N4029 Frank Melville Jr. Memorial Library
Bob Herzog has worked in the sports department at Newsday since 1976. He was a copy editor until 1980, when he was promoted to Sunday Sports Editor. In 1986, he was named Sports Features Editor, in charge of special projects as well as pro sports and Olympics assignments. He edited six APSE award-winning special sections on baseball, football and Long Island sports history. In 1998, he became a Senior Sports Writer and covered St. John’s and Big East basketball from 1998-2000, attending three Final Fours. He was also a backup beat writer for the New York pro teams. In 2000, he switched exclusively to pro sports, where he covered the Yankees, Mets, Giants and Jets until 2008. During that time, he was part of Newsday’s coverage team for five World Series, countless MLB playoff games and two Super Bowls. In 2008, he switched gigs once again, moving to the the high school sports beat as part of a greater commitment to local sports under Newsday’s new owners, Cablevision. That commitment coincided with the start-up of the 24/7 high school sports channel, MSG Varsity, with which Newsday is a partner. Herzog has contributed to MSG Varsity as well as Newsday’s web site, which includes his blog and Twitter links. He writes game stories, features, columns and issues-oriented pieces involving the more than 100 high schools on Long Island.Herzog grew up on Long Island, graduated from Commack High School where he was co-captain of the baseball team, and received a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Syracuse University. He graduated from Syracuse in 1972, and in the fall of that year, married his college sweetheart, Bonnie, an Elementary Education major at Syracuse. They have a son (Jamey) and daughter (Allison) who both live and work in New England.
Herzog worked at newspapers in Buffalo, N.Y., Trenton, N.J. and Lansdale, Pa., before coming to Newsday in 1976. He has been an adjunct professor at Stony Brook since 2011, teaching the Sports Reporting course in the spring semester.