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Longtime New York Times columnist Dave Anderson dies at 89

Dave Anderson, who was a columnist and reporter for The New York Times for more than 40 years died at the age of 89.

According to his son Steve, Anderson died on Thursday at an assisted living center in Cresskill, New Jersey.

Anderson won a Pulitzer Prize for his sports commentary in 1981. In the year 1994, he was the winner of The Associated Press Sports Editors Red Smith Award and was also inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame in the year 1990. He was recognized many times for his boxing coverage.

ESPN and the Pen American Center gave Anderson a lifetime achievement award in 2014, citing his nuance and the depth of his writing.

The judges wrote in honoring Anderson that for more than half a century, Dave Anderson has waded into the hurly-burly of sportswriting with a quiet dignity and a true craftsman’s regard for the language.

He was not known for his bombast or half-cocked opinion and people read him because, quite simply, he knew whereof he wrote.

Anderson joined the Times in the year 1966 and worked there until 2007, when he retired. But he still continued to contribute to the Times.  His last work in the newspaper’s online archives was an August 2017 piece on tennis’ US Open.

Anderson worked for the New York Journal-American and the Brooklyn Eagle, prior to the Times. He wrote as many as 21 books during his career.

Anderson is survived by his four children, three grandchildren and one great-grandson. Maureen, his wife died at the age of 82 in the year 2014.

His son Steve worked for ESPN for 35 years and retired in 2015 as the executive vice president, content operations and creative services.


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