Joe Morelli is named state sportswriter of the year


Joe Morelli of Hearst Connecticut Media was selected as the Connecticut Sportswriter of the Year for 2020 by the National Sports Media Association.


Morelli, respected for his coverage of high school sports and the state golf scene, has been with the New Haven Register since 1997. Morelli is an integral part of Hearst Connecticut’s high school sports website GameTimeCT.com.


“Joe cares deeply about high school sports coverage,” Hearst Connecticut Sports Editor Sean Barker said. “He appreciates and respects the legacy of high school sports coverage in Connecticut. His stories and coverage speak for themselves. He is a tireless worker who wants the very best coverage for student-athletes.”


Read more from the New Haven Register, part of the family of Hearst Connecticut’s daily and weekly newspapers in Connecticut.


National Sports Media Association

Connecticut Sportswriter of the Year

Year Sportwriter

2019 Dave Borges, Hearst Connecticut Media, New Haven

2018 Dom Amore, Hartford Courant

2017 Paul Doyle, Hartford Courant

2016 Paul Doyle, Hartford Courant

2015 Dom Amore, Hartford Courant

2014 Jeff Jacobs, Hartford Courant

2013 Dom Amore, Hartford Courant

2012 Dom Amore, Hartford Courant

2011 Dom Amore, Hartford Courant

2010 Jeff Jacobs, Hartford Courant

2009 Jeff Jacobs, Hartford Courant

2008 Mike DiMauro, The Day, New London

2007 Mike DiMauro, The Day, New London

2006 Mike DiMauro, The Day, New London

2005 Jeff Jacobs, Hartford Courant

2004 Jeff Jacobs, Hartford Courant

2003 Jeff Jacobs, Hartford Courant

2002 Mike DiMauro, The Day, New London

2001 Jeff Jacobs, Hartford Courant

2000 Greg Garber, Hartford Courant

1999 Jeff Jacobs, Hartford Courant

1998 Owen Canfield, Hartford Courant

1997 Greg Garber, Hartford Courant

1996 Jeff Jacobs, Hartford Courant

1995 Jeff Jacobs, Hartford Courant

1994 Greg Garber, Hartford Courant

1993 Adrian Wojnarowski, Waterbury Republican-American

1992 Greg Garber, Hartford Courant

1991 Greg Garber, Hartford Courant

1990 Owen Canfield, Hartford Courant

1989 Randy Smith, Journal Inquirer, Manchester

1988 Randy Smith, Journal Inquirer, Manchester

1987 Randy Smith, Journal Inquirer, Manchester

1986 Owen Canfield, Hartford Courant

1985 Owen Canfield, Hartford Courant

1984 Randy Smith, Journal Inquirer, Manchester

1983 Jerry Trecker, Hartford Courant

1982 Randy Smith, Journal Inquirer, Manchester

1981 Randy Smith, Journal Inquirer, Manchester

1980 Randy Smith, Journal Inquirer, Manchester

1979 Owen Canfield, Hartford Courant

1978 Owen Canfield, Hartford Courant

1977 Pat Drewry, Waterbury Republican

1976 George Wadley, Journal-Courier, New Haven

1975 Owen Canfield, Hartford Courant

1974 Jon Stein, New Haven Journal-Courier

1973 Bill Lee, Hartford Courant

1972 Don Harrison, Waterbury Republican

1971 Don Harrison, The Republican & American, Waterbury

1970 Bob Casey, New Haven Register

1969 Bill Guthrie, New Haven Journal-Courier

1968 Bill Guthrie, New Haven Journal-Courier

1967 Bill Lee, Hartford Courant

1966 Bill Guthrie, New Haven Journal-Courier

1965 Bill Lee, Hartford Courant

1964 Bill Newell, Hartford Courant

1963 Bob Casey, New Haven Register

1962 Hank O’Donnell, Waterbury American

1961 Arthur McGinley, Hartford Times

1960 Bill Lee, Hartford Courant

1959 Bill Lee, Hartford Courant


Photo courtesy Hearst Connecticut Media; Previous winners courtesy National Sports Media Association

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