Terry Pluto is long-time sports writer for both The Akron Beacon Journal and The Plain Dealer. Along with reporting on sports as a columnist Pluto has also authored twenty-three books and is widely considered one of the greatest sports writers of all time. A native Clevelander, Pluto graduated from Benedictine High School before enrolling at Hiram College. After one year at Hiram Pluto transferred to Cleveland State University, graduating in 1979. During this interview Pluto describes his time as a student at Cleveland State and lends insight into being a sports writer cover professional sports in small-market region. Of note is Pluto's description of his English Professor, Susan Gorski, and the impact that she has had on him professionally as writer. Also of interest is his description what an average day covering a baseball game entails for a writer, the relationships between writers from competing papers, the impact of ESPN on sports coverage, and the differences from a writer's perspective of covering one sport compared to another.


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Wickens, Joe (interviewer)


CSU at 50



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46 minutes

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