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IndyStar sportswriter Terry Hutchens has been inducted into the USBWA Hall of Fame

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Former IndyStar sportscaster Terry Hutchens was inducted into the United States Basketball Writers Association Hall of Fame during the NCAA Men's Final Four last weekend. Bob Baptist of the Columbus Dispatch, Donna Ditota of the Syracuse Post-Standard and Chris Dortch of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook were also inducted.

“This year’s Hall of Fame class is a celebration of careers truly dedicated to covering college basketball,” USBWA President Brendan Quinn said in a news release. “In their own unique ways, Bob, Chris, Donna and Terry have given readers and fans the two things they want most – information and perspective. Congratulations to our new recruits and their families.”

Hutchens began his career in Indiana in July 1986 at the Indianapolis News and then worked for IndyStar until 2013, spending a total of nearly 28 years in the city. He covered Indiana University sports for 15 years. He was the IU beat writer for CNHI Sports Indiana until his death at age 60 in a car accident in 2018. Hutchens was best known for his IU reporting, writing 11 books and teaching journalism at IU. He has been named Indiana Sportswriter of the Year five times. He was known for his work with younger reporters.

Hutchens started as a general assignment reporter but always devoted himself to sports, covering the White River Park State Games, high school sports, racing and the Pan Am Games. He covered Wrestlemania VIII in 1992, an event that was huge for the city at the time.

He took over the Colts' beat in 1991 and seven years later became IndyStar's IU beat writer. Hutchens covered the end of the Bob Knight era in 2000 and late IU football coach Terry Hoeppner's battle with brain cancer. He left IndyStar in 2013 to work for Scout.com.

Hutchens grew up in Southern California as a young boy who fell in love with UCLA basketball legends John Wooden and Bill Walton. He knew he wanted to be a sports journalist when he was in middle school. After graduating from high school in Yorba Linda, he studied journalism at California State University, Fullerton. While in college, he covered high school sports for the Fullerton Daily News Tribune. When he was 28, Hutchens arrived in Indiana, beginning the path that would lead to a Hall of Fame career centered around his coverage of the Hoosiers.