Advocate veteran receives Fred Hartman sportswriting award
June 17, 2017 at 9:51 p.m.
RUIDOSO, N.M. - Mike Forman, a veteran sports writer and columnist at the Victoria Advocate, received the Fred Hartman Excellence in Sports Writing Award.
Forman was honored during a luncheon at the Texas Press Association's Summer Leadership Retreat at the Inn of the Mountain Gods on Saturday.
"I am very honored to receive this award," Forman said. "I want to thank the Texas Press Association. Winning awards is not an individual accomplishment. I couldn't have done it without the support of my family and co-workers, especially sports editor Alexandria Alejandro."
Forman has covered professional, college and high school sports while writing a weekly column during most of his 35 years at the Advocate.
Most recently, he has covered high school football, basketball, track and field, baseball, swimming and the University of Houston-Victoria baseball team.
He has also written stories for Dave Campbell's Texas Football Magazine and Friday Nite Football magazine.
He worked briefly in radio before starting at the Advocate in 1982. He graduated from Hillcrest High School in Dallas. He earned a bachelor's degree from Southern Methodist University and a master's degree from the University of California at Los Angeles.
The award is named in honor of Fred Hartman, the late Texas sports writer and newspaper owner. He began his newspaper career as a sports writer and became editor and publisher of The Baytown Sun, working for Carmage Walls and Southern Newspapers.
Each year, the contest alternates between two fixed circulation breaks: Over 10,000 and under 10,000. This year, the contest was open to journalists currently employed with a Texas newspaper with more than 10,000 in circulation.
Forman was presented with a plaque and $1,000 by Hartman's grandson, Fred Hartman, of Hartman Newspapers in Rosenberg.