JOHN BRENNAN has covered NJ/NY sports biz/gaming/Meadowlands since 2002 & was 2008 Pulitzer Prize Finalist. At The Record since 1983. part of USA Today Network.

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Biography

John Brennan has been covering sports business — with a focus on the Meadowlands Sports Complex — since 2002 and has been a reporter for The Record since 1983. He also covers New Jersey's trendsetting efforts to expand gambling options, including online gaming (they did) and sports betting (still...

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Aug 23, 2017

can confirm; was highly respected in Trenton statehouse. had courage of his convictions and was open-minded. big loss for AC https://t.co/JbWnJpwkBe

Aug 23, 2017

William Hill opens futures wagering on the Nov. 4 Breeders' Cup race: Gun Runner 6/5. Arrogate 9/5. Collected 7/2. next is 14-1

Aug 22, 2017

Army-Navy FB game back to Meadowlands in 2021 - & how Roger Staubach helped make it happen  http://ow.ly/aKju30eBLVW  #sportsbiz https://t.co/7PSIex5Hlw

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What was your first job as a journalist?

cannon fodder - taking HS basketball and wrestling results over the phone for 4 hrs a night, 5 nights a week

Have you ever used a typewriter?

I graduated from college still using a typewriter, was relieved at my internship that the newfangled computer had a QWERTY keyboard at least,

Who's your favorite fictional journalist?

Lou Grant

Awards

Pulitzer Prize

2008 - Local Reporting, FINALIST
For their probe of how plans to build a luxury community atop old landfills became entangled in questionable state loans and other allegations of favoritism.

Society of Environmental Journalists Award

2008 - Kevin Carmody Award For Outstanding Investigative Reporting, Print
When New Jersey politicians promised to create a sleek, new wonderland of upscale development out of a long-neglected urban wasteland, the staff of The Record in Bergen County began digging. The result was a series of investigative stories that exposed how the EnCap project was an enormous tangle of political favors, giveaways, and secret, taxpayer-backed subsidies for a catastrophically risky venture. The promised cleanup of old landfills never happened; in fact, almost 2.5 million cubic yards of contaminated material were dumped to create the project's base. "Instead of cleaning up the dumps," The Record reported, "EnCap re-created them." Led by senior writers Jeff Pillets and John Brennan, The Record demonstrated the power of relentless and fearless journalism.