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Stephen M. DiMeglio receives 2010 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award

Stephen M. DiMeglio, chief golf writer for USA Today, received the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from Minnesota State University, Mankato last week.

2010-04-29
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office news release [4/28/2010]

Stephen M. DiMeglio, chief golf writer for USA Today, received the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from Minnesota State University, Mankato last week.

DiMeglio, of McLean, Va., is one of 12 alumni who were named 2010 award winners. He was honored at an April 23 dinner and ceremony hosted by the Minnesota State Mankato Alumni Association.

The Alumni Achievement Award goes to graduates who have achieved high rank or honor in their professions, have made a major impact on their communities, and have accumulated accomplishments throughout their careers.

DiMeglio has been a journalist since his days at Mankato West High School, where he was a writer, sports editor and co-editor of the school newspaper. He joined his father, John, on road trips to gather research on baseball greats such as Ted Williams, Al Kaline and Phil Rizzuto.

DiMeglio enrolled at Minnesota State Mankato and worked at the student newspaper, the Reporter. After graduating, he co-wrote 15 sports-based children’s books, then became a sports and a special projects reporter for the Desert Sun in Palm Springs, Calif.

Gannett News Service named him a Capitol Hill political correspondent. After that he joined Gannett’s USA Today’s Baseball Weekly, and then became primary golf writer for USA Today, covering all major golf tournaments and appearing regularly on the Golf Channel.

He has interviewed many prominent athletes, politicians and personalities including Tiger Woods, Henry Aaron, Larry Bird, Jack Nicklaus, Reggie Jackson, Arnold Palmer, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Jane Fonda, Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra, and his stories have won numerous journalism awards.

Those who want more information about the Minnesota State Mankato awards may go to www.mnsu.edu/alumni/daa/.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive, doctoral university with 14,950 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 institutions across the state.

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