Washington Missourian reporter Craig Vonder Haar, a Missouri Southern State University graduate has received recognition from the Prestigious National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. The following article is reprinted from the Missourian:
The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters
Association has once again cast its spotlight on The
Craig Vonder Haar of The Missourian has been named
the 2005 Missouri Sportswriter of the Year by the organization.
Vonder Haar, a graduate of Pacific High School and Missouri Southern
State University in Joplin, has been with The Missourian since
September of 1996. He has been nominated for the NSSA award before.
This is the first time he has won the award.
Craig beat out an all-star lineup for this year’s award. Others on the
ballot included St. Louis Post-Dispatch writers
Bernie Miklasz and Jim Thomas and Kansas City Star
writer Joe Posnanski.
Vonder Haar will go to Salisbury, N.C., April 29-May 1 to attend the
47th Annual Awards Program. NSSA is headquartered in Salisbury, N.C.,
with its hall of fame in the city.
This is the second year in a row that The Missourian
has captured the top prize for sportswriters as awarded by NSSA. Last
year, Missourian Sports Editor Bill Battle received
the top award.
Vonder Haar is being honored with Frank Cusamano of KSDK Channel 5
from Missouri. Cusamano is the sportscaster of the year from Missouri.
National award winners are Steve Rushin of Sports Illustrated and Jim
Nantz of CBS Sports. Being inducted into the Hall of Fame this year
are Phil Rizzuto of the New York Yankees Network and W.O. McGeehan of
the New York Herald-Tribune.