John Canzano

John Canzano
John Canzano in 2010
Show The Bald-Faced Truth
Station(s) 102.9-FM and 750AM Portland, Oregon. Syndicated also in Eugene, on Fox Sports Eugene (95.7-FM and 1050-AM) and in Klamath Falls, Oregon on KLAD (93.3-FM).
Time slot 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. PST
Station(s) KGW-TV, Portland, Oregon
Time slot No set timeslot
Style Sports radio
Country United States
Spouse(s) Anna Canzano
Website Canzano's website

John Canzano is an American sports columnist, radio talk show host on Portland's 102.9-FM and 750 AM "The Game". The show is also syndicated in Eugene, Ore. and Klamath Falls, Ore. He is also the lead sports columnist at The Oregonian newspaper in Portland, Oregon and a sports commentator on KGW-TV, Portland's NBC affiliate. He hosts a daily radio show called The Bald-Faced Truth.”

Early life and education

Canzano was born in Medford, Oregon. He grew up in Gilroy, Calif. and graduated from Gilroy High School. He graduated from California State University, Chico, in 1995 with a B.A. in English.[1] While at Chico State, he played baseball.


In his career,[2] Canzano has worked at six daily newspapers including The San Jose Mercury News and The Fresno Bee. He covered University of Notre Dame football and Indiana University basketball as the beat writer during the tenure of coach Bob Knight. He is a former national Major League Baseball writer and national NFL writer at the San Jose Mercury News as well. He has also covered five Olympic Games.

Canzano was hired as lead sports columnist at The Oregonian in 2002.[3] He also appears on KGW-TV, where he offers commentary and analysis on sports. Canzano also hosts a radio show called "The Bald-Faced Truth" on Portland's 750 AM "The Game" and 102.9-FM. The radio show airs weekdays from 12-3 p.m. in the Portland metro area. The show is also syndicated in Eugene, Ore. on Fox Sports Eugene (95.7-FM and 1050-AM) and in Klamath Falls, Ore. on KLAD (93.3-FM and 960-AM).

He worked as the NFL and Major League Baseball columnist at the San Jose Mercury News and is a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America. He holds a Baseball Hall of Fame Vote and is a voter for the Heisman Trophy. Canzano's work has also appeared in GQ magazine and The Sporting News.

Awards and honors


Canzano is a 10-time Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) award winner. He's won APSE awards in four different writing categories (column, investigative reporting, enterprise and projects), with his most recent awards coming in 2017 [4] and 2016 for column writing.[5] In 2008, Canzano was voted America's No. 1 sports columnist among large-circulation newspapers by the APSE.[6] In 2006 and 2007, Canzano finished second in the same category, both times to Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times.[7][8]

Society of Professional Journalists

In 2010 [9] and again in 2015,[10] the Society of Professional Journalists named Canzano the National Sports Columnist of the Year.[11]

National Headliner Award

Canzano was recognized by The Press Club of Atlantic City as national sportswriter of the year in 2004, 2010 and 2014.[12][13] Canzano's investigative work and reporting about Brenda Tracy, the survivor of an alleged gang raped by four college football players, was recognized as the best sports writing in 2014 with a first place in the National Headliner Awards.[14]

Best of the West

In 2013, Canzano won first place in Special Topic Column Writing in the Best of the West contest for his portfolio of columns that included a column on a soldier who died in action in Afghanistan and Canzano's own experience coaching a girls fourth-grade volleyball team with a player who has Down Syndrome.[15]

Associated Press News Executives Council

In 2002, Canzano was named the nation's top investigative sports writer by the Associated Press News Executives Council[16] for his enterprise piece on Carlos Rodriguez,[17] a 21-year-old Dominican basketball star who was masquerading as a 17-year-old high school basketball player.

National Sports Media Association

Canzano is a five-time Oregon Sportswriter of the Year winner (2005, 2006, 2012, 2013, 2014) as named by the National Sports Media Association (NSMA).[18] In 2016, the NSMA named Canzano the "Broadcaster of the Year" for the state of Oregon.[19]

Personal life

In July 2010, Canzano married Anna Song, weekend anchor for Portland television station KOIN.[20] He and his wife have three daughters: Dakota, Graziana and Sojourner.[21]

The Bald Faced Truth Foundation

In 2009, Canzano co-founded The Bald Faced Truth Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization funding extracurricular activities for children.[22]


  1. "Alum Notes". Chico Statements (alumni magazine, online edition). California State University, Chico. Fall 2004. Retrieved November 28, 2012.
  2., Canzano biography
  3. "Writer from San Jose to join The Oregonian" (November 16, 2002). The Oregonian, Staff Reports, p. D2.
  6. "APSE's best writing of 2008". Associated Press Sports Editors. April 1, 2009. Retrieved November 10, 2013.
  9. "The Oregonian," May 3, 2010
  11. The Detroit Free Press, April 2, 2009, p. B2
  12. The Oregonian, Staff Reports, April 14, 2015
  13. "2004 National Headliner Award Winners, Print Division". National Headliner Awards/Press Club of Atlantic City. Retrieved November 28, 2012.
  14. "National Headliner Award Winners". National Headliner Awards/Press Club of Atlantic City. Retrieved April 14, 2015.
  15. "2013 Contest Results". Best of the West: Journalism contest and grants program. First Amendment Funding, Inc. Retrieved November 10, 2013.
  16. The Fresno Bee, Staff Reports, June 30, 2002, p. B1
  17. The Fresno Bee, Staff Reports, June 3, 2001, p. A1
  20. Editorial staff (August 4, 2010). "More Engaged Than Bristol And Levi". Willamette Week ("Murmurs" column). Archived from the original on August 11, 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-12.
  22. "Fox 12's Sophie Soong eats wings for charity". KPTV. September 27, 2012. Retrieved August 13, 2015.
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