Sports scribe Frank DeFord to receive William Allen White Citation from KU

Frank DeFord, the irreverent sportswriter who drops doses of whimsy every Wednesday on NPR, will be receive KU’s 2013 William Allen White Foundation National Citation, the Journal-World reported this week.

DeFord has written 18 books, and has been a writer for Sports Illustrated since 1962. Candy Crowley of CNN was last year’s recipient.

Ann Brill, dean of the KU School of Journalism and a trustee of the foundation, said Deford fit what trustees look for in a National Citation winner: nationally known work, a long history of journalistic service and exemplification of White’s ideals.

“He was clearly a favorite of the trustees, and not just for, I think, his sports commentaries,” Brill said, “but I think for some of his other writings and his presence nationally.”

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