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...

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.