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The Washington Post’s Emily Giambalvo wins U.S. Basketball Writers Association’s Jim O’Connell Award


The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has named Washington Post reporter Emily Giambalvo winner of this year’s Jim O’Connell Award for her coverage of University of Maryland men’s basketball.

The award is presented annually in honor of the late Associated Press national college basketball writer to a reporter who demonstrates excellence in beat writing. The board of voters, comprised of Emily’s college basketball journalist peers, recognized Emily for “her professionalism, dedication, accuracy, passion, proficiency and outstanding storytelling on the Maryland basketball beat.”

The U.S. Basketball Writers Association also recognized Emily as a Rising Star nominee, which annually honors a college basketball reporter younger than 30.