NATCHITOCHES – The Baton Rouge Advocate’s longtime high school sportswriter Robin Fambrough and veteran LSU basketball sports information director Kent Lowe have been selected for the 2020 Distinguished Service Award in Sports Journalism from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association, and will be inducted in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame next June.
Fambrough has covered high school sports for the Baton Rouge Advocate for 30 years, while also serving the LSWA in leadership capacities including a crucial stint as the organization’s first female president from 1999-2001. As the LSWA’s liaison with the Louisiana High School Athletic Association since the mid-1990s, Fambrough has also played a pivotal role for both organizations.
Lowe, senior associate sports communications director for LSU since 2000, has won national and state awards for his press releases, columns and publications at LSU. The longtime LSWA treasurer, and a past president of the organization, Lowe has been the driving force since 2002 behind the Cox Sports Television show spotlighting the Hall of Fame’s annual induction ceremonies.
Fambrough and Lowe will be among the elite 12-person Class of 2020 being inducted in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame on June 27th in Natchitoches. Fambrough and Lowe were selected from a 24-person pool of outstanding nominees for the state’s top sports journalism honor.
The Distinguished Service Award in Sports Journalism is the most prestigious honor offered to sports media in the state. Recipients are chosen by the 35-member Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame selection committee based on nominees’ professional accomplishments in local, state, regional and even national arenas, with leadership in the LSWA a contributing factor and three decades of work in the profession as a requirement.
The LSHOF Class of 2020 includes a pair of multiple-year Pro Bowl NFL standouts in New Orleans Saints receiver Joe Horn and Chicago Bears and University of Louisiana cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman, outdoorsman Phil Robertson, former LSU football coach Nick Saban, eight-time Mr. Olympia world bodybuilding champion Ronnie Coleman, Harlem Globetrotters legend Sweet Lou Dunbar, two-time All-America guard Kerry Kittles of Villanova, and Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters basketball legend Angela Turner.