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Alum, adjunct professor inducted into TSWA Hall of Fame

Communication adjunct professor Mark McGee was inducted into the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Hall of Fame in November. 

Logan Butts  | 

Mark McGee (Right) and Willie Steele

Mark McGee (Right) and English professor Willie Steele at the Baseball Hall of Fame

After a 40-plus year career in the field of journalism, Lipscomb School of Communication adjunct professor Mark McGee (’79, ’17) was inducted into the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Hall of Fame in November. 

McGee was one of three members of the association’s latest class alongside Chris Dortch and Dan Fleser.  

Following his graduation from Lipscomb, McGee began work for the Nashville Banner. While there, he covered Vanderbilt, Tennessee, the Nashville Sounds, and the city colleges, which included Lipscomb, until his departure in 1994. 

After his time at the Banner, McGee covered the Nashville Predators, the Tennessee Titans, and the Nashville Kats for a number of local publications, including the Nashville City Paper, Sports Nashville, Nashville Sports Weekly, and Titans Exclusive

In 1994, McGee became the editor of his hometown paper the Shelbyville Times-Gazette where he served in the role until 2003 when he returned to Lipscomb to take on the director of media relations role in the Lipscomb athletics department. McGee worked for Lipscomb athletics for the next 14 years. 

During his career, McGee has earned several accolades. In 1992, McGee was a Knight Center Fellow in The Business of Sports at the University of Maryland. Earlier this year, McGee presented at the Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture for the third time. He has also placed nationally for CoSIDA awards on a pair of occasions. 

Today, the two-time Lipscomb graduate works as the executive director of the United Way of Bedford County.