Inductee — Dave Krider

dkriderDave Krider

Class of 2004

Birthplace: Elkhart, IN



A graduate of Elkhart High School Dave went on to receive a BA in journalism from Indiana University receiving the Ernie Pyle Award for sports writing two times. At the Elkhart Truth he served as assistant sports editor covering the city and county beats and writing periodic columns and features. Moving to the Herald-Argus in LaPorte he served as the sports editor for 28 ½ years. He did the page layouts and managed a staff of six reporters. Covered every local high school sport writing many features and columns. He had the opportunity to cover selected games of the Bulls, White Sox and Cubs, Pacers and Universities of Kentucky and Louisville. During this stint USA Today was launched and Dave was an original member of the high school staff doing freelance writing for 12 years and then full time beginning in 1994. He originated the Super 25 team and player rankings for football and boys basketball and did the same for baseball for 11 years and girls basketball for four years. Was the anchorman on the prep staff for 17 ½ years. Dave served as the national sports editor of the new company HIGHWIRED.COM from Watertown, Mass, a national website/magazine. He contributed material for AOL and Digital Cities and did national rankings for teams and players.

Many awards have come his way. Dave was the first newspaperman to be inducted into the National Federation of State High School Associations Hall of Fame. Significant note: John Wooden wrote the letter of recommendation for Dave. He is the only high school writer to be inducted into the U.S. Basketball Writers Hall of Fame. In 2003 he was inducted into the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame and has won or shared 31 awards. Noteworthy items in his career was being an original member of the committee to select McDonalds All American basketball team; has been featured in Sports Illustrated, New York Times and Chicago Sun-Times; was called the Walter Cronkite of high school basketball by Birmingham Post Herald; wrote columns in Basketball Times for eight years and for 21 years did material for Street & Smith’s Magazine. He was the publicity director for the IHSBCA for 17 years promoting Indiana baseball.

Dave has been either sponsor or co-sponsor for local Fellowship of Christian Athletes for past 29 years and in 1994 was named Grand Marshall by LaPorte Jaycees for their Fourth of July parade. He is in his 40th year covering prep sports the last 30 on a national basis.

Dave has been married for past 15 years, as of 2004, to former Lois Joslyn, who teaches third grade in LaPorte. Daughter Lynette Duke lives in North Carolina; Randy deceased; one grandson Josh Wilmsen and three stepchildren Brooke Joslyn deceased; Jami Holt of Laporte and Kelli Jonkman of Demotte.