Longtime local sports reporter/anchor Jim Hill was named Monday the recipient of the Los Angeles Press Club’s Joseph M. Quinn Award for Lifetime Achievement.
“From his earliest days with the Packers and the Chargers to his long career at CBS2, nobody knows sports like Jim Hill,” Press Club President Chris Palmeri said in a statement. “His class, charitable work and devotion to this city make him the perfect honoree for our lifetime achievement award.”
The award will be presented June 30 during the 61st Southern California Journalism Awards Gala at the Millennium Biltmore hotel in downtown Los Angeles.
Hill joined KNXT-TV, which later became known as KCBS-TV, in 1976, following an eight-year professional football career. He moved to ABC7 in 1987 and returned to CBS2 in 1992.
Hill was also an analyst on NFL games on CBS and hosted pay-per-view boxing telecasts. Hill has also been involved with many civic and charitable organizations, including as a member of the board of directors of the Los Angeles Urban League and the advisory board of the Boy Scouts of America.
Born Oct. 21, 1946, in San Antonio, Hill played college football at Texas A&I — now Texas A&M-Kingsville — and was chosen by the San Diego Chargers in the first round of the 1968 draft, the 18th overall selection.
He played defensive back for the Chargers from 1969-71, missing the 1968 season because of a knee injury; the Green Bay Packers from 1972-74; and Cleveland Browns in 1975, making 19 interceptions in 94 games.
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