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Joe Lapointe

Adjunct Professor

B.A., Wayne State University


Joe Lapointe, who teaches Sports Writing and News Writing, enjoys the LIU Brooklyn atmosphere because it reminds him of Wayne State University in Downtown Detroit. Lapointe spent 20 years as a sports reporter for the New York Times, 11 at the Detroit Free Press and three at the Chicago Sun-Times. Aside from most major sports stars, Lapointe has interviewed and written about Jimmy Hoffa (the original), Mick Jagger, Richard Nixon and Robert Redford. Lapointe once ate in a hotel bar in Washington when in walked the most beautiful woman in the world. "Who's that?" Lapointe asked the waiter. "That woman, sir," the waiter replied, "is Sophia Loren." Lapointe has covered the Olympics, Super Bowls, the World Series and the finals of the Stanley Cup playoffs and the National Basketball Association. His favorite interview was with Muhammad Ali. Lapointe once shook Joe Louis's hand. It was a big, strong hand.