Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Mike Kern

Mike Kern turned 54 in April. Born in Holmesburg, he has lived in Northeast Philly all his life, and now lives in Torresdale. Went to Lincoln High School, then Temple University. Came to the DN almost right out of college, started as part-time clerk, graduated to full-time clerk, promoted to sports writer on Feb. 1, 1982, when the Bulletin folded and the DN started covering suburban high school sports. That was my beat for five-six years. I began covering the colleges at that point. In 1991, I also took over the golf beat. Have been the national college football writer since 1993. Have won numerous national writing awards for golf and basketball, for stories on Tiger Woods and John Chaney, mostly. Was the Pa. Sports Writer of the Year in 2003. Became a member of Lincoln's Wall of Honor that same year.  Was president of the Phila. Sports Writers Association for two years and was recently honored for lifetime service by the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame's Philadelphia Chapter. Married for 29 years, he has a daughter, 29, and son, 25.

  Email Mike at kernm@phillynews.com
Mike Kern
Mike Kern: It will take a while for Penn State football to be a factor again, at least at the national level. Defining "a while" is the murky part. Bill O'Brien didn't create this mess. He's simply the one who has to raise the ship.
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Mike Kern: No matter how disgusted this whole Jerry Sandusky scandal has made us, we don't have all the answers. And we might never get them. Where that leaves the NCAA is hard to assess, because this is unprecedented territory.
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