Irwin Smallwood

  • Feb. 3, 1926: Born in Middlesboro, KY.
  • 1940: Moved to Greensboro when in 9th grade. Graduated Greensboro Senior High School (now Grimsley)
  • Jun. 6, 1944: at 18, after hearing that Allied troops had landed in France, Smallwood called the Daily News, setting into motion the production of a Greensboro Daily News extra.
  • Jul. 1947: Begins work at News & Record in Sports department.
  • 1957: Helped organize and became president of the Carolinas Golf Wirters Association.
  • 1959: Named North Carolina Sportswriter of the Year.
  • 1962-1964: Three years in a row, won first prize in the News Division of the Brunswick-McGregor Newspaper Writing Competition, sponsored by the Golf Writers Association of America.
  • 1965: Named North Carolina sports writer of the year; President of Atlantic Coast Sportswriter Association.
  • 1965: Moved to the newsroom as city editor.
  • 1966: Appointed assistant managing editor of the Daily News.
  • 1966: Won NC Press Association first place for spot reporting in sports.
  • 1969: Named president of the North Carolina Associated Press News Council.
  • 1971 - 1973: President of the Southern Conference of the United Church of Christ Inc.
  • 1980: The Daily News and Greensboro Record merged and he became deputy executive editor.
  • 1981: Becomes deputy executive editor (of both papers – Greensboro Daily News and The Greensboro Record)
  • 1982: Elected to the board of directors of the office of communication of the United Church of Christ.
  • 1983: Returned to the Sports Dept as executive sports editor
  • 1987: Won 1st place, NC Press Association award for spot sports reporting.
  • 1988: Served as chairman of the GGO’s 50th anniversary.
  • Mar. 1, 1989: Retired after 42 years at the News & Record.
  • Oct. 1989: Received the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce’s Edward R. Murrow award.
  • 1990: Named to North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame.
  • 1991: Elected to Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame for writing.

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