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Guild stalwart and AP sports writer Dave Goldberg dies

Long-time Guild stalwart and former shop steward Dave Goldberg, who spent 41 years at The Associated Press, has died.
Goldberg, 73, passed away from complications after having hip surgery following a fall in late January. The AP’s lead NFL writer for 25 years before his retirement in 2009, Goldberg was also a correspondent, editor, assistant bureau chief and supervisory during his AP career.
Fondly referred to as “Dr. Schmooze” by his sports colleagues, Goldberg wouldn’t hesitate to offer his thoughts on any subject.

AP Photo by Bernadette Tuazon

AP Photo by Bernadette Tuazon


He was “impatient, critical and sometimes scornful of lazy and sloppy journalism, but always willing to lend a hand to even those he complained about,” said former colleague Tom Jory, who also retired from The AP in 2009. “He disliked covering events that attracted media with little or no knowledge of what was his bread and butter. But should one of the less experienced or knowledgeable reporters ask him to explain something, he would drop what he was doing for a gracious and full response.”
Goldberg was also a strong supporter of the Guild and served as the shop steward for the sports desk.
Goldberg joined the AP in 1968 and served as a New Jersey state house correspondent and news editor. He was an assistant bureau chief in Chicago before returning to New York and serving as a supervisor on the general news desk. He was also a features writer, editor and supervisor, often handling political stories. Goldberg moved to the sports desk in 1982.
Goldberg is survived by his sister, brother and sister-in-law, and three nieces.