July 27, 2011
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Steve Grinczel, an award-winning journalist who covered Michigan State Athletics for more than 20 years with Booth Newspapers, will begin writing exclusive content for msuspartans.com starting with the 2011 Big Ten Kickoff July 28-29 in Chicago.
Grinczel will produce various content on the official web site for Spartan Athletics on a weekly basis, including a column after football games, features, game previews and more.
"We're extremely excited about adding Steve to enhance our web site coverage on Michigan State Athletics," MSU Associate AD/Communications John Lewandowski said. "With the growing media climate, our fans expect and deserve wide-ranging content on our student-athletes and coaches. It would be hard to find a more respected and experienced writer on Michigan State than Steve. He has a following among Spartan fans and has developed a great relationship with our coaches and administrators over the years through his hard work and integrity. With his background covering MSU, he'll be able to provide a unique perspective for our web site."
Grinczel began covering Michigan State Athletics in 1986, and has attended nearly all of MSU's top moments since, including the 1988 Rose Bowl and six Final Fours. He won a United States Basketball Writing Association (USBWA) Award for "spot news" for his coverage during Michigan State's national title run in men's basketball in 2000. Grinczel served as the Michigan State beat writer for the Booth Newspaper chain, which includes the Bay City Times, Flint Journal, Grand Rapids Press, Jackson Citizen Patriot, Kalamazoo Gazette, Muskegon Chronicle, and Saginaw News, as well as MLive.com.
"I'm really looking forward to getting back into the game," Grinczel said.
He spent 10 years as the Big Ten football and basketball correspondent for Sports Illustrated. Grinczel previously served as a Heisman Trophy voter and on the USBWA Board. Grinczel also has covered four Olympics, 14 Final Fours, two Super Bowls and two MLB All-Star Games. In addition, he was part of a three-reporter team that won the top Michigan Associated Press Award for investigative reporting in 1980.
Grinczel recently co-authored his third book, which entails the history of high school track and field in Grand Rapids, Mich. His other two books are: Michigan State Football - They are Spartans; and Gregory Kelser's Tales of Michigan State Basketball.