Veteran Philadelphia Sports Writer Donald Hunt is Retiring

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Some Philadelphia sports media news.

Longtime local sports staple Donald Hunt, known for his years of work with the Philadelphia Tribune, is calling it a career.

Here’s a portion of the writeup from the Tribune’s Brian Saunders:

After a 43-year career, mainly at the Philadelphia Tribune, the veteran journalist will retire from his post as a full-time sports journalist on Dec. 1.

Hunt started seriously considering writing as a senior at Lincoln University under the guidance of the late George Lyle.

After getting his start as a high school sports reporter in Delaware County, Hunt came to the Tribune, where he has touched more lives than you can count with his coverage and thirst to tell people’s stories. Hunt takes pride in telling the stories of high school athletes. He also takes pride in watching their careers on and away from their sports blossom.

Hunt has had the opportunity to focus on areas many newspapers don’t as a reporter for the Philadelphia Tribune, the oldest Black newspaper in the country. He’s done a series on Black football teams, picking three teams highlighting football players who thrived at HBCUs and a series on Black quarterbacks from the pioneers like Fritz Pollard to game-changers like Michael Vick.

Donald Hunt is a really nice guy. He covered plenty of Sixers games in recent years and was always very jovial and approachable. He was actually the first black sports writer inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame, which was back in 2017. In four decades of local writing, he penned numerous stories on basketball, football, baseball, the local colleges, and then would turn in quality feature work as well.

It’s pretty obvious how well-respected he was when you go through the reaction to his retirement:

Congrats to Don on a fantastic career.

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