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ABOUT SCOTT PITONIAK
A native of Rome, N.Y. and a magna cum laude graduate of Syracuse University, Scott Pitoniak has been telling stories about people and the games they play for four decades. He has spent 42 years in the newspaper business, including 25 as a reporter, feature writer and sports columnist for the Rochester, N.Y. Democrat and Chronicle, and has written 18 books and hundreds of magazine articles. Along the way, he has covered Olympics, Super Bowls, World Series, NCAA basketball tournaments, Stanley Cup playoffs and major golf tournaments.
The most decorated sportswriter in Rochester newspaper history, Scott has received more than 100 national and regional journalism honors. His work, which often deals with the human side of sports, has been cited in The Best American Sportswriting anthology. Scott was inducted into Rochester's Frontier Field Walk of Fame in 1999, SU's Newhouse School of Public Communications Gallery of Fame in 2000, the Rome Sports Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Rochester Red Wings Hall of Fame in 2013. He also was selected as a torchbearer for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games and was named one of the nation's top columnists by The Associated Press on three occasions.
Scott has published 10 books in the past four years - including Buffalo Bills Football Vault: The First 50 Seasons; Color Him Orange: The Jim Boeheim Story; Johnny Antonelli: A Baseball Memoir; The Hall: A Celebration of Baseball's Greats, and Juke Box Hero: My 50 Years in Rock 'n' Roll, a collaboration with Lou Gramm, the former lead singer and co-songwriter of the mega-hit group Foreigner.
Scott writes columns for the Rochester Business Journal (rbj.net), his website (scottpitoniak.com), Buffalo Bills Digest and Rochesterhomepage.net, and does on-air work for CBS affiliate, WROC TV-8. He is a regular contributor to the Baseball Hall of Fame's bi-monthly magazine, Memories and Dreams, serves as the AFC East correspondent for USA Today SportsWeekly and the SportsXchange wire service, and co-hosts a daily sports talk show on ESPN's Rochester affiliates (95.7 FM, AM 990 and www.espnrochester.) A frequent radio and television guest, locally and nationally, Scott was interviewed extensively for two documentaries - ESPN's Sports Century profile of Maurice Stokes and Orange Glory: The 20 Greatest Moments in Syracuse Basketball History.
Scott is passionate about giving back to his community. Through the years, he has mentored scores of students, taught journalism at the college level and been heavily involved in several charities and community service organizations. He is past president and current board member of the Rochester Press-Radio Club, which has raised and donated more than $800,000 to local children's charities in the past 15 years.
He also is in demand as a public speaker.
His varied interests include everything from playing 19th Century Base Ball at the Genesee Country Village and Museum in Mumford, N.Y., to making a fool of himself as an aspiring thespian at Rochester's Geva Theatre Center's curtain call fundraiser. His most cherished moments are spent with his wife - Beth Adams - his grown children, Amy and Christopher, his granddaughter, Camryn Marie, and their energetic family cat, Sassy.