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2019 Bill Nichols Media Award goes to Columbus Dispatch/Press Pro Magazine’s Mark Znidar

 

Past Award Recipients 2018-Chris Wenzler (John Carroll)

2017-Tom Usher (Lima News)

2016-Ed Syguda (Otterbein)

2015-Harry Paidas (Mount Union)

2014-John Wharff (Marietta)

2013-David Glasier (Lake County News-Herald)

2012-Joe Tait (Mount Union)

2011-Bill Robinson (Marietta Times)

2010-Ron Miller (The Daily Jeffersonian)

Mark Znidar accepting Bill Nichols Award from OAC Commissioner Tim Gleason

Austintown, OH – Mark Znidar of the Columbus Dispatch/Press Pro Magazine is the tenth recipient of the Bill Nichols Award. The Bill Nichols Award was created to recognize a member of the media who has demonstrated an understanding and passion for amateur athletics, while covering the students and programs of NCAA Division III and the Ohio Athletic Conference.

Mark Znidar (file photo)

For more than 30 years, Bill Nichols worked at the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He served as an adjunct lecturer at Baldwin-Wallace College and John Carroll University, as well as several other institutions.

Znidar was born in Cleveland, Ohio, graduated from Cleveland St. Joseph High School and received his Communications degree from the University of Dayton. Znidar spent 33 years of his career at The Columbus Dispatch covering Ohio colleges, including Capital University and Otterbein University, NASCAR, the Columbus Clippers and Cincinnati Bengals.

Prior to The Columbus Dispatch, Znidar spent time at the News-Sun covering Baldwin-Wallace University football and basketball and the News-Herald covering Ohio State football and basketball. He currently works for Press Pros Magazine.

Znidar was inducted into the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Hall of Fame and received an OHSAA Meritorious Service Award.

Despite his many responsibilities through the years, promoting the Division III institutions in Ohio always remained a priority and the Ohio Athletic Conference is honored to recognize him.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Lindsay Rickel Miller; COURTESY OAC INFORMATION SERVICES