Greg Baum Chief Sports Columnist, Associate Editor with The Age
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About the Event
In an outstanding career starting with a suburban newspaper he then joined The Sun a major newspaper in Melbourne becoming a sub- editor at the age of 20 . He ultimately became a full – time sportswriter for that paper , including ghosting a column for former footballer Lou Richards . In 1989 he was offered a job by the Age the Sun’s main rival and has remained there ever since He has received a number of awards for his work including the prestigious Walkley Award in 2008.
He has also contributed along the way to The Guardian, Wisden Cricket Almanack , ABC and several magazines. Throughout his career Baum has attended a phenomenal amount of major sporting events ( four summer Olympics, three Winter Olympics, nearly 40 grand finals , been on two Ashes tours, to two World Cups and two soccer World Cups , to be exact).
Pinpointing exactly which event or sport moment has been the most memorable is a difficult task . He says “ The Olympics feel like a pinnacle in the sense that the whole world seems to be conscious of sport , and therefore sports journalism at the time . If I was to pick out one day , it would be the Cathy Freeman night in Sydney . But I also saw Warne’s ball of the century in 1993 and two drawn grand finals . ... I don’t know where to start and , let alone end !”
He also enjoys the creative aspects , “ I enjoy writing columns because it allows a freedom , even a license , that other parts of journalism mostly do not . The chance to sink my teeth into a decent length feature also is rewarding , but is becoming increasingly rare “
We are indeed privileged to have Greg Baum one of Australia’s best sporting writers coming to share with us some of his stories and experiences from his outstanding career . I am sure many of you have enjoyed his recent writings in the Age following Melbourne’s Grand Final win. He is a wonderful wordsmith !