Bangor Daily News assistant sports editor Pete Warner has received the Maine Sportswriter of the Year for the fourth time by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
Warner, 48, was selected by a vote of NSSA members in Maine for 2009.
Clem LaBree of WZON radio in Bangor and Rich Kimball of WAEI radio of Bangor were named Maine Co-Sportscasters of the year.
The national winners are sportscaster Jim Nantz of CBS and sportswriter Bob Ryan of the Boston Globe.
Warner, a Bangor native, has worked on the BDN sports staff since 1979 and serves a dual role as a writer and editor.
Warner is primarily responsible for college coverage, concentrating on football, women’s basketball and baseball, but he also writes about a variety of other sports at different levels.
“Pete’s versatility, work ethic and high level of professionalism are qualities all aspiring journalists should follow,” sports editor Joe McLaughlin said. “He consistently turns in quality stories and the number of duties he can handle in this changing business is impressive.”
Warner, a 1980 graduate of Bangor High School and a 1986 University of Maine grad with a B.A. in journalism, also coordinates the NEWS’ coverage of college sports.
Past BDN winners include Ernie Clark, Mike Dowd, John Holyoke, Larry Mahoney and Andrew Neff.
LaBree, an Old Town native, has worked on the Sports Zone Morning Show for 15 years and also provides play-by-play for the station’s various broadcasts.
After working at WABI-AM and WYOU-FM in Bangor, LaBree joined WZON in 1994.
Kimball, a Bangor native, received the Maine award for the third time. He has been the radio voice for University of Maine football for 13 seasons. He also does play-by-play for high school basketball games for MPBN-TV during tourney week.
Kimball, the Brewer High School freshman coordinator, has been a broadcaster for more than 31 years, having also worked in television.