John Dudley

Erie Times-News

Senior reporter/columnist

John Dudley

Covering the NFL and NBA D-League basketball and writing columns for the Erie Times-News since 1999.



Pirates, PNC captivate as playoff baseball returns to Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH -- The rickshaws-for-hire rolled their fares right past Heinz Field on Tuesday night, gently bouncing a little further east, through the jammed parking lots and around the big crowds, to the intersection of General Robinson and Federal streets, to the ballpark that usually stands empty this time of year. Whether summer's game really has been dead here or just cryogenically frozen, waiting for a soothsayer like Clint Hurdle to sprinkle homespun fairy dust in the home clubhouse and revive a club that once captured this city's imagination, it returned with fervor this week.
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John Dudley: Pirates, once cute and cuddly, are a real threat now

PITTSBURGH -- For most of the summer, the Pirates were a seemingly harmless curiosity. First they assured themselves a winning season for the first time in 21 years, and that was cute. Then they clinched a spot in the single-game NL Wild Card Game -- at PNC Park, no less -- and it became a warm, cuddly story that the national media grabbed and ran with, complete with the hockey-style chants from their fans directed at opposing pitchers.
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John Dudley: Tomlin on verge of joining elite coaching group

Sit through a few Mike Tomlin news conferences and you will quickly realize that the Steelers' coach has little interest in discussing his own accomplishments. Tomlin is, and has been since his arrival nearly four years ago, all about the team all the time. But depending on how the next month plays out, he could find it more difficult to brush those questions aside.
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John Dudley: Roethlisberger, in unlikely relief role, leads Steelers past Browns

The first surprise came when Ben Roethlisberger, six days removed from a walking boot, was listed as active Sunday and as such, theoretically healthy enough to back up Landry Jones, should the need arise. Welcome to From December 15th - January 15th, you will have unlimited story views.
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Times In-Depth: As rivals expand athletic facilities, Erie schools struggle

Sometimes the biggest challenge for Katie Giles isn't coaching her Strong Vincent girls soccer players at practices. It's getting them there. With no field available for soccer at the westside Erie high school, Giles' team until recently practiced about 21/2 miles away, at the field next to the former Hamilton Elementary School. But the Sarah A. Reed Children's Center bought that school from the Erie School District in 2012, and is now using the field for extracurricular activities during the time slot when the Strong Vincent girls would like to play on it. As a result, Giles is scrambling for practice space. Her team has been alternating between Brabender Field on West 23rd Street and Emerson Avenue, when the Strong Vincent boys soccer team isn't using it, and the field at Grover Cleveland Elementary, 1540 W. 38th St., when Central Tech's boys soccer team isn't on it.
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Olympian remains modest family man

His son had just won an Olympic wrestling gold medal, and Robert Baumgartner believed their hometown was snubbing its nose. A few months after the 1984 Olympics, Robert Baumgartner told his wife he intended to go before the city council in Haledon, N.J., and insist its members honor his boy with a commemorative street sign.
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Creamer poised for title shot

Michelle Wie is gone, off to prepare for her next LPGA event in Columbus, Ohio. The 300-yard drives that made her a magnet for Kahkwa Club's galleries were absent Friday afternoon, replaced by a cold rain and a handful of contenders who, for all their talent, cannot match the curiosity Wie inspires every time she slides a tee into the ground.
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Astorino's inspired play at Penn State could carry him into NFL

Tom Bradley didn't attend the PIAA Class AAA basketball championship game in March 2007. But not long after the game ended, Bradley, an assistant football coach at Pennsylvania State University, received a message saying only that General McLane High School had won on a basket made with two seconds to play. "I said to one of the other coaches, 'I'll bet you Drew hit that shot,'" Bradley said, referring to Drew Astorino, then a Lancers senior who was headed to Penn State on a football scholarship. "That was just the kind of situation where you would expect him to come up big."
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Koscheck rights self for next fight

Josh Koscheck has had hundreds of workouts in Edinboro's wrestling room. Until Tuesday, none had ended with him punching Tim Flynn in the gut. No, the former NCAA champion and his former coach didn't get into a scrap after an overheated training session. Flynn was simply curious to feel what it's like to take a punch from an Ultimate Fighting Championships star.
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Wreh-Wilson transforms himself into NFL prospect

ERIE, Pa. -- Sometime during the next 48 hours, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should step to a podium in New York and announce Blidi Wreh-Wilson as an early-round selection in the NFL Draft. It's safe to say no one is more pleasantly surprised to see the former General McLane High School and University of Connecticut star in that position than Wreh-Wilson's father, Elliott. "I thought he was one of those people who was going to get good grades in college and stand on the sideline holding his helmet for four years," Elliott Wreh-Wilson said of his son, who played only one season of high school football. "My wife and I are shocked by what he's done."
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John Dudley

Three-time finalist in the Associated Press Sports Editors contest for project reporting and feature writing. Six-time winner in the Keystone Press Awards for column writing and features. Western Pennsylvania Press Club Golden Quill Award finalist for investigative reporting on steroids use in sports.

Freelance work for Washington Post, Boston Globe, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer, Portland (Maine) Press-Herald, Youngstown (Ohio) Vindicator, Trenton (N.J.) Times, Pennsylvania Football News and Pennsylvania Wrestling Newsmagazine.

Researched and wrote a book about Edinboro University's Division I wrestling program's ascent to national prominence on a Division II campus with limited funding. (Reedy Press, St. Louis, Mo.)

Major assignments include three Super Bowls, AFC Championship games, MLB playoff series, professional golf, NCAA football, NCAA basketball championships, NCAA wrestling championships, Olympic profiles, Big Ten and ACC football.

Member, Pro Football Writers Association of America. Taught a sportswriting class at Edinboro University.

Wife Ellen and three kids, Austin, Logan and Megan.



  • Video production and editing
  • TV and radio appearances
  • Investigative reporting
  • Column writing