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Back in the Game After NYT Buyout, Sportswriter Recalls Shaq Encounter

Since taking a buyout from the New York Times in early 2010, Joe Lapointe continued to teach journalism, freelanced and toiled briefly for Keith Olbermann‘s Current TV show. Now, per his introductory MLive Media Group dispatch, it’s time to get back into the sportswriting game full-time.

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Lapointe, who came to the Times after 11 years with the Detroit Free Press, is thrilled to be back in his native state. He says that when he looks back on his decades of NYC reporting, two folks stand out – Yogi Berra and Shaquille O’Neal:

The Shaq thing happened on a sunny day as I walked through Times Square back to work after lunch. I saw O’Neal signing autographs as he emerged from a restaurant and walked down the sidewalk…

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Mike Francesca Gets to Know Julie Stewart-Binks

It started in April, when a caller to Mike Francesca‘s WFAN radio show that is simulcast on FoxSports 1 joked that his radio colleague, John Minko, had done a great job of magically transforming into an attractive blonde female TV reporter. Francesca stumbled a bit during the call and later apologized to the hockey reporter in question, Julie Stewart-Binks.

Today, Newsday sports media and sports business reporter Neil Best highlights more of what has transpired since. The Canadian-born Stewart-Binks subsequently appeared on Francesca’s show, during the Rangers-Canadiens series, and is hoping to be back in-studio next week when the Stanley Cup Final moves to Madison Square Garden:

Francesa can’t be blamed for not initially knowing Stewart-Binks. Few Americans did until recently.

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Roger Angell Chats with M Magazine

Nice interview feature from Sridhar Pappu for the summer issue of men’s luxury quarterly M.

RogerAngellPicHe caught up with 93-year-old New Yorker editor and writer Roger Angell to talk reader response to February 2014 piece “This Old Man,” Angell’s imminent receipt of the J. G. Taylor Spink Award and this man’s august New Yorker genealogy:

The magazine is more or less a part of him: He knew it well even as a child, given that his mother, Katharine White, was its literary editor from its founding year of 1925 to 1960, and his stepfather, renowned essayist and Charlotte’s Web author E. B. White, joined its staff in 1927 and stayed on as a contributor into the early eighties.

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Bloomberg TV’s Matt Miller Bounces Back from 2013 Hit-and-Run

Here’s an impressive way to bridge the gap between graduating from Columbia Journalism school and starting a job at Alaska’s Cordova Times: crank out a solid longform piece for Business Insider.

MattMillerPicThere’s a personal connection here. Long before attending Columbia, article author Ben Yeager, at age 10, met Bloomberg TV’s Matt Miller (pictured) on Fire Island, where their families owned adjacent summer homes. Yeager does a great job of recounting the horrible hit-and-run accident that Miller was involved in on May 29, 2013, and notes that the pickup vs. Ducati motorcycle incident has done little to slow Miller down:

Miller covers business (and increasingly Bitcoin). He is also an automotive-industry reporter, a gig with serious perks. He is rarely without a luxury sedan or sports car — think Aston Martins, Bentleys, and Ferraris — provided by the automakers for his segments.

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Denton, Spiers Will Not Be Attending Each Other’s Wedding

ElizabethSpiersPicThat’s the main collateral damage from the fact that on the Saturday, May 31, Nick Denton will tie the knot with Derrence Washington at the American Museum of Natural History while Elizabeth Spiers will be saying “I do” to Daily News boroughs editor Jotham Sederstrom at the Botanic Gardens in Brooklyn.

Spiers told Capital New York’s Matthew Lynch that the wed-chronicity was discovered only after deposits were made for both events. She added that both she and Denton thought it was hilariously apt, given their friendship and Gawker connection, that this would happen. Lynch also got this tip from someone impressive enough to get invites to both weddings:

Two double-invitees were Lockhart Steele and his wife, Lindsey Green (themselves married earlier this year, in Las Vegas).

“We love both parties dearly,” [Vox Media VP of editorial] Steele wrote in an email to Capital when we asked which wedding they were going to attend. “So, we’re using the tried and true Ann Landers approach that I last used in 2005 when two dear friends got married on the same day: we’re going to the wedding of the friends who invited us first—in this case, Elizabeth and Jotham.

