do sports mean to the people of Beaver County? It's hard to
describe, unless you're from the area. There is passion, pride, and
enthusiasm that simply isn't seen in other parts of the country. Ed
Rose has seen, heard, written, felt and described that passion
throughout his career as an award-winning writer and editor via his
words and the words of his talented staff members for over four
His roots are in Beaver County, and so is his heart.
Rose grew up in Aliquippa, and moved to Beaver in 1962, where he
continues to live. He followed in his father's footsteps as a
journalist, working at the Beaver County Times. He served as The
Times' sports editor for 28 years and on the sports staff for nearly
41 years. He is a 1966 Beaver High School graduate who attended
Point Park University.
He joined The Times in 1971 as a newsroom intern two weeks after
leaving the Army. At the same time, he began writing a weekly auto
racing column covering the sport in the tri-state area. He was named
Pittsburgh Racing Association Sportswriter of the Year in 1971 and
also worked as public relations director at North Hills Raceway.
Ed served as scholastic sports editor of The Times, took over as the
Pittsburgh Pirates beat writer in 1972, and was named Associate Sports
Editor in 1973 and Sports Editor in 1983. He covered high school,
college, and pro sports, in addition to coordinating the planning and
designing of the daily section.
As a writer, he won state and national awards. His writing coverage
included all area high schools, the Pittsburgh Pirates, the
Pittsburgh Steelers, the University of Pittsburgh, and local
colleges. He covered the World Series, the Super Bowl, and countless WPIAL and PIAA championship events.
In his tenure as sports editor, The Times' sports section was
honored with national awards for its innovative coverage on dozens
of occasions. In 2008, The Times was honored as a national Triple
Crown winner by the Associated Press Sports Editors, finishing in
the Top 10 nationwide in daily, Sunday, and Special Section
categories in its circulation group, one of only eight papers
nationwide in any circulation category to receive that honor.
Beyond the games, Ed promoted The Times'-sponsored countywide MAC
track meet; the annual Times/Black Hawk Seniors Golf Championship,
the largest amateur golf event in the county; the seasonal Academic
All-Star teams honoring athletes for their classroom work; the
Joe Tronzo awards, which recognize the most inspiration athletes
on high school teams; and a fundraiser for the family of Olympic
Lauryn Williams of Rochester, which raised nearly $21,000 from
readers for Williams' father, mother, and relatives to attend the
2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.
Ed retired in September of 2011. He and his wife, Nadine, reside in
Beaver. The couple has three children: Marc, a teacher/coach at
Western Beaver High School; Chris, a corporate bank vice
president in New York, NY; and daughter, Kelly, who lives in