Dave Kindred has been named the Boxing Writers Association of
America's 2012 recipient of the Nat Fleischer Award for “Excellence in
Boxing Journalism.” The vote for the Fleischer Award is comprised
solely of past winners.
Over the years, Dave Kindred has been a reporter and columnist for
the Washington Post, Louisville Courier-Journal, Atlanta
Journal-Constitution, and numerous other publications. The quality of
his writing has set a standard for boxing coverage that has seldom
been equaled. In addition, he has authored nine books, including Sound
and Fury, which examined the intertwined lives of Muhammad Ali and
Kindred's accomplishments culminated in his being honored by the
Associated Press Sports Editors as a recipient of sports journalism's
highest honor: the Red Smith Award for lifetime achievement. He is
also a member of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters
Association Hall of Fame.
He presently is a director of Indiana University's National Sports
Journalism Center, an adjunct professor at both Bradley University and
Illinois Wesleyan University, and a contributing writer for
Kindred was ecstatic when told of this latest honor.
“I'm thrilled to be on a list that begins with Barney Nagler,
my first ringside mentor, and includes another two dozen reporters
whose work taught me how to do it.”
Kindred will be officially honored at the BWAA's annual awards
banquet scheduled for the Spring, the date and location to be
announced in the coming weeks.