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WDRB's Eric Crawford named NSSA Kentucky Sportswriter of the Year

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Eric Crawford on the WDRB News set hosting the Sports Page Live. He hosts the weekly web cast with Rick Bozich on Wednesdays. Eric Crawford on the WDRB News set hosting the Sports Page Live. He hosts the weekly web cast with Rick Bozich on Wednesdays.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- WDRB is proud to announce that sports journalist Eric Crawford has received the 2014 Kentucky Sportswriter of the Year award.

The honor comes from The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, which awards one writer and one broadcaster from each state every year. The award is determined from balloting from sportswriters and broadcasters around the state.

“None of us gets into this industry to be honored, but it certainly is rewarding when your work is recognized by your peers,” said Dave Goren, Executive Director of the NSSA.

Eric already has several honors by the Associated Press Sports Editors, including a national award in deadline sports reporting for his part in breaking a story about U of L coach Bobby Petrino secretly interviewing with Auburn University. He's also a winner of the Red Smith Writing Award for Kentucky Derby coverage, and of several awards from the Society of Professional Journalists.

This is a historic win as it is the first time a statewide National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association writing award has been given to a journalist from a local television station.

“Eric has an incredible ability to write in a way that brings readers into a story, almost as if they were there with him,” said WDRB Vice President and Director of News Barry Fulmer. “He has embraced a whole new world of broadcast journalism. It is a privilege to work with him, and a joy to read his work.”

Fellow WDRB sports journalist Rick Bozich took to Twitter to proudly announce the news as soon as it became official, tweeting, “Congrats to my main man @ericcrawford of WDRB -- named Kentucky Sportswriter of the Year. So well-deserved for his wit, range and insights.”

Eric will receive the award in a ceremony in June.

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