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.
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.