BY BRIANNA WILLIAMS
DC native and longtime NBA sports reporter, David Aldridge was named a 2016 recipient of the Basketball Hall of Fame's Curt Gowdy Media Award on Friday night.
The Curt Gowdy Media Award is named in honor of the late Curt Gowdy, a legendary sports broadcaster and former Hall of Fame President. This annual award is presented to members of the print and electronic media who have made significant contributions to the game of basketball. Along with Aldridge, Jay Bilas, college basketball analyst for ESPN was also a recipient.
Upon graduating from American University with degrees in journalism and history in '87, Aldridge went on to be a reporter for the Washington Post for nine years, where he covered Georgetown University athletics, the Washington Redskins and the Washington Bullets. After leaving the Post, he reported for ESPN for eight years, primarily covering the NBA and becoming one of the most admired basketball journalists as an NBA Insider and as an ESPN.com contributor.
In 2004, Aldridge became a contributor for The Philadelphia Inquirer and lead reporter for Turner Sports and Turner Network Television.
National Association of Black Journalists president, Sarah Glover had this to say about the DeMatha Catholic High School alum's work ethic:
"I can think of no one who deserves this honor more than David Aldridge. He has been a pioneering journalist since starting at the Washington Post sports desk immediately after graduating from American University," said Glover. "It is a true testament to his hard work and being an example for a generation of sports journalists that he has received this high honor."
Some took to Twitter to congratulate the honoree:
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) February 12, 2016
— The Eagle (@TheEagleOnline) February 16, 2016
— Ben M (@BenMehicNBA) February 12, 2016
During the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement events, September 8-10 in Springfield, Mass., Aldridge and Bilas will be recognized for their dedication to the game.
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