In July, Mike Bires celebrates his 33rd
anniversary as a member of the
Beaver County Times sports
For parts of five decades, he’s covered
sports on the high school, college and professional levels.
It is believed he’s had more bylined stories in that
newspaper than any other reporter, news or sports.
In 1972, Mike graduated from Hopewell High
School where he played football and baseball. As a college
freshman, he attended Penn State Beaver where he took his
first journalism class and played on the college’s baseball
A year later, Mike transferred to Indiana
University of Pennsylvania. At IUP, he majored in English
with concentrations in journalism and photography. After
spending one year on the football team, he began covering
Crimson Hawks for the “Penn,” the student newspaper.
After graduating from IUP in the spring of
1977, Mike landed a part-time job as a sports reporter for
the Beaver County Times. From 1978-1979, he was the sports
editor at The Coraopolis Record, a weekly newspaper that
covered Cornell, Moon Area, Quaker Valley, Montour and West
Allegheny high schools. During his time at the Record, he
also worked part-time for the Beaver County Times.
In January of 1980, Mike moved on to the
Observer Reporter in Washington, Pa. But his stay at the O-R
didn’t last long. In July of 1980, he was hired full-time at
the Beaver County Times.
As well as general assignment duties, Mike
primarily covered high school sports. From 1983 through
1998, he covered the football and men’s basketball teams at
the University of Pittsburgh.
In 1999, he began covering the Pittsburgh
Steelers. Since 1990, Mike has coordinated a local golf page
that runs on Sundays from April through September each year.
Among the events Mike has covered include
numerous WPIAL and PIAA championship events, several
basketball games in the Big East and NCAA tournaments, PGA
and LPGA tour events including three U.S. Open
championships, a few world championship boxing fights and
seven Super Bowls.
He’s won awards nationally (Associated Press
Sports Editors). He’s won awards regionally (Keystone Press
and Golden Quill). But more important than those individual
honors were the numerous occasions when the Beaver County
Times’ sports staff was honored by the APSE as one of the
best in the country for its circulation size.
Mike is honored and humbled to be part of the
Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame induction Class of 2013.
He estimates that of the 385 members now in this Hall of
Fame, he’s interviewed directly or done stories on close to
230 of the men and women who’ve been inducted.
Mike and his wife, Angela, live in Cecil