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McGee earns national writing contest honors
Mark McGee
Mark McGee

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Mark McGee, senior publisher and director of athletics media relations, was recently honored by the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) as one of the five winners in the Fred Stabley Sr. Writing Contest.

McGee received the top national honor for “Event Coverage of the Year” with his article on the Lipscomb softball team’s loss to No. 1 Alabama in the NCAA Regional Finals last year.

The article can be viewed by clicking here.   It also appeared in Lipscomb Now, a magazine for alumni and friends of the university.

“Mark is a tremendous writer and we are proud to have his talents on our staff,” Lipscomb Director of Athletics Philip Hutcheson said.  “We are excited to celebrate with Mark on well-deserved national recognition he has earned.”

McGee has won eight CoSIDA writing awards since 2004.

The CoSIDA Board of Directors also unanimously voted to extend a $500 gift to McGee, who is recovering from an open-heart surgery in April.

McGee also serves an adjunct in the Department of Communication and Journalism teaching media law, media ethics and news reporting and writing. He is a 1979 graduate of Lipscomb with a degree in business management. He graduated from Nashville School of Law with a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree in 1988. He is a Fellow of the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism at the University of Maryland, an honor received for the study of “The Business of Sports” in 1992.

McGee spent 13 years at the Nashville Banner as a sports writer, earning the title of senior writer. He spent seven years as the editor of the Shelbyville Times-Gazette, a daily newspaper in Middle Tennessee. He has also written for numerous publications ranging from The Sporting News to the Nashville City Paper and Associated Press.