As a Pearl Washington-worshipping sixth-grader at Syracuse’s St. Ann’s Elementary, Jeff D’Alessio announced to his classmates that he planned to one day “be editor of a national sports magazine.” And 27 years later, he was.
In-between that Sister Helen-assigned vocation project and his becoming editor-in-chief of 126-year-old Sporting News: college sportswriting assignments at The Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail and Champaign (Ill.) News-Gazette, and sports editor jobs at Florida Today and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. At all four stops, his work was recognized among the nation’s best by The Associated Press Sports Editors.
At Sporting News, Jeff reinvented a 122-year-old magazine during its transition to a bi-weekly and dreamed up the content plan for Sporting News Today, a first-of-its-kind digital sports daily.
In 2009, he was named Alumnus of the Year by St. Bonaventure University’s Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication.