As a young sportswriter Edward Hershey covered a fading Mickey Mantle and emerging Tom Seaver, brash Joe Namath and cerebral Bill Bradley, enigmatic Pancho Gonzales and introspective Arthur Ashe. Switching to news, he won awards for coverage of a deadly bus accident and exposure of an election campaign scam and was ahead of the pack on the notorious “Son of Sam” case, the Attica prison revolt, and other major stories.
Hershey spent six eventful years as spokesman for New York City jails when they were under a federal court order to reform, coping with escapes, suicides, violence and the impact of AIDS. Then he went on to direct communication units at six colleges and universities including Colby, Reed and Cornell, where he built a PR agency with 30 writers, editors and designers. Along the way, he initiated a successful union drive, taught at two universities, orchestrated the survival of a Shakespearean theater, wrote a country antiques column, was elected a city alderman, and announced college basketball games.
For 40 years, Hershey has served on the George Polk Awards committee, honoring the best and brightest in journalism. He and his wife, Leah, a hand weaver and retired college administrator, live in Portland, Oregon, where he was spokesman for the state’s largest union, chaired the City Club’s weekly forum, served on the Independent Police Review Board and is on the board of the Storytellers Guild. “The Scorekeeper,” his third book, has been very well received – https://www.longislandpress.com/2017/01/24/glory-days-of-covering-sports-stars-and-criminals-get-their-due-in-edward-hersheys-memoir/ .