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Michael Kuhn - a life dedicated to sports journalism

Michael Kuhn has dedicated half a century to sports journalism in Austria and to Sports Media Austria. (Photo: Sports Media Austria)
by Josef Langer, AIPS EC Member, Secretary General Sports Media Austria

VIENNA, October 27, 2017 - For some knights there is no need for a formal accolade from the queen to be seen as one of them. It is enough to dedicate a whole life to a passion. Professor Michael Kuhn did exactly that for almost six decades in the field of sports journalism. For many years he was the chief editor for sports at Austria's largest newspaper "Kronen Zeitung" followed by being chief editor of the daily newspaper with more than three million daily readers. On October 28th, Austrian journalismís own knight, Michael Kuhn - "Michi" turns eighty which is not the only reason that his friends and close ones call him the Doyen of sports journalism.

Born in 1937, he discovered the Second World War in his first steps. His youth was accompanied by the reconstruction of Austria and of course his passion: sports. Already as a teenager he made his first steps in the field of sports journalism. This was the beginning of an outstanding career which lasted for half a century. He is known for his commenting style in alpine skiing and football and was elected president of Sports Media Austria after Pepi Strabl passed away in 1997. He was president until 2014 and still is honorary president of the Austrian National Sport Journalist Association and chairman of the AIPS Ethics Commission. Professor Michael Kuhn won many awards throughout his career and was Treasurer of AIPS for four years and a member of the Executive Committee.

We not only look up to him because of his service to sports journalism but for him as a person. Like a father and a great friend he always looked out for the well-being of others. Truly a professional and a gentleman.

Michael Kuhn will celebrate his 80th birthday at a party in Vienna on 3rd November, where AIPS president Gianni Merlo will be one of 250 distinguished quests. The AIPS family wishes all the best and many more healthy years to Michael Kuhn.

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Michael Kuhn has a celebrated career in sports journalism for half a century. (Photo: Sports Media Austria)

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