Vahe Gregorian

Star Sports Columnist Vahe Gregorian Named Top Missouri Sportswriter for Fifth Time

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Kansas City Star)Kansas City Star sports columnist Vahe Gregorian has been named the National Sports Media Association’s Missouri Sportswriter of the Year for the fifth time.

Gregorian has been with the Star since 2013. He holds a master’s degree from Missouri, has co-authored several books and was nominated for a Pulitzer in 2000 while with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

He and Star colleague Sam Mellinger were also each named Top 10 columnists in the country in the large-category classification of the most recent APSE contest.

Also honored by the National Sports Media Association (NSMA) this week were KC native Kevin Harlan as National Sportscaster of the Year, and ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski as National Sportswriter of the Year.

Harlan was recognized for his work on NFL, NBA and college basketball broadcasts. He began his career as the radio and TV play-by-play man for the Kansas City Kings and later worked on KU, Mizzou and Chiefs broadcasts.

Mike Kelly, radio voice of the Missouri Tiger Radio Network, earned his fifth Missouri Sportscaster of the Year award. Kansas’ Sportswriter of the Year is Bob Davidson of the Salina Journal; K-State Radio’s Wyatt Thompson was named the Kansas Sportscaster of the Year for the third time.

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Sportscasters Woody Durham and Bryant Gumbel and Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post were named to the NSMA Hall of Fame.

Vahe Gregorian was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and his love of football began when he was a child playing in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania’s Pop Warner league. He was class president of Swarthmore High School during his senior year. He then made the varsity football team at the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated in 1983 with a BA in English and continued his studies at the University of Missouri’s Graduate School of Journalism, the country’s oldest school of journalism, where he earned an MA in 1988. In 2004, he was chosen as a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan, where he focused on history and the demise of sportsmanship.

He is the son of Dr. Vartan and Clare Gregorian.