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ESPN’s John Clayton Honored as Distinguished Communicator

The Department of Journalism and Multimedia Arts (JMA) will honor Duquesne alumnus John Clayton, senior NFL writer and commentator for ESPN, as its 2010 Sean Doherty Distinguished Communicator Award.Named for the late WDUQ-FM sports broadcaster, the award recognizes the lifetime service of communication specialists who exemplify ethics, professionalism and compassion as reflected by Doherty.

After graduating from Duquesne’s McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts in 1976, Clayton spent 10 years as a National Football League (NFL) and Steelers beat reporter for the Pittsburgh Press before moving to similar writing positions with The Sporting News and the Tacoma News Tribune.

In 1990, Clayton became a radio talk show host for Seattle’s KJR Radio, and in 1995 he joined ESPN. His work is seen, heard and read across nearly all of ESPN’s outlets, including NFL coverage on Inside the Huddle segments on SportsCenterSunday NFL Countdown,NFL Live and the NFL Draft.  He regularly contributes to ESPN.com, ESPN Radio and ESPN The Magazine.

Clayton will deliver remarks at the event and address his time at Duquesne and his career.

The event is free and open to the Duquesne community.

When: Thursday, March 25, at 1 p.m.

Where: Pappert Lecture Hall, the Bayer Learning Center, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh

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