Legendary Chicago Tribune writer, former Northwestern player Bill Jauss passes away

Legendary Chicago Tribune writer, former Northwestern player Bill Jauss passes away

The world lost a tremendous pioneering journalist in the Chicago Tribune’s Bill Jauss today. In fact the entire sports media landscape as we know it today is in part due to a lot of the projects that the Hall of Fame writer was a part of. Jauss was presented a Ring Lardner award for his contributions to the print industry last May

From the Chicago Tribune:

Jauss, who spent 50 years as a sportswriter, died Wednesday. He was 81.

Born Feb. 8, 1931, Jauss retired from the Chicago Tribune in 2005 after 37 years with Tribune Company.

A popular yet decidedly unpretentious professional, Jauss would gain even greater notoriety as a member of the “Sportswriters On TV” panel that he shared with fellow irascible cigar-smoking characters Bill Gleason, Rick Telander and host Ben Bentley…”The Sportswriters on TV” show, which evolved from the Sportswriters Show on WGN Radio with a rotating panel, was the predecessor to so many sports-talk shows today on radio and television

“Bill was always upbeat, and he bled purple. And with good reason. He didn’t only cover Northwestern, he played for the Wildcats, lettering in 1951. But mostly I’ll appreciate how he blazed the trail for sportswriters to appear on television. Now it’s common. When he started doing it, sportswriters would not have dreamed of applying makeup and mugging for the cameras,” said current Chicago Tribune Northwestern beat writer and Chicago Tribune Live/BTN regular Teddy Greenstein.

Jauss lived on the Evanston/Wilmette border, very close to Northwestern’s Ryan Field. Despite Jauss’ success, he was always very down to earth with everyone he met and often got his family involved.

“I think I first met Bill in the spring of 2003 in Crestwood covering the state baseball teammate, and I remember being very nervous around him because of what he had accomplished in the field. But when we started talking towards the end of the day, he was just the nicest guy you’d ever meet. And I always admired him for how he carried himself. I always remember how he took his wife with him to assignments, to high school games and wave to her from the press box,” stated Tina Akouris, reporter at Sun-Times media.

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