Shelton's Ehalt wins McGinley Award

Bob Ehalt, whose award-winning career in sports journalism is now in its fourth decade, has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the Art McGinley Award by the Connecticut Sports Writers’ Alliance.

The award, which honors a current or former member of the Connecticut Sports Writers’ Alliance for his meritorious service to the organization, will be presented at the 72nd Gold Key Dinner on Sunday, April 28 at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington.

Ehalt, a past president of the CSWA and currently vice president of the organization, has spent more than 30 years working for Connecticut daily newspapers, including the last five years as a member of the sports department at the New Haven Register.

He began his career in 1978 as a sports writer at The Hour newspaper in Norwalk, before joining the Stamford Advocate in 1984. He spent the next 23 years there as a sports writer and assistant sports editor while covering college basketball, the New York Jets and horse racing. He moved on to the Register in 2008.

In addition, Ehalt currently works as a horse racing correspondent for and America’s Best Racing, and earlier spent two years working as the online editor for the Daily Racing Form.

During his career, Ehalt has received five ‘Top 5’ awards in the national Associated Press Sports Editor writing competition. In addition, his blog at received the inaugural Breeders’ Cup Award for Outstanding Social Media in 2009, while two years later he earned honorable mention in the 2011 Eclipse Awards for commentary/features writing.

A native of Queens Village, N.Y., and a graduate of Fordham University, where he served as an editor of the student newspaper, The Ram, Ehalt now lives in Shelton with his wife Carylanne and their sons Matt, Tim and Jeff.

The Connecticut Sports Writers’ Alliance will be presenting 2013 Gold Keys to former NBA player Mike Gminski, E.O. Smith boys soccer coach John Blomstrann, UConn field hockey coach Nancy Stevens, Staples cross country and track coach John “Laddie” Lawrence and former New Haven College basketball star Gary Liberatore.

Other CSWA award winners previously announced are: Tina Charles of the Connecticut Sun, who will receive the Hank O’Donnell Female Athlete of the Year Award; former Hamden resident Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings, the Bill Lee Male Athlete of the Year Award recipient; Ansonia running back Arkeel Newsome and three-sport standout Casey Pearsall of Wilton, who are the Hal Levy High School Athletes of the Year; Suffield boys soccer coach Mark Beigel and Northwest Catholic girls soccer coach Todd Sadler, this year’s Doc McInerney High School Coaches of the Year; and Karen Newman of Old Greenwich, who will receive the Bob Casey Courage Award.

Tickets to the 2013 Gold Key Dinner, which begins at 4 p.m., can be purchased by contacting either CSWA President George Albano of The (Norwalk) Hour at 203-434-2320 or Vice President and Dinner Chairman Bob Ehalt of The New Haven Register at