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The Maui News’ Collias named Hawaii Sportswriter of the Year

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The Maui News

Sportswriter Robert Collias, a 30-year veteran of The Maui News, has been named Hawaii Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sports Media Association.

Collias, a first-time winner, was chosen in a vote of his peers across the state, making him the second Maui sportswriter to earn the honor after T.V. Mott, who won the award in 2008 and 2009 with the Maui Weekly.

“I would just like to say that I’m totally humbled and very, very honored to win this,” Collias said Thursday when the winners were announced. “I’ve had it in mind for a long time, I’m not gonna lie, but when I think about all the help I’ve gotten over the years from Wayne Tanaka, who is the godfather of Maui sportswriters, and Rodney Yap, who became my best friend nearly instantly when I got here in 1990, to Brad Sherman, who showed me how to be a great journalist and challenged me . . . and currently Stefanie (Nakasone-Ramsey). I couldn’t do it without her, period.”

Every year, the association recognizes the top sportscaster and sportswriter in each state. Alan Hoshida of KHON2 was named Hawaii Sportscaster of the Year.

Collias has written for The Maui News since 1990. A 1986 graduate of the University of Oregon, he worked as an intern at the Eugene Register-Guard after college before moving across the Pacific to Guam, primarily to cover the 1988 Olympics for the Pacific Daily News, Gannett News Service and several hometown dailies.

Collias, who met his wife Denise in Guam, came to Hawaii to work for the Honolulu Advertiser in 1989. He left to join The Maui News in 1990.

“I’m completely lucky to still be doing what I’m doing, which is a job that I just love,” Collias said. “Totally love it, every single day. From high school football games to getting to talk to the commissioner of the PGA, which I did the other day, one-on-one, or Little League baseball — I love it all. I really do.”

Maui News publisher Chris Minford called Collias “an outstanding reporter.”

“Rob is a true journalist and a consummate pro, whether covering Little League, high school or professional/amateur sports and athletes,” Minford said Friday. “Maui County is fortunate to have such a high-quality writer covering local sports. We are proud to have him on our team. This is a well-deserved award.”

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