BDN’s Warner named sportswriter of the year

Posted Jan. 10, 2011, at 7:39 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 10, 2011, at 8:33 p.m.

SALISBURY, N.C. — Bangor Daily News assistant sports editor Pete Warner has been named the Maine Sportswriter of the Year for the second straight year and sixth time overall by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, the organization announced Monday.

Rene Cloukey and Jim Churchill were named co-winners of the NSSA’s Maine Sportscaster of the Year.

Warner is a Bangor native who has worked on the BDN sports staff since 1979 and serves a dual role as a writer and editor. He is responsible for college coverage, including football, basketball and baseball, and also writes about a variety of other sports.

A Bangor High School and University of Maine graduate, Warner, 49, coordinates the BDN’s coverage of college sports, assists in editing duties and helps manage content for the BDN website, bangordailynews.com.

“Pete handles a wide variety of duties and does them all very well,” BDN sports editor Joe McLaughlin said. “He has kept pace with the changing needs of our business and we’re lucky to have him as part of our team.”

Cloukey is the sports director at WAGM-TV in Presque Isle and has won the Maine Sportscaster of the Year Award four times. He has worked at the station for 28 years. Churchill, a first-time winner of the award, is a sportscaster for the Maine Black Bear Sports Network and is entering his 12th season of doing play-by-play for UMaine baseball games.

Longtime play-by-play announcers Brent Musburger and Bob Uecker and Bob Ryan, a 42-year veteran of the Boston Globe, have been voted into the NSSA’s Hall of Fame, while Mike Tirico of ABC and ESPN and Peter King of Sports Illustrated have been named the organization’s national sportscaster and sportswriter of the year, respectively.

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