Jeff Schultz has worked at the Journal-Constitution since 1989. He has been honored three times by the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE), including being named one of the top 10 sports columnists in the nation in 2008. The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA) has named him the top sportswriter in Georgia the last two years. He also has been honored in the past by the Cox Media Group and the Georgia Press Association, among others.
Schultz grew up in Los Angeles as one of the few sports fans who actually arrived at games on time and didn’t leave early. Watching the Rams play at the old (and still standing) Coliseum, reading the columns of the late Jim Murray and seeing the Odd Couple’s Oscar Madison once pull a half-eaten sandwich out of his bathrobe in the morning inspired him to pursue a career in sports writing.
Prior to coming to the AJC, Schultz worked for the San Jose Mercury News and the Los Angeles Daily News, covering the NFL, the NHL and the NBA. He co-authored a book on the San Francisco 49ers, “Team of the Decade.”
He began his career with a part-time job for the Santa Monica Evening Outlook, earning $5 per story to cover high school football games. His first assignment led to one coach initially claiming he had been misquoted after a loss, when the story included the post-game comment: “Either we’re the worst football team in the league or I’m the worst coach.” Of course, the coach later admitted the quote was accurate. Schultz has had trust issues ever since.