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Jack Henry

Sports Journalism ∙ Beaver Falls

 

 

 

 

For a person who did not step on American soil until age 10 and did not become a US citizen until age 15, Jack Henry became one of the most knowledgeable and well liked media members in Western Pennsylvania. Born in Wales in 1910, Jack and his family settled in Beaver Falls and at age 13 Jack began his long and illustrious newspaper career, writing for the News-Tribune, and later for the Aliquippa Gazette and the Steubenville Press. A 1927 graduate of Beaver Falls, Jack entered Geneva College and soon became the school’s sports information director. Following graduation, he wrote for UPI and the Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph, where he covered all major Pittsburgh sports teams and also had a column. Jack then became news and sports editor of KQV Radio and co-hosted a popular radio show with Pirates Hall of Famer Pie Traynor. Jack also served as the color commentator for Pitt football broadcasts, working with Ray Scott and Red Donley for ten years. Jack progressed to the television market and worked for WIIC-TV, covering the Pittsburgh Spirit soccer team and the Triangles tennis squad. Jack was public announcer for Triangles home matches and was the top finance reporter for WIIC and won the prestigious National Janus Award for his reporting in this field. Jack taught journalism for 28 years at Point Park College and also gave classes at the University of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County Community College. (He also taught a history course at Pitt.) His background also includes a stint as sports editor with the Stars and Stripes while in the service. Jack remained active until his death in 1995, and his career was honored with an obituary in the Sporting News.