Neiswanger named Arkansas sportswriter of year


Robbie Neiswanger was honored Thursday by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

Neiswanger, who covers the University of Arkansas for the Arkansas News Bureau, was named the Arkansas Sportswriter of the Year. It was Neiswanger’s first NSSA state award. Harry King, a columnist for the Arkansas News Bureau, has won the award six times. Orville Henry won eight times, including the first award given in 1959.

“I’m honored to have received this award and be mentioned with all the other talented writers from around the nation,” Neiswanger said. “I certainly wasn’t expecting to win.”

Dennis Byrd, the Arkansas News Bureau chief, said Neiswanger earned the award in a couple of ways.

“Robbie is not only one of the best sportswriters in the country, he’s one of the most prolific,” Byrd said. “And not only does he cover a lot of different things, he covers them all really well.”

Bo Mattingly, host of “Sports Talk With Bo,” received the Arkansas Sportscaster of the Year award. It was the second consecutive win for Mattingly. The late Voice of the Razorbacks Paul Eells won the award 13 times.

In addition to the individual state awards, the NSSA named Mike “Doc” Emrick as the National Sportscaster of the Year and Peter King as the National Sportswriter of the Year. Emrick is best known for his play-by-play work on hockey for NBC. King has covered the NFL for Sports Illustrated since 1989.

The association also announced Rick Reilly and Marv Albert will be inducted into the NSSA Hall of Fame in June.