Hobbs keynote speaker at San Miguel Fund luncheon

By From staff reports

Longtime American Press Sports Editor Scooter Hobbs will serve as keynote speaker at the Hector San Miguel Fund award luncheon, which is set for

noon Thursday at L’Auberge Casino Resort.

Shawn Martin, a longtime American Press reporter, has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Hector San Miguel Memorial Fund award. The award honors San Miguel,

an award-winning American Press reporter and editor who died in 2009 of complications from leukemia.

Hobbs is replacing Jeff Pearlman as keynote speaker. Pearlman, a nationally known sports author, had to cancel because of

a family emergency, said Sonny Marks, fund advisory board chairman.

Hobbs, who was close friends with both San Miguel and Martin, started at the American Press in 1979. He has been named Louisiana Sports Columnist of the Year nine times and Louisiana Sportswriter of the Year four


During his career, Hobbs has received more than 70 first-place writing awards.

Hobbs has covered all six of LSU’s

baseball national championships, the Tigers BCS football national

championships in 2003

and 2007, their Final Four appearances in 1981, 1986 and 2006, and

the New Orleans Saints Super Bowl victory over the Indianapolis

Colts in 2010 in Miami. Also — relevant especially this week — he

covered the state championship game the last time Barbe

was in it in 1980.

The Hector San Miguel Fund award is

given each year to a person who has “produced outstanding achievements

in journalism”;

has shown a “relentless pursuit of the truth”; or whose work has

“made a substantial, positive impact on Southwest Louisiana.”

Martin, who worked at the Press for almost 20 years, died Feb. 15. He was 48.

During his career, he won several

Louisiana Press Association and Associated Press Managing Editor writing

and photography

awards. He was the newspaper’s longtime Beauregard Parish bureau

chief in DeRidder. He also served as a photographer and photo

assignments editor at the paper’s Lake Charles office.

“Shawn was an incredible journalist who brought national acclaim to the American Press,” Marks said. “He broke the story on how Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff took advantage of representing the Coushatta Tribe.”

Jim Beam, retired American Press

editor, political columnist and the first recipient of the Hector San

Miguel Fund award, hired Martin. He called him “a fearless

reporter who never hesitated to take on the political giants of

this state and this nation.”

Martin will be honored at the luncheon and his family will be there to receive the award in his honor. The award comes with

a stipend. Past award recipients are Beam and Vincent Lupo, longtime American Press courthouse reporter.

Doors for the luncheon will open at 11:30 a.m.; the program will begin at noon.

For more information, call the foundation at 491-6688 or email dvaughan@foundationswla.org.