David Lee Morgan
David Lee Morgan, Jr. was a sportswriter for 15 years (1995-2010) with the Akron Beacon Journal before leaving to start a non-profit program called ''David Lee Morgan, Jr.'s M.V.P. (Most Valuable Person) Youth Character Education and Literacy Program.'' With the Beacon Journal, David covered the Cleveland Cavaliers, the University of Akron, the Akron Aeros and high school sports. He was the beat writer for the Aeros, the Indians' Double-A affiliate, from 1997 to 2003. David also was part of the Beacon Journal's coverage during the Indians' 1997 playoff run, which included a World Series appearance against eventual champions the Florida Marlins.
David covered NBA All-Star and MVP LeBron James when James played at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio. David has written the following books "LeBron James: The Rise of A Star" (2003), "Kelly 'The Ghost' Pavlik: The Pride of Youngstown" (2009), "More Than A Coach: What It Means To Play For Coach, Mentor and Friend Jim Tressel" (2009), "High School Heroes: Athlete's Stories of Inspiration, Dedication and Hope" (2009) and "A Ring For The King: King James, Shaq and the Quest for an NBA Championship" (2009) and ''Game Changers: The Greatest Plays In Ohio State Football History'' (2010).
David was named the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association Writer of the Year three times (2004, 2007 and 2009). He is a former basketball and baseball player from Warren G. Harding High School in Warren, Ohio, the same high school that produced Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Paul Warfield, former Ohio State All-American and NFL All-Pro offensive lineman and the late Korey Stringer, former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett and former University of Michigan star and current New York Giants wide receiver Mario Manningham.
David also played baseball for a year at Youngstown State University, where he received a bachelor's degree in Professional Writing & Editing with a minor in journalism. He is a 1994 inductee of the Trumbull County African-American Achievers Hall of Fame and lives in Akron.