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Sports commentator for Boston Globe, ESPN to speak at IUPUI

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FOR In House. Boston, MA 3/2/2011 Globe sports writer Bob Ryan is photographed at the TD Garden in Boston, MA on Wednesday, March 2, 2011. (Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff) Section: In House Slug: n/a Reporter: Bob Ryan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

INDIANAPOLIS — Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan, winner of the 2015 Red Smith Award from the Associated Press Sports Editors, will take part in a conversation at the Hine Hall Auditorium on the Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis campus at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 7.

“The Last Word,” a conversation between Ryan and National Sports Journalism Center director Malcolm Moran, will include a discussion of the previous night’s NCAA men’s basketball championship game and Ryan’s recently published book, “Scribe: My Life in Sports.” He will sign copies of the book following the discussion.

The Red Smith Award, which honors “extended meritorious service to sports journalism,” has been considered the most prestigious recognition in the industry since it was first presented in 1981. The APSE Red Smith Hall of Fame has been housed in the IUPUI Campus Center for nearly five years.

Ryan has received the Curt Gowdy Print Media Award for lifetime coverage of basketball from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He is a member of the National Sports Writers and Sportscasters Hall of Fame.

Called the “quintessential American sportswriter” by ESPN personality Tony Kornheiser, Ryan has delivered a passionate viewpoint that has connected with generations of readers in New England for more than four decades. He has covered 29 NCAA Final Fours, 21 NBA finals, 11 Olympic Games, 11 World Series and 11 Super Bowls.

Ryan, who retired from full-time column writing in 2012, writes Sunday columns for the Globe and appears on multiple programs on ESPN.