Mike Kern will turn 49 in April of 2010. Born in Holmesburg, he has lived in Northeast Philly all his life, and now lives in Torresdale. He went to Lincoln High School, then Temple University. Came to the Philadelphia Daily News almost right out of college, started as part-time clerk, graduated to full-time clerk, promoted to sports writer on February 1, 1982, when the Bulletin folded and the Daily News started covering suburban high school sports. That was his beat for five or six years.

He began covering the colleges at that point. In 1991, he also took over the golf beat. He has been the national college football writer since 1993. Mike has won numerous national writing awards for golf and basketball, for stories on Tiger Woods and John Chaney, mostly. Kern was the Pennsylvania Sports Writer of the Year in 2003 and became a member of Lincoln's Wall of Honor that same year. Mike was president of the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association for two years. He's married for 24 years, he has a daughter, 23, and son, 21, both seniors at Temple. Mike Kern is part of the Philadelphia Daily News sports team seen daily on Comcast SportNet at 5 pm.

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