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
- The Michigan-Michigan State basketball rivalry deserves the Big Ten's attention
College basketball is so corrupt, the FBI itself felt it had to investigate it, busting a bunch of coaches this past fall. But that’s not the case here in Michigan, where two of the sport’s greatest l …
- To turn around the Wolverines, Harbaugh should look to his own past
This year, for the first time, the Big Ten failed to place a team in the four-team College Football Playoff. But the league redeemed itself by winning its first seven bowl games – an amazing run. The …
- Michigan sports year in review for 2017
Time to look back on 2017 – but we’ll spare you the serious stuff and stick to sports. Even in sports, alas, Michiganders waded through a lot of bad news, starting with the passing of Mike Ilitch. He …
- Our presents aren't always entirely altruistic
Christmas is here once again, right on time. I can’t say this is that big a deal for me. I’ve seen 53 of them – and really, at my age, if I really need it, I’ve already got it. Why I really need is le …
- 112,000 fans gave this Vietnam vet and Michigan football alum a much overdue "thank you" Saturday
During every University of Michigan football game for the past few years, they’ve honored a veteran, some going back to World War II. But even by those standards, Saturday’s was special.