How He Played the Game wins First Place!

On June 25, 2022 the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW) announced that “How He Played the Game” by John Riley has been recognized as the first place winner of their annual award in the category of “Nonfiction: Biography or History.”

NFPW is a nationwide organization of women and men pursuing careers across the communications spectrum, including print and electronic journalism, freelancing, new media, books, public relations, marketing, graphic design, photography, advertising, radio and television. A distinguished group of professional journalists, communications specialists and educators judged nearly 2,000 entries in a wide variety of categories. Only first-place winning entries at the state level are eligible to enter the national contest. All entries were published between Jan. 1, 2021, and Dec. 31, 2021. 

On March 23, 2022 the Delaware Press Association (DPA) announced that “How He Played the Game” by John Riley has been recognized as the first place winner of their annual award in the category of “Nonfiction: Biography or History.”

About the Delaware Press Association

Founded in 1977, the DPA is a network of more than 150 journalists, broadcasters, public relations specialists, graphic designers, photojournalists, educators, authors, poets, and freelancers dedicated to the highest standards of excellence in communication and to protecting First Amendment freedoms.


According to the DPA website the Annual Communications Contest is open to all professional communicators in Delaware and nearby out-of-state communities and encourages and rewards excellence in communication. Judged by out-of-state communications professionals to ensure impartiality, the contest provides an opportunity to compete in various print or electronic broadcasting fields. All DPA contest winners are honored at the DPA Annual Meeting and Contest Awards Banquet each spring.

About the Author

John Riley is an award-winning author who grew up with Ed “Porky” Oliver’s family in Wilmington, Delaware. He spent most of his career as a public affairs executive. Since retiring in 2016, Riley has devoted himself to writing and to various roles in golf, such as supporting the First Tee and the BMW Championship, which funds the Evans Scholars Foundation. He is a past recipient of the annual award of the Delaware State Golf Association for contributions to the game of golf. Riley is a graduate of the University of Delaware, where he captained the golf team.

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