2008 - SPORTS JOURNALISM
Cecil/Canon-McMillan High School
Byron Smialek began his journalism career in July of 1961, when he
became the sports editor of the Canonsburg Daily Notes. In 1963, he
relocated to Colorado, where he wrote news and sports for the Coloradoan
Newspaper and covered the sports teams at Colorado State University.
Byron returned to Pennsylvania in 1965, taking a job as an assignment
reporter for the Greensburg Tribune-Review. In 1969, at age twenty-six,
he became the sports editor at the Washington Observer-Reporter covering
local high schools, the Washington Generals, and the Pittsburgh Steelers
Super Bowl victories.
During his time as sports editor, the Observer-Reporterís sports section
received national and statewide recognition for excellence in reporting,
writing, design, and layout. Smialek was responsible for starting the
Sports Headliner Award, the Pavella Cup Tournament, and the annual
In 1982, Byron left the sports desk and began writing a general interest
column. As a member of the Observer-Reporter staff, he became the news
editor and columnist/senior writer. He has written over 3,200 general
Byron Smialek continues to remain involved with local sports. He has
been the stadium announcer at Washington and Jefferson football games
for the last ten years and the game announcer for the W and J menís and
womenís basketball teams for the past eight years.