USA Today’s Nancy Armour Earns Academy’s Reagan Award

In a profession that, in large part, remains a “man’s game” and all too often is ruled by conventional wisdom, Ms. Nancy Armour stands out. Witty, opinionated and passionate about her craft, the veteran journalist has yet to meet a topic that she wasn’t willing to tackle or a subject that she wasn’t to master in literary form.

For that and more, Armour has been selected as the winner of the 2015 Ronald Reagan Media Award by the United States Sports Academy. The honor is named in recognition of the 40th President of the United States and presented to an individual for outstanding contributions to sport through broadcasting, print, photography or acting. The individual should exhibit imagination, excitement and genius in kindling a keen public interest and appreciation for the role of sport in modern society.

Prior to his film, television and political career, Reagan was a radio broadcaster, handling announcer’s duties for University of Iowa football and Chicago Cubs baseball. Armour, obviously, has worked in a different medium being a writer. But she has been quite successful and quite compelling while serving audiences of the Associated Press and now USA Today for more than 20 years.

Based in Chicago and currently a columnist for USA Today, Armour covers major events such as the Olympics, the World Cup and the Masters. In addition to her long-term, in-depth pieces, she produces columns to provide analysis of big games and events of national interest. During the 2015 NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament, she opined in an article that the blueprint for beating unbeaten Kentucky had been unearthed by Cincinnati, even in a 13-point loss for the latter. Panned by some for such commentary, she proved to be right as Notre Dame pushed the Wildcats in the same fashion later in the tourney before Wisconsin followed suit and ultimately beat them.

Prior to joining USA Today in 2014, Armour was a staple with the Associated Press for two decades. After graduating from Marquette University, she joined the wire service as a correspondent in 1994 and covered Notre Dame football for almost four years. From there, she became an AP sports writer in Chicago for close to seven years before ultimately being given the title of “national sports writer” for the service, one of three writers in the country given such an honor. It was one she invested almost 10 years upholding, earning multiple awards for her feature articles, stories and outstanding body of work.

Perhaps the most telling part of her true value in the media today is that what she produces gets people to think and react and respond, whether they are delighted by what she has written or irritated by it, whether they are fellow media members or diehard fans of a certain team. Her “voice” is a strong one, and continues to show it has a place in the world of sports.

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