“That Damn Dan” Wins National Journalism Award

Dan Kane
BobLee
September16/ 2015

Congrats to “That Damn” Dan Kane for this national recognition. ….. “He was subject to violent threats from UNC fans and a variety of multimedia smear campaigns. I wonder if the self-righteous nabobs at the UNC’s J-School have ever discussed this aspect of TGU ???   I’m going out on a limb and betting “not”.

We have met Dan on several occasions and consider him a friend and, yes, he is a frequent reader of this website.

Dan is, of course, NOT the only individual who…. was / is subject to violent threats from UNC fans and a variety of multimedia smear campaigns.   “Mary” still deals with both threats and an on-going smear campaign on almost a daily basis as well as “Jay The Faculty Dissident”.   Several members of The UNC BOT too …. and, of course Holden Thorp and His Family were formally “threatened” requiring armed security at their home for several months. …. Hark Those Sounds!

In several documented cases, the violent threats were NOT from deranged “Walmart fans” but rather from “deranged UNC alumni” including in one case “a lawyer”.

Were “violent threats” part of the Jimmy V Scandal 25+ years ago?  I honestly don’t know.  If anyone does recall such, please fill us in.

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Dan Kane Wins Courage In Journalism Award

http://journalism.unr.edu/events/mcculloch-courage-in-journalism-award/

Dan Kane, an investigative journalist at The News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C. is the 2015 recipient of the McCulloch Courage in Journalism Award.

Kane is being honored for his work in uncovering the academic fraud scandal involving the athletics program at the University of Dan KaneNorth Carolina at Chapel Hill. His reporting exposed a pattern in which athletes were directed to questionable or nonexistent classes. He was subject to violent threats from UNC fans and a variety of multimedia smear campaigns.

Kane will travel to Reno to receive the award in a University of Nevada, Reno campus ceremony at noon on Oct. 12 in the Wells Fargo Auditorium located on the first floor of the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center. He will also discuss his work at a Center for Advanced Media Studies lecture at 4 p.m. in the Joe Crowley Student Union Theater on the third floor of the building. Both events are free and open to the public.

Kane, 54, has been a staff writer with The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. since 1997. He covered city hall, higher education and state government beats before joining the investigations team in 2009. His 2010 series that opened up North Carolina’s personnel law won the Associated Press Managing Editors’ top award for First Amendment reporting and the Joseph L. Brechner Freedom of Information Award. Last year, The Chronicle of Higher Education named him one of the 10 most influential people in higher education for his reporting on the UNC scandal. Kane grew up on a small dairy farm in Upstate New York and is a graduate of St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y. He lives with his wife, Janet, and their son, Jack, in Durham, N.C.

About the Award:

The Frank McCulloch Courage in Journalism Award, established by and named for the distinguished foreign correspondent and newspaper executive who graduated from the Reynolds School in 1941, was first presented in 2011. It was created by McCulloch to honor courageous journalists, who did their work in the face of great risk or pressure.

 

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So is Mr. Kane the only competent “reporter” at the N&O? How come he gets a pass when the rag as a whole is not worth using as a fire starter? Would the McClatchy’s set him loose to do some “investigative reporting” on Billy Barber or others of liberal/dem persuasion?

Courageous maybe; sensationalist definitely.

JovialMuse
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JovialMuse

“Were “violent threats” part of the Jimmy V Scandal 25+ years ago? I honestly don’t know. If anyone does recall such, please fill us in.” Here’s an article from back in 2013 with some comments from Peter Golenback, whom I presume needs no formal introduction to most older wuffies: “What I learned from that was that big money had corrupted college sports entirely,” Golenbock said. “There were two groups of people who listened to the book’s message – the people in power, who did everything to discredit me. I got death threats. The others were the educators who were grateful… Read more »

Cabcash
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Cabcash

Threats to the UNC BOT? Do tell. I thought that august chamber was stocked like a trout pond with Barbara Rosser-Hydes…or Hyde-Rossers , I can never remember which. Tutors and parents of college athletes who share felon-supplied rental cars with PJ Hairston have been threatened too. Jus’ sayin.’

Charlotte Wuffie
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Charlotte Wuffie

Would the Rams Club have any extra seats left for the charter flight to Reno?

Niceun
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Niceun

Dan Rather won awards too but it was later found out that he was pretty good at making up stories and sensationalism.

unctarheel1984
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unctarheel1984

Well bless his heart.

DownEast Heel
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DownEast Heel

In reference to Dan Kane’s award, is this one of these every kid gets a trophy deals? Or is this Wolf Kennel’s award? 🙂

WildatHeart
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WildatHeart

Coincidence that this award is being given at the University of Nevada whose mascot is the Wolf Pack? I think not.

SWVA UNCer
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SWVA UNCer

Quite frankly, I think he deserves the award. Sorry I’m not the “loyal alumni” I should be. I do love the school for its academic prowess; I just don’t like the underhanded tricks the Rams’ Club and athletic departments has pulled over the years while fighting to be the Texas of the ACC in football, and to top Dook in basketball.

I assume that now we’ll just wait for the “rest of the story”?

Wuf
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Wuf

Taliban and Mexican drug cartels….what???? This one went off the rails right off the mark. Not unexpected given the subject matter (ie, Mr. Kane ain’t the most unifying presence betwixt the local fan bases).

But holy cow, I didn’t see it going in THAT direction.

Domestic terrorism hyperbole for the win.

Jimmy
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Jimmy

Maybe Dan Kane and Bruce “Katelyn” jenner should hang out(if either have enough to hang)since they’re so “courageous….

NCSU68Grad
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NCSU68Grad

Saw this earlier……wondered HOW LONG it would be….before it was a BL Column. You do good work, quickly too (unless you have ADVANCED info). This WILL spread amongst the bottom feeder of Pack Pride. THEY might come up with a stipend and try to convince the English Dept to award an annual scholarship in Dan’s name…..(let’s hope NOT memory). Had NOT heard the comment about “armed security” for Holden. I thought that being “Armed” in Orange County was illegal….save those Durham county felons out of probation while nursing their wounds from the DPD’s Racial abuse…. Your reference to Charles Kuralt’s… Read more »

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porcophile

Giving Kane this award puts the knuckle-walkers who threatened him in a category that includes the Taliban and Mexican drug cartels:
“Past McCulloch honorees include David Rohde of Reuters, then of the New York Times, who escaped captivity of the Taliban in Afghanistan [and] Adela Navarro Bello, a Tijuana editor whose Zeta newspaper reported aggressively on drug cartels even as several staff members were murdered.”