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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Jun 27, 2017

when worlds collide: U2 at MetLife Stadium on Wed/Thurs in midst of Meadowlands State Fair nights https://t.co/ZbKm72iHqz https://t.co/YKOTmcj9UW

Jun 27, 2017

yes, that was the call of the year so far. who do you like in the British Open golf next month? asking for a friend  https://twitter.com/WALLACHLEGAL/status/879773351782129664 

Jun 27, 2017

most amusing interview today? NJ state Sen. Lesniak, an avowed progressive who is rooting for a state's rights SCOTUS sports betting ruling https://t.co/uBohKULpIC

Jun 27, 2017

yesterday I explained how the NJ sports betting saga already was full of surprises. now, SCOTUS takes it https://t.co/266AEePdvg https://t.co/zYvvPufYsx

Jun 27, 2017

breaking: US Supreme Court will hear NJ sports betting case & here's my breakdown of what that means https://t.co/9n70Bs6jM1 https://t.co/1CartGxhO3

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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.