- Jim Huber
Jim Huber is a study in mixed mediums, literally. The former host of CNN’s award-winning “Sporting Life with Jim Huber” and “Pro Golf Weekly”, now chief essayist and commentator for Turner Sports, has made his way through journalism’s entire mountain range.
Ten years as a newspaper sportswriter, at the Miami Herald and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution among others, followed by a three-year stop at Atlanta’s WGST-AM radio before moving to WXIA-TV (NBC, Atlanta), he was at CNN for 16 years before moving to TNT. Along the way, his work has been rewarded numerous times for it’s quality and depth. Three national Emmys, four CableAce awards, the Edward R. Murrow award for excellence in writing, and a gold medal at both the New York and Houston Film Festivals grace his shelves. His work these days includes the NBA, the British Open, the PGA Championship, NASCAR, and the PGA Grand Slam of Golf.
While in Miami, he covered the rise of Muhammad Ali and became close friends with the Heavyweight Champion while working several of his title fights. Huber also lost a coin flip and was assigned to the New York Jets Super Bowl camp in 1969 and became close with Joe Namath. It was Huber who quoted Namath as “guaranteeing the victory” in Super Bowl III and that newspaper story resides today in Canton in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Ali and Namath are just two of the dozens of remarkable athletes who have crossed Huber’s path over the decades. From Henry Aaron in baseball to Gordie Howe and Wayne Gretzky in hockey to Bob Cousy and Michael Jordan in basketball to Pete Sampras and Martina Navritalova in tennis, to Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods in golf, he has spent hours in their company and has grown to a first-name basis with all.
He is the author of a highly-acclaimed book entitled “A Thousand Goodbyes”, the story of his father’s dying days, published by Thomas Nelson Publishers of Nashville, Tenn. His first book, “The Babes of Winter”, chronicled the early years of the first NHL team ever to invade the South.
But while his strength is his pen, his paint brush offers yet another side of his talents. His water color and pen-and-ink paintings hang in galleries and in private homes around the world.
1963-65: Ocala Star-Banner, sportswriter
1965-66: Lakeland (Fla.) Ledger, sports editor
1967-70: Miami Herald, Miami News, sportswriter
1970-73: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, sportswriter
1973-77: WGST radio, sportscaster
1977-84: WXIA-TV, sports anchor
1984-2000: CNN, sports anchor, reporter
2000-present: TNT, essayist, commentator
Current free-lance work includes assignments with USA Network and ABC-TV as well as speaking, emceeing engagements worldwide.