“That Damn Dan” Wins National Journalism Award

Dan Kane
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.


Dan Kane Wins 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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