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MARK PURDY has been a sports columnist at the San Jose Mercury News since 1984. He previously worked at the Cincinnati Enquirer, Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune. .  Mark has been honored by the Wall Street Journal for writing one of America’s Top 10 sports columns. On multiple occasions, he has been named to the Associated Press Sports Editors annual list of America’s Top 10 Sports Columnists.  He has been a contributing columnist to the Sporting News and has made broadcast appearances on ABC's Nightline, Court TV and ESPN "Outside the Lines." He is also a regular guest on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area’s television shows. A native of Celina, Ohio, Purdy is a 1974 graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. He has covered 11 Olympic Games, more than 25 Super Bowls and World Series and many other high-profile sports events. In the Bay Area, he is known as the columnist who gave the name "McCovey Cove" to the body of water behind rightfield at AT&T Park as a tribute to former Giants' slugger Willie McCovey. In 1989, Mark was a member of the Mercury News staff that received the Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the "World Series earthquake" that struck the area just before Game 3 at Candlestick Park.




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