Emmy-winning essayist and Turner Sports reporter Jim Huber died Monday (1/2) in Atlanta. He was 67 and was recently diagnosed with acute leukemia.
Huber was known for thoughtful pieces about sports figures that made them seem more real to viewers.
“The Turner Broadcasting family suffered a great loss and we are saddened by the passing of our colleague and friend, Jim Huber. A terrific Emmy Award winning journalist and essayist, Jim made so many contributions during his more than 27 years with our company. He was a gentleman and wonderful individual and will be deeply missed. We send our condolences to his wife, Carol, and son, Matt,” said David Levy, president of sales, distribution and sports, Turner Broadcasting System Inc.
Huber served as an anchor and reporter for CNN/Sports Illustrated in the late 1990s and also hosted sports programs on CNN. Huber moved over to Turner Sports full-time in 2000, relinquishing his duties at CNN/Sports Illustrated. His expanded role as an announcer included both the NBA and professional golf. Prior to his TV career Huber had been a print journalist.
Over the course of his long sports career Huber won numerous awards, including an Emmy for his writing of an “Olympic Park Bombing” essay on the bombing at Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park during the 1996 Olympics.