The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson on Tuesday was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sports Media Association. It was his first time winning the award.
Jackson, a University of Miami graduate, has been one of the well-known names among sportswriters for some time now. He has worked at the Miami Herald since his senior year at Miami Beach High in1986 and has covered all the major sports South Florida has to offer. He has been writing his Florida Sports Buzz column, a one-stop-shop for South Florida sports news, since 2002. In 2017 alone, Jackson wrote more than 700 stories on the Dolphins, Hurricanes, Heat and Marlins and had several national exclusives on the Marlins sale to Derek Jeter and Co. and the aftermath that followed.
Jackson recently finished a five-part exclusive series earlier this month that took an in-depth look at Jeter’s business and baseball plan known as Project Wolverine, which was a confidential document given to potential investors. It projected that the Marlins will make a hefty profit in 2018 and beyond, along with increased attendance despite the slashing of roster payroll and talent.
In addition to Jackson, Miami Heat TV announcer Eric Reid was named the Florida Sportscaster of the Year.