early 1980s for several newspapers before landing with the Post-Gazette.
Bouchette, a native of Lynn, Mass., has authored two books on the Steelers and helped co-author others, including the NFL’s 75th Anniversary book. His work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Sport, Pro Football Weekly, Street & Smith’s, TV Guide, Lindy’s, Athlon and many more magazines and newspapers across the country.
In addition, he serves as a Steelers “insider” on KDKA and 93.7 The Fan.
“Ed Bouchette personifies what a great beat reporter should be,” said Jerry Micco, assistant managing editor/sports for the Post-Gazette. “He’s a pro’s pro and has the respect of his colleagues throughout the industry.”
Bouchette’s writing career began when he was covering events as a freshman for the student newspaper at IUP. He earned a business management degree, but gained experience in journalism writing press releases and magazine articles for the university’s public relations office, covering sports and taking journalism and English electives.
“Ed is certainly one of the most knowledgeable reporters covering pro football in America,” Steelers president Art Rooney II said. “This honor is much deserved.”
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Gerry Dulac: email@example.com; twitter: @gerrydulac First Published June 18, 2014 12:00 AM