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.”