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New York Times Sportswriter Lynn Zinser to Speak at College; September 17 Event Co-sponsored by the Alumni Association

Posted July 25, 2009

zinseralumnewsgifNew York Times sportswriter Lynn Zinser will speak on the business of sports journalism at Western New England College on Thursday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. in Sleith Hall. Zinser’s appearance is part of the Center for International Sports Business (CISB) “For the Love of the Games” speaker series. The event, which is co-sponsored by the Alumni Association, is free and open to the public.

In an era of diminishing publications, Zinser will discuss current issues facing sports writers, including her perspectives of being a female in a male-dominated industry. Zinser will also share her insights into how sports journalists go beyond simply reporting scores and how athletes performed, to the social, economic, and political implications of what they do on and off the field of play.

A sports reporter for the New York Times since 2003, Zinser has covered the New York Giants, New York Rangers, U.S. Open (of both golf and tennis), and the Olympics. She writes the Times’ regular “Leading Off” column, which is a news roundup of people, teams, and issues in the sporting world. Zinser also serves as the Times’ sports web writer-editor and posts frequent “tweets” on Twitter at

CISB director and former U.S. Olympic Committee official Curt Hamakawa L'84, who knew Zinser when she covered the Olympic beat for the Colorado Springs Gazette from 1999 to 2002, said “Lynn has paid her dues and worked her way up to become one of the best sports writers in the business, period.”

Zinser is a former president of the Association of Women in Sports Media and has received numerous accolades, including several awards from the Associated Press Sports Editors. A graduate of Syracuse University majoring in newspaper journalism, Zinser also teaches sports writing at New York University.

For more information, contact Hamakawa at 413-782-1786 or


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