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Broadcaster, essayist Jim Huber dies at 67

By staff reports
Posted Jan 2 2012 10:14PM - Updated Jan 3 2012 7:57PM

ATLANTA -- Emmy-winning essayist and veteran reporter Jim Huber died Monday in Atlanta. He was 67 and had been diagnosed with acute leukemia.

Huber, who had worked with Turner Sports full-time since 2000, was known for thoughtful pieces that made sometimes larger-than-life sports figures seem down-to-earth and real to viewers.

"The Turner Broadcasting family suffered a great loss and we are saddened by the passing of our colleague and friend, Jim Huber," said David Levy, president of sales, distribution and sports for Turner Broadcasting System. "A terrific Emmy Award winning journalist and essayist, Jim made so many contributions during his more than 27 years with our company. He was a gentleman and wonderful individual and will be deeply missed. We send our condolences to his wife, Carol, and son, Matt."

Huber served as an anchor and reporter for CNN/Sports Illustrated, the 24-hour sports news network from CNN and Sports Illustrated in the late 1990s. In addition, he hosted CNN's "Pro Golf Weekly" and "Sporting Life with Jim Huber."

Huber joined Turner Sports full-time in 2000, relinquishing his duties at CNN/Sports Illustrated. His expanded role as an announcer included both the NBA and professional golf.

The veteran sports reporter won an Emmy for his writing of an "Olympic Park Bombing" essay on the bombing at Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park during the 1996 Olympics. He won two Georgia Emmys, six Sportscaster of the Year awards from The Associated Press, five United Press International awards, a Unity Award in Media, two Sigma Delta Chi awards, a Gold award from both the New York and Houston Film Festivals and two CableACEs.

While co-anchoring Sports Tonight with Nick Charles, the show was awarded two CableACE's for best sports information program.

In June 2008, Huber was inducted into the Atlanta Athletic Club's Hall of Fame for his excellence in sports journalism.

Huber attended Presbyterian College in South Carolina and is the author of The Babes of Winter (1975, Strode Publishing) and A Thousand Goodbyes in memory of his father, (2001, Thomas Nelson Publishing).

Last year, Huber wrote Four Days in July: Tom Watson, the 2009 Open Championship, and A Tournament for the Ages (2011, St. Martin's Press).

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