FAGAN

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He also had a short stint work­ing with The Gads­den Times’ sports de­part­ment un­der Alabama Sports Hall of Fame mem­ber Jimmy Smoth­ers.

Like many of the play­ers and coaches he’s cov­ered dur­ing his tenure as The Her­ald’s sports writer, Fagan has been hon­ored nu­mer­ous time for his col­umns, fea­tures and game sto­ries.

In June 2014, Fagan re­ceived the Chero­kee County Sports Hall of Fame’s Mer­i­to­ri­ous Ser­vice Award as well as the Alabama Sports Writ­ers As­so­ci­a­tion’s Bill Shel­ton Award. The Shel­ton Award, named for long time Cull­man Times Sports Ed­i­tor Bill Shel­ton, is given an­nu­ally to an in­di­vid­ual who goes above and be­yond with ser­vice in sports jour­nal­ism.

Fagan’s crown­ing ca­reer achieve­ment came in June 2015 in Mo­bile when he earned the cov­eted Herby Kirby Memo­rial Award for his ar­ti­cle en­ti­tled “A Starr at Cin­derella’s Ball,” which told the story of Cere­bral Palsy advo- cate and Cen­tre na­tive A.J. Starr re­ceiv­ing the “No Ex­cuses” award in Wash­ing­ton. D.C.

“I can’t think of any­body who de­serves it more,” com­mented Her­ald Ed­i­tor Terry Dean on Fagan’s be­ing named as the first recipient. “To me, it is a no brainer. I have wit­nessed the hours he puts in, the time he has spent trav­el­ing across the state at times to make sure our ath­letes get the recog­ni­tion they de­serve.”

“The fact is, he loves what he does

and he is great at it,” said Dean. “Ded­i­ca­tion to his job doesn’t even be­gin to cover it. As any­body in the me­dia is aware, a lot of it has to do with work­ing with peo­ple. He has earned the re­spect of lo­cal coaches, par­ents and ath­letes and is mo­ti­vated by the fact that he wants to see them suc­ceed as much as they do. The Mu­seum and His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety should feel proud to call Shan­non Fagan the first recipient of the Baker-Dean Me­dia Award.”

“I think he (Fagan) epit­o­mizes the qual­i­ties we ex­pected peo­ple to have (as award re­cip­i­ents),” said WEIS Ra­dio Per­son­al­ity Jerry Baker. “He is an out­stand­ing jour­nal­ist. I am proud that he is the first recipient. I can’t think of any­body who would be more de­serv­ing.”

“I’d like to thank the Chero­kee County Mu­seum and His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety for nom­i­nat­ing me for this award’s in­au­gu­ral honor,” said Fagan. “It’s hum­bling to be the first recipient of the Baker-Dean Me­dia Award.”

“To be men­tioned in the same con­text as Jerry Baker and Terry Dean is cer­tainly an honor,” said Fagan. “They’re both icons in the com­mu­nity, and I con­grat­u­late them on hav­ing this dis­tin­guished award named after them. I ad­mire and re­spect them for their ded­i­ca­tion and ser­vice to the peo­ple of Chero­kee County. They’ve both done an ex­cel­lent job of keep­ing the public in­formed, which is not an easy task. I’ve had the good for­tune of see­ing them both in ac­tion through the years. They’re both masters of their craft, but more im­por­tant to me is their friend­ship.”

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