Assistant Director of Athletic Communications
Bob Sakamoto is in his seventh year as Assistant Director of Athletics Communications.
Sakamoto came to DePaul in the summer of 2009 after a 32-year career as a sportswriter at the Chicago Tribune that included four years as the beat writer for the Bulls/NBA and four seasons as a beat writer for the Bears.
His coverage of the Bulls coincided with the franchise drafting a superstar guard from North Carolina, and Sakamoto spent the next four years traveling around the country with Michael Jordan and finding out what made him tick. Sakamoto wrote two books on Jordan, who often took Sakamoto into his confidence.
He also engaged in extensive coverage of high school football, basketball and softball during his Tribune career and co-hosted a weekly, hour-long TV show on CLTV from 1995-2005 which received an Emmy Award nomination. The "High School Extra" call-in show that was popular with high school athletes and students also featured live interviews on set with coaches and student-athletes. A number of high-profile recruits announced their college decisions on the show.
Sakamoto won numerous local and national awards for his writing while at the Tribune and won three writing awards in June, 2013 at the CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) national convention in Orlando, Fla. and two more at the CoSIDA convention in 2014. He has been inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the Chicago Public League Coaches Association Hall of Fame. In 2015, he became one of only nine people to be honored with the IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award presented to him and his family before at Mt.Carmel football game.
He is a graduate of Lane Tech High School during which time he spent three summers as the batboy for the Chicago White Sox. He earned a Bachlelor's degree in English from MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill. in 1975 and a Master's degree in Journalism from Northwestern in 1976. He began his journalism career at the now-defunct Chicago Daily News in 1976 and came to the Tribune Company in 1977.
This lifelong fan of DePaul used to sneak into basketball games at Alumni Hall as a young kid growing up at Orchard & Belden in the Lincoln Park community, and now he covers those games for the DePaul Athletics website depaulbluedemons.com.