About Jim Huber
Jim Huber is a study in mixed mediums, literally. The former hosts of CNN's award-winning "Sporting LIfe with Jim Huber" and "Pro Golf Weekly", now chief essayist and commentator for Turner Sports, has made his way through journalism's entire mountain range.
He spent ten years as a newspaper sportswriter, at the Miami Herald, the Miami News and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution among others, followed by a three-year stop at Atlanta's WGST-AM radio before moving to WXIA-TV (NBC, Atlanta). He was a sportscaster with CNN for 16 years before moving to TNT. Along the way, his work has been rewarded numerous times for its quality and depth. Four Emmy's, four CableAce awards, the Edward R. Murrow award for excellence in writing, and a gold medal at both the New York and Houston Film Festivals grace his shelves. His work these days includes the NBA, the British Open, the PGA Championship, NASCAR, and the PGA Grand Slam of Golf.
While in Miami, he covered the rise of Muhammad Ali and became friends with the Heavyweight Champion while working several of his title fights. While with the Herald, Huber lost a coin flip and was assigned to the New York Jets' Super Bowl camp in 1969 and became close with Joe Namath. It was Huber who quoted Namath as "guaranteeing victory" in Super Bowl III and that newspaper clipping resides today in Canton, OH, at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Ali and Namath are just two of the dozens of remarkable athletes who have crossed Huber's path over the decades. From Henry Aaron in baseball to Gordie Howe and Wayne Gretzky in hockey, to Bob Cousy and Michael Jordan in basketball to Pete Sampras and Martina Navritalova in tennis, to Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods in golf, he has spent hours in their company and has grown to a first-name basis with all.
He is the author of a highly-acclaimed book entitled, "A Thousand Goodbyes", the story of his father's dying days, published by Thomas Nelson Publishers of Nashville, Tenn. His latest, the story of Tom Watson's remarkable British Open of 2009, is due out shortly, published by St. Martin's Press.
But while his strength is his pen, his paint brush offers yet another side of his talents. His water color and pen-and-ink paintings hang in galleries and in private homes around the world.
He has been married to Carol since 1964 and they reside in Alpharetta, Ga., not far from where their only son Matthew lives with his wife and two children.