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Earl Luebker
Sportswriters (2005)  

Earl Luebker started as a reporter for the Tacoma Morning News Tribune in 1949 and that “summer replacement” job lasted 37 years. Luebker worked his way through the ranks as a general assignment reporter and sports writer before becoming the associate sports editor and later the sports editor in the 1980s. He retired from the Tacoma News Tribune in 1983.
Luebker covered all levels of Tacoma area sports including high school, college and professional. He earned Washington State Sports Writer of the Year honors in 1974, and was past president of the Football Writers Association of America and the Puget Sound Sportswriters and ‘Casters Association. The All-America Football Foundation named him as a Jim Murray Sports Writer Award winner.
Luebker covered three Olympic Summer Games for the News Tribune and was especially proud of the fact that a Tacoman won a gold medal in each—swimmer Kaye Hall in Mexico City in 1968, boxer Sugar Ray Seales in Munich in 1972 and boxer Leo Randolph in Montreal in 1976.
He was inducted into the Pacific Lutheran University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996 because of outstanding writing that focused local, regional and national attention on the school’s burgeoning athletic program.