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Fox Sports Journo Jay Glazer is ‘Happy to be Alive’

ShutterstockJayGlazerWhen the NFL draft kicks off its three-day Radio City Music Hall run next Thursday, one on-site journalist will feel as blessed as the athletes getting ready to bank seven-figure signing bonuses.

As Fox Sports scoop-meister Jay Glazer recently told USA Today‘s Chris Strauss, everything has changed for him because of a recent bout with aspiration double pneumonia. Glazer was stricken in March following what was supposed to be routine back surgery and is now dealing with a new, daily reality:

“I’m happy to be alive,” Glazer said. “There’s going to be good days and bad days for months. With this thing called aspiration double pneumonia, it’s basically where both your lungs, mine, had gotten burned and infected from ingesting all this stomach acid and bile and stuff that I drowned in.”

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These Minutes, Stahl and Kroft Would Like to Have Back

GuilfordCollegeLogoSteve Kroft was initially scheduled to close out the 2013-14 season of Guilford College’s Bryan Series in Greensboro, NC alongside Lara Logan. But in the wake of Logan’s leave of absence, it was up to 60 Minutes colleague Lesley Stahl to take up the anecdotal slack last night.

Per a summary in the Times  & Record, both correspondents talked frankly about some of their least favorite interview assignments. For Kroft, it was the very mean French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson. For Stahl, there was also a Frenchman in the mix:

One was with former French president Nicolas Sarkozy (“I don’t speak French, but he said something vulgar,” Stahl said). The other was with late Russian president Boris Yeltsin (“He was absolutely in his cups. He was embarrassing,” Stahl said.)

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Richard Quest Recalls Dad’s Spot-On Career Advice

CNN’s coverage of the Malaysian airliner disappearance has once again thrust Richard Quest to the fore. Quest divides his time between New York and London, but for a recent interview with youthful Malaysian writer Kenneth Chaw, the location was Kuala Lumpur, where the CNN vet logged the latest episode of monthly series Business Traveller.

Chaw notes that Quest, ever the consummate broadcast journalist, had a key piece of advice for his interviewer right off the bat. Quest also shared this great memory:

Quest’s illustrious career in journalism got its start in law. “I had to have a career if it all went horribly wrong. My late father told me to get a decent job. He always said, ‘If you’re a journalist, you would have the best dinner party stories and the smallest car parked outside.’ And he was right,” said Quest, who read law in the University of Leeds and was called to the Bar.

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Meet the NYC Journalist with a Byline That’s Hard to Beat

In Variety slanguage,” the term “legit” refers to professional live theater. However, given the questionable credentials of many of today’s entertainment journalists, Gordon Cox‘s byline – each time we see it at least – conjures up a second, comical meaning.

GordonCoxBylineCox’s latest item is about the delayed search for New York City’s next film czar. And right there, at the top of the page, it says once again that the article is by ‘Gordon Cox, Legit Editor.’

Imagine the possibilities if the Cox-slanguage byline was carried through to other non-theatrical online realms. All of a sudden, we could be browsing through articles by John Doe, Semi-Legit Blogger and Jane Doe, Anything-But-Legit Gossip Columnist.

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Capital New York Journo: If You’re Good at Your Job, People Quickly Forget About the Hijab

Richard Tedesco, a reporter with Long Island weekly newspaper the New Hyde Park Herald Courier, recently spoke with local resident turned Capital New York reporter Johana Bhuiyan. His article delivers fascinating info about her early aspirations to be a journalist, her current rotating shifts for the Web publication and more.

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Bhuiyan grew up in Long Island with three older brothers. Her father, Abdul Aziz Bhuiyan, is currently president of the Hillside Islamic Center and she told Tedesco that although some people are sometimes a little surprised when they first see her traditional Muslim head scarf, the acceptance otherwise has been stellar:

“I’ve definitely seen my share of first glances, people seeing a girl in a head scarf,” she said. “I haven’t experienced anything negative from wearing a head scarf or being a Muslim. If you’re good at your job all that fades away.”

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