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Mark Purdy

San Jose State University
Journalist and Professor
San Jose
Mark Purdy, a Bay Area journalist, covered 14 Olympic Games and 32 Super Bowls during a newspaper career that spanned five decades. He was a member of the San Jose Mercury News staff that received a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the 1989 Loma Prieta "World Series Earthquake." Purdy was named one of America's Top 10 sports columnists by the Wall Street Journal and on multiple occasions by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He was also responsible for the naming of McCovey Cove outside Oracle Park, the San Francisco Giants' home. Before joining the Mercury News in 1984, Purdy was a reporter or columnist at the Chicago Tribune, Cincinnati Enquirer and Los Angeles Times. He is now an adjunct lecturer at San Jose State University.