CLINTON — Despite being out of the newspaper business for the past 20 months, former Clinton Herald sports editor Ted Schultz will be honored by the Iowa High School Athletic Association with the News Media award.

Schultz, now the Sports Information Director at Grinnell College, will be honored at halftime of the Iowa Class 1A boys state championship tonight.

“I was very surprised I was chosen to receive the award since I had been out of the newspaper business for over a year-and-a-half,” Schultz said Thursday.

The Denison High School and Northwestern College graduate spent 20 years in the newspaper industry before moving to Grinnell. Schultz started his professional career at the Atlantic News-Telegraph as the sports editor in 1988. In 1993, he became the managing editor of the Wilton Durant Advocate-News before moving to the Clinton Herald in 1994.

In Clinton, Schultz started as the assistant sports editor under former sports editor George Kampling. After Kampling’s retirement, Schultz moved into the editor position.

While at the Clinton Herald, Schultz received awards from the Iowa Newspaper Association (INA) and the Associated Press (AP) for his writing. He received an award from the AP for one of his stories on the girls state track meet and an award from INA for his story on a cross country runner from Ashford University who competed despite suffering from cerebral palsy.

“This is a proffession that you certainly don’t get into for the money of the accolades,” Schultz said. “But it is nice to be recognized for your hard work and effort.”

Schultz also coached cross country and track at Clinton High School. In 2003, he was named state cross country assistant coach of the year.

Schultz says that being considered among some of the state’s all-time best sports writers is flattering.

“I’ve known a lot of people who have received this award in the past and I feel grateful and priveleged to get it,” Schultz said.

Ted and his wife, Marsha, live in Grinnell and are host parents to Nina Witt, a German exchange student, and have two dogs, Archie and Oscar.

Schultz will be recognized at the halftime of the Iowa Class 1A state championship game which starts at 6 p.m. tonight. The game will be televised on Fox-KLJB.