Jeannie Morris

Jeannie Morris began her career as a writer, first with a column in the Chicago’s American that appeared on the women’s page called “Football is a Woman’s Game,” then as a sports reporter for the Chicago Daily News. She was one of the first women in the nation to write sports for a major metropolitan daily.   While continuing her column, Jeannie began creating weekly sports features for Chicago’s NBC affiliate, WMAQ-TV. Along with her husband, Johnny, Jeannie moved over to Chicago’s CBS affiliate WBBM-TV in 1975. During her almost three decades as a Chicago sports reporter, Jeannie was honored 11 times with Emmys, and collected numerous AP and UPI awards for best sports/news story in Illinois while winning the national UPI award in 1980 for best sports reporting in the country for her investigative series exposing horse drugging at the racetrack. In 1987 she won the National Association of Black Journalists award for her program “Air Jordan.” Jeannie also earned Emmys for spot news and children’s programming, the latter for an adaptation of her book, Adventures in the Blue Beast, the story of her family’s one-year camping trip in Europe and the then Soviet Union.   Her bestselling book, Brian Piccolo: A Short Season, the biography of the 26-year-old Chicago Bear who died of cancer in 1970, has been in print for more than 25 years. It is often remembered for the movie that followed, “Brian’s Song.”


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