1999- JIM PARKER
Ventura County Star Sports Reporter
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Born March 10,1941 Geneva, Illinois

Attended Kankakee Senior High School Kankakee, Illinois

Attended Bradley University Peoria, Illinois

Bachelor of Science, Journalism & Religion, 1964 Varsity Bowling team, three years|
Member Sigma Delta Chi professional journalism fraternity
Served in the United States Air Force, 1965-69 Awarded Air Force Commendation Medal
Military Newspapers
Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, 1966-67 Tachikawa Air Base, Japan, 1967-69

PROFESSIONAL
Peoria Journal Star, Peoria, Illinois—sports reporter, 1963
Illinois State Journal, Springfield, Illinois—copy editor, 1964-65
Santa Barbara New Press, Santa Barbara,
California — sports stringer/reporter, 1966-67
Ventura County Star, Ventura, California — copy
editor, feature writer, news reporter, sports
reporter, sports editor, 1969-present
 



PROFESSIONAL AWARDS
Best Sports Coverage, Second Award —
California Newspaper Publishers Association, 1974 Sportswriter of the Year — Ventura County High School Football Coaches Association, 1974-75
Media Person of the Year — Southern California Professional Golfers Association, Tri Counties Chapter, 1981
Outstanding Sportswriter in Ventura County for High School Sports — Ventura High School, 1983- 84
Distinguished Service Award — Ventura County High School Football Coaches Association, 1994

Career Award — Ventura County High School
Baseball Coaches Association, 1998
Career Award — Ventura County Football Coaches Association, 1998
Career Award — Ventura Downtown Lions Club, 1998 Braven "Bud" Dyer Jr. Media Award — Southern California Interscholastic Football Coaches Association, 1999
Career Award — Ventura County Football Coaches Association, 1999

HONORS
The Ventura County High School AII-Star Baseball game is renamed The Jim Parker Ail-Star Game, 1998 Commendations from United States Representative EIton Gallegly, State Assemblyman Jack O'Connell
and State Senator Brooks Firestone, 1998

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
Represented Ventura County high school athletes on AII-CIF Selection Board, served as board senior member, 1972-1996
 



 

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