Press of Atlantic City staff writer David Weinberg was named the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association's New Jersey Sportswriter of the Year this week.

Weinberg, 54, has worked for The Press for more than 27 years and recently completed his 20th year as the Press' beat writer for the Philadelphia Eagles. In addition, the Lower Cape May Regional High School and Appalachian State University (N.C.) graduate is the paper's boxing and mixed martial arts writer and contributes to its high school sports coverage.

Some of the top stories he worked on in 2012 included the Eagles' disappointing season that led to the firing of coach Andy Reid, two world championship boxing matches at Boardwalk Hall, the return of the UFC to Atlantic City after a seven-year absence and local golfer Joanna Coe's transition from college to the professional ranks.

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This is the third time Weinberg has won the award from the NSSA, an 800-member organization based in Salisbury, N.C.

Press high school writer Michael McGarry won the award in 2010.

The awards ceremony will be held in Salisbury on June 6-8, where the Lower Township resident will be honored along with N.J. Sportscaster of the Year Matt Harmon, of Shore Sports Network in Bayville.

The NSSA also will recognize Sports Illustrated's Peter King as National Sportswriter of the Year and Dan Patrick as National Sportscaster of the Year. Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press and ESPN's Dick Vitale will be inducted into the NSSA Hall of Fame.

"It's a great feeling to be recognized by an organization that honors writers and sportscasters on both the state and national levels," Weinberg said.

"And to win an award that's selected by your peers is even more special."


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