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ANDY NUZZO

Sports Journalism ∙ Midland

Andy Nuzzo's passion for documenting sports was ignited as a member of his high school baseball team at Midland. Andy played as a senior, but his primary charge beginning in his junior year was to keep the club's scorebook. He also served as manager and statistician for the Midland basketball team.

Andy continued to hone his journalistic skills at the University of Toledo, playing freshman baseball for the Rockets and working for the school's newspaper, The Collegian, through his sophomore year. Andy later attended Geneva College, majoring in journalism.

In 1962, Andy began his professional career as a sports correspondent, covering Midland's football and basketball games for both the East Liverpool Review and the Beaver County Times. His most memorable early assignments were covering the legendary Midland High School basketball teams of the mid 1960s. In 1964, the Times promoted Andy to full-time general assignment reporter with a concentration in sports. Andy's stories and columns were must-reads as the golden era of high school hoops continued through the 1960s and 70s.

By 1971, the Beaver County Times had assigned Andy exclusively to sports. His expert scholastic coverage helped him earn plum assignments, including covering the Pittsburgh Pirates during the 1971 World Series and Roberto Clemente's final seasons. Andy was there for Pitt football's glory years in the 70s and 80s and the Panthers' magical chase for the 1976 National Championship. He covered the college career of Tony Dorsett and was at New York's Downtown Athletic Club to witness the Hopewell native accept the Heisman Trophy. Other scribes knew to read Andy Nuzzo. The connections he forged with coaches, officials, and college football aficionados from across the nation often enabled Andy to precisely predict Pitt's and other top bowl game match-ups before they were officially announced. As Pittsburgh became recognized as the City of Champions in the 1970s, Andy Nuzzo was in the midst of its exploding sports scene. He covered the four-time Super Bowl Champion Steelers, the then-struggling Penguins, the World Team Tennis' Triangles, Pitt basketball, and the 1973 PGA Open at Oakmont where Johnny Miller shot a final round 63.

In the 1980s and 90s, Andy returned to local scholastic sports coverage primarily, but in 1983 covered Robert Morris College's first trip to the NCAA Basketball Tournament when the Colonials played Indiana. Andy's distinguished career concluded when he retired from the Beaver County Times in 1997. Andy is a founding member of the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame Executive Committee and attended and helped organize the first Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 1976.