Bacon earned an honors degree in history (“pre-unemployment”) from the University of Michigan, and a Master’s in Education. He also was awarded a Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship in 2005-06, where he was the first recipient of the Benny Friedman Fellowship for Sports Journalism.
He started his journalism career covering high school sports for The Ann Arbor News, then wrote a light-hearted lifestyle column before becoming the Sunday sports feature writer for The Detroit News in 1995. There he wrote long features about Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier, bullfighting in Spain, and high school basketball on a Potawatomi reservation in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, earning numerous state and national awards for his work.
Bacon is the author of the upcoming book “Endzone: The Rise, Fall, and Return of Michigan Football.” His views are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of Michigan Radio, its management, or its license holder, the University of Michigan.
Stories from John U Bacon
- Football is becoming safer, but perception of danger remains.
Americans have become obsessed with concussions, and with good reason. But for medical professionals, it’s a double-edged sword: people are interested, but they also have more misinformation. For exam …
- When Americans responded to a devastating explosion in Halifax, this man changed his mind about them
The University of Michigan hockey team started its season last week. But the program started 94 years ago. It was a surprising byproduct of the worst man-made explosion to that point, and of a young m …
- Michigan fans need to be more patient with Jim Harbaugh
After the Michigan Wolverines lost to Michigan State, they beat Indiana and then traveled to Happy Valley to take on Penn State, looking for a little more redemption. What a difference a year makes.
- Bacon: Saunders realized how much he had to live for
Since 1986, college football fans looked forward to hearing the beautiful baritone of John Saunders on ESPN and ABC – but not this year. I met him two decades ago during a charity hockey game at Joe L …
- BACON: Not everyone is a fan of these night games
For the first time in their 119-year football rivalry, Michigan and Michigan State football will play at night this Saturday. The 7:30 kick-off time excites the recruits, the players, and the students …