CHICAGO (Oct. 1, 2013) – New York Times columnist George Vecsey was named the recipient of the 2013 Colin Jose Media Award by the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Vecsey will be honored at the 2013 Induction Ceremony on Friday, Oct. 11, preceding the U.S. Men’s National Team’s FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Jamaica.
The ceremony, presented by Eurosport, begins at 2:30 p.m. CT on the West Plaza of Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., and will be open to the public.
Born on July 4, 1939, in Queens, N.Y., Vecsey began writing about sports when he was hired by Newsday while attending Hofstra College. His subsequent career has spanned 52 years writing for the New York Times, primarily as a sportswriter. Vecsey still serves as a Contributing Sports Columnist since retiring at the end of 2011.
Vecsey specialized in covering international sporting events and has covered eight consecutive FIFA World Cups from Spain in 1982 to South Africa in 2010. His international coverage also includes reporting on eight Summer Olympic Games from Los Angeles 1984 to London 2012 and over a dozen Wimbledon Championships.
He is also the author of more than a dozen books, six of which were national best sellers. With the approach of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Vecsey is in the final stages of finishing a book about the eight previous World Cups he has covered. The book is scheduled to be released in May of 2014.
In addition to his sports coverage, Vecsey served stints for the New York Times as a National Correspondent in Appalachia (1970-73) and upon returning to New York, as a Metro reporter from 1973-76. He then covered religion for the New York Times until 1980, a spell during which he covered Pope John Paul II’s first trips to Mexico and the United States, as well as the Dalai Lama’s first visit to the U.S.
Vecsey is the eighth recipient of the Colin Jose Media Award and joins Jerry Trecker (Sportswriter, 2004), Seamus Malin (Broadcaster, 2005), George Tiedemann (Photographer, 2007), Ike Kuhns (Sportswriter, 2008), Alex Yannis (Sportswriter, 2009), Paul Gardner (Sportswriter, 2010) and Grahame Jones (Sportswriter, 2012) as an honoree.
The Colin Jose Media Award was created to honor the contributions of members of the print and electronic media including reporters, columnists, authors, broadcasters, editors, public/media relations professionals and others who specialize in communications with respect to soccer in the United States. The Award is named for Colin Jose, Historian Emeritus of the National Soccer Hall of Fame and the pre-eminent soccer historian of North America.