Robert Lipsyte

Author, An Accidental Sportswriter

Robert Lipsyte is a sports and city columnist for the The New York Times. He is the author of sixteen books, including his recent memoir, An Accidental Sportswriter. Lipsyte has been a correspondent for “CBS Sunday Morning” and “NBC Nightly News.” He won Columbia University’s Mike Berger Award for distinguished reporting in 1966 and 1996, and in 1992 was runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary. In 1990, he received an Emmy as host of “The Eleventh Hour,” a nightly PBS public affairs show on WNET in New York. Lipsyte’s books also include Dick Gregory’s autobiography, Nigger, and SportsWorld: An American Dreamland. In 2001, he won the American Library Association’s Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in Young Adult literature. His YA novels include The Contender, One Fat Summer, and Center Field.

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