The following excerpt announcement was sent out from The New York Times sports editor Randy Archibold:
Bill Pennington, who over a quarter century has covered baseball, football, golf, skiing, the Olympics and lots of other stuff in between, will be retiring from The Times in early September.
Bill has been one of our best, most agile writers, and one of our kindest and most generous souls. He was one of the first reporters I worked with when I joined Sports in 2015, and I looked forward to our conversations and edits because I knew I would always come away learning something — about the sport, about Bill, about The Times. His gems were always delivered with wit and grace, even under deadline pressure.
His last day will be Sept. 9, but he has graciously agreed to continue to contribute to the report.
“Perhaps the most important thing is that I’ll continue to contribute to the Sports report. I’m just downsizing. For 25 years, the best part of being at The Times has been the feeling that whenever I’m working with a colleague — which is on virtually every project or story — I’m collaborating with the best journalists in the world.”
Congratulations, Bill, on a stellar career